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Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2021 Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race and Walk


LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – The Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race and Walk will take place at Lake Junaluska on Saturday, Sept. 4 and those who register by Thursday, Aug. 19, enjoy discounted registration and receive a “Love the Lake” T-shirt.

Now in its 14th year, the event supports the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail, one of the most popular privately owned recreation areas in Western North Carolina. All profits from the 5K go toward improvements and annual maintenance of the trail and other recreation areas around the lake, which cost over $250,000 annually. 

The Friends of the Lake 5K invites participants of all ages and abilities to participate. Race Day registration and sign-in begins at 6:30 a.m. The race starts at 8 a.m. with the 5K Walk at 8:05 a.m. 

The 5K route begins at the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym and follows a scenic loop around Lake Junaluska, providing runners fantastic views during the race.

Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for students 18 and younger. Those who register by Thursday, Aug. 19 receive a “Love the Lake” T-shirt and a discounted registration rate of $25. 

To register for the Friends of the Lake 5K, visit

The mission of Lake Junaluska is to be a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. For more information, visit 

Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race and Walk
6:30-7:30 a.m. - On-site registration
8 a.m. - Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race
8:05 a.m. - 5K Walk


Lake Junaluska Communications
Lake Junaluska