Catamount Climb Half Marathon & 5K

Sat April 1, 2023

The 2023 Catamount Climb Half Marathon and 5K will be hosted on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC along the banks of the Tuckasegee River. The 5K course is completely on campus and navigates through the heart of campus with moderate elevation change. The half marathon course starts on campus, and then heads off campus for a few miles before returning back to campus for the finish line.

The Catamount Climb Half Marathon and 5K (formerly known as Valley of the Lilies) is hosted by the Western Carolina University School of Health Sciences and the Department of Campus Recreation & Wellness.All race proceeds go to support student professional development and travel and academic scholarships.

Race Packets

Each registered participant will receive a race packet that includes a race t-shirt, a race bib, and various coupons and other sponsorship materials. Finisher Medals will be given to all half-marathon finishers as well.

Packet Pick Up will occur the day before the race on March 31st 3pm-7pm at the Health and Human Services (HHS) building, and the morning of the race on April 1st 6:30am - 7:30am at the Campus Recreation Center. 

Planning Your Trip

Not only will you enjoy a challenging and rewarding Half Marathon or 5K race, but you also can take in the beauty of spring in the Western North Carolina mountains. After the race, grab some lunch at one of our area’s great restaurants then enjoy the Jackson County Ale Trail and celebrate NC Beer Month. There are numerous hotels, bed and breakfasts, resorts and other accommodations in the area that make the perfect weekend getaway. Request a free visitor guide and book your trip today.

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee NC

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