Getting ready for the 13.1

Photo by Valley of Lilies Half Marathon 2011

The annual Valley of Lilies Half Marathon and 5k is just around the corner and runners are gearing up for the 13.1 trek through the scenic Cullowhee Valley.

“I’ve never done a half marathon before, I’m excited to be out there with other people that I know at Western,” said 22-year-old WCU Senior, Kaykay Deardoff who is one of four students in her major signed up to run.

She has set no expectations except to do her best in the race. “I’m nervous, but excited,” said Deardoff.

WCU’s campus is located in the heart of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and is a short drive from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Cherokee, setting a perfect canvas for runners.

Photo by Valley of Lilies Half Marathon 2011

Last year there were 188 participants competed in the half marathon. So far 191 people have signed up for the half marathon and 86 people for the 5k run/walk.

Sandy Terhune, Co-race Director, said that more people are still signing up with only a little over a week until the race. She thinks there may be up to 200 participants for the half.

“We have some really great shirts to give out to the runners and walkers,” added Terhune. “Our sponsors are giving out cool stuff for the participants to walk away with.”

Proceeds of the race will go to students at WCU to assist in professional presentations and travel to conferences. If you would like to participate it is not to late to sign up.