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Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk

Saturday, September 4, 2021

The Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk is a charitable event to support the recreation opportunities of Lake Junaluska through the Friends of the Lake program. All profits from this event go to the annual maintenance and improvement of the recreation areas at Lake Junaluska, which annually costs over $250,000. Gifts to the Friends of the Lake help Lake Junaluska continue to be a beloved place where the community can enjoy the walking trail, gardens and breathtaking vistas.

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Race Details

Where: Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center - Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym

When: Saturday, September 4, 2021

  • Start Time: 8 a.m.

Registration Fees: 

  • Early Registration (by Thursday, August 19): $25

  • Registration: $30

  • Students (18 & younger): $15 

These fees apply to the 5K Road Race and Walk. Registration fees can be paid by cash, check or credit card. Checks should be made payable to Lake Junaluska Assembly. 

Awards: The awards ceremony commences upon conclusion of the race. Awards will be given to the top three male and female winners in each age category. 

Age Categories:

  • 12 years and under
  • 13‐16
  • 17‐19
  • 20‐24
  • 25‐29
  • 30‐34
  • 35‐39
  • 40‐44
  • 45‐49
  • 50‐54
  • 55‐59
  • 60‐64
  • 65‐69
  • 70‐74
  • 75 and over

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I receive a t-shirt?
T-shirts will be given to those who pre-register by Thursday, August 19!

What is the course like?
The 5K Road Race & Walk will begin and end at the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym, which is located behind the Bethea Welcome Center. Click here to see a map of the course.

Will the course be marked?
Yes. The course for the 5K Road Race & Walk will be the same course and it will be marked with chalk, cones, etc. You will begin and end at the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym. Most of the course will follow the walking path around the lake.

Will there be awards for the winners?
Yes. Awards will be given to the top three male and female winners in each age category. Those categories are broken down into approximately 5-year ranges (see registration form for specific age groups).

Can I bring my dog?
No. For everyone’s safety, we ask that you please do not bring your dog.

Can I bring a stroller for my child?
Strollers will be allowed for those participating in the Walk ONLY. For the safety of those running, we ask that you please do not bring strollers for the 5K Road Race.

Can I bring my bicycle?
No. For everyone’s safety, we ask that you please do not bring your bicycle.

What is the registration fee being used for?
This year’s 5K Road Race & Walk is a charitable event to support Lake Junaluska. All profits from this event will go towards the annual maintenance and improvements of the recreation areas at Lake Junaluska.


For any other information, please contact the Development Office at 828-454-6680.

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Past Race Results

2019 Race Results

The Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk on Saturday, April 20, 2019 was a great success. Thank you to all who participated! 

2018 Race Results

2017 Race Results

2016 Race Results

2015 Race Results

2014 Results:

Register for the 2021 Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk!

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