Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk

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Friends of the Lake 5K Race, Walk & Kids Fun Run

Save the Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018

Come celebrate Easter at Lake Junaluska and join us for the annual Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race, Walk & Kids Fun Run. The race is part of Lake Junaluska's Saturday Easter celebration.

The Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race, Walk & Kids Fun Run 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.

Race Details

Where: Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center - Nanci Weldon Gymnasium

Length: 5K Road Race (9:00 a.m.); 5K Walk (immediately following the runner start); half-mile Kids Fun Run for kids ages 10 and under (9:45 a.m.)

Course: The 5K Road Race & Walk will begin and end at the Nanci Weldon Open Air Gymnasium, which is located behind the Bethea Welcome Center. Click here to see a map of the course. 

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

REGISTER

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the race?
Saturday, March 31, 2018
5K Road Race (9:00 a.m.); 5K Walk (immediately following the runner start); half-mile Kids Fun Run for kids ages 10 and under (9:45 a.m.)

Do I need to pre-register?
We would prefer as many advance registrations as possible; however, you will be able to register the day of the race. By pre-registering, you will receive a lower entry fee. 

Can I register the day of the race?
Yes. Race day registration will be open from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Nanci Weldon Open Air Gym.

How much is the registration fee?
Early registration (until March 16, 2018): $25 (with guaranteed t-shirt)

Registration (March 17-31, 2018): $30

Students (18 & younger): $15 

How can I pay for the registration fee?
You can pay the registration fee by cash, check or credit card. If paying by check, make it payable to Lake Junaluska Assembly.

Is there a fee for the Kids Fun Run?
No. The Kids Fun Run is free to children ages 10 and under. The fun run will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the start line near the gym, run to the intersection of Weldon Way and Lakeshore Drive, and return to the start line.

Will I receive a t-shirt?
T-shirts will be given to those who pre-register by March 16, 2018.

Will the course be marked?
Yes. The course for the 5K & Walk will be the same course and it will be marked with chalk, cones, etc. You will begin and end at the Nanci Weldon Open Air 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 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 Run & 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.

Past Race Results

2017 Race Results

The Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk on Saturday, April 15, 2017 drew a record number of registrants, with a total of 273 runner and walkers. Thank you to all who participated!

2016 Race Results

2015 Race Results

2014 Results:

2013 Results:

2010 Results: