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Save $5 when you register by April 5 for Lake Junaluska’s annual Friends of the Lake 5K


The Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race, Walk and Fun Run will take place at Lake Junaluska on Saturday, April 20.

The event, which is in its 12th year, is a way for the community to support 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. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The race starts at 9 a.m. with the 5K at 9:05 a.m.  A kids’ fun run with the Easter bunny will take place at 9:45 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, $18 for students and the Kids Fun Run for ages 10 and under is free. Those who register by Friday, April 5, receive a ”Love the Lake” T-shirt and a discounted registration rate of $25.

The Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race, Walk and Fun Run is part of Easter weekend festivities at Lake Junaluska, which includes children’s Easter egg hunts, a sunrise service overlooking the lake and a buffet lunch.

To learn more about Easter at Lake Junaluska, visit  To register for the Friends of the Lake 5K, visit



Mary Bates
Lake Junaluska
PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745