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Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk March 26


Lace up your running shoes and prepare for Lake Junaluska’s Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk on Saturday, March 26 at 9 a.m. The course begins at the Nanci Weldon Gym and will take participants on a route that showcases the beauty of Lake Junaluska’s grounds.

Register by March 11 to receive a free t-shirt and discounted registration online at, at the Bethea Welcome Center, or by calling 828-454-6680.

All proceeds go toward the annual maintenance and improvement of the walking trail and other recreation opportunities at Lake Junaluska. The annual cost of maintaining the grounds and recreation facilities is more than $250,000. For more information about the Friends of the Lake visit

Sponsors of The Friends of the Lake include The Smoky Mountain News, Clark & Leatherwood, Inc., The Mountaineer, Sheppard Insurance Group, Wells Fargo, Champion Supply, RCF Construction Company, Haywood Builders Supply, and Haywood Ace Hardware.

The Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk kicks off Lake Junaluska’s Easter weekend activities. Following the race, Easter egg hunts for children ages 1-12 will begin at 11:30 a.m. near Stuart Auditorium. Lake Junaluska’s Easter sunrise service will be held Sunday, March 27 at 7 a.m. at the Amphitheater near the Cross, followed by breakfast at the Lambuth Inn. Weekend activities will conclude with Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church’s annual Easter service at 10:30 a.m. in Stuart Auditorium, followed by Lake Junaluska’s Easter buffet in The Terrace. For a full schedule of Easter activities, visit


Stephanie Drum
Lake Junaluska