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Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:08

Group runs to inspire half-marathon hopefuls

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If the holidays resulted in a few extra inches to your waistline and you’re determined to get fit, a free half-marathon training program will kick-off in Jackson County in January.

The program culminates in Western Carolina University’s Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon & 5-K to be held March 25.

Group training runs for the half marathon will be held on campus at 6 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and at 8 a.m. on Saturdays, beginning Monday, Jan. 9.

In addition, all runners signed up for the half-marathon will get a free copy of a training plan developed by WCU’s athletic training faculty, with plans for both beginner and experienced runners. Experts in injury prevention, nutrition and health will provide information sessions and assistance to runners over the three-month training program as well.

The race:

The course will follow a scenic 13.1-mile journey through the WCU campus and along the Tuckasegee River. For runners looking for a shorter and faster option, race organizers have added a 5-K (3.1-mile) race and walk to this year’s activities.

Online registration for the half marathon and 5-K is available at active.com. Registration fees are $40 for the half marathon and $20 for the 5-K through Wednesday, Feb. 29. Beginning Thursday, March 1, the fees increase to $60 for the half marathon and $25 for the 5-K. No registration will be accepted after Wednesday, March 21, including on race day. halfmarathon.wcu.edu.

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