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Save $5 When You Register by March 26 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 11.

The event, which is in its 13th year, is a way for the community to support the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail, one of the most beloved recreation areas in Western North Carolina. All profits from the 5K go toward maintaining and improving the walking trail as well as other recreation areas around the lake. The Friends of the Lake program helps provide financial support to maintain the walking trail and other recreation opportunities, which costs more than $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 road race starts at 9 a.m. with the walk at 9:05 a.m. A kids' fun run with the Easter bunny will take place at approximately 9:45 a.m.

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

Registration is $30 for adults, $15 for students and the Kids Fun Run for ages 10 and under is free. Those who register by Thursday, March 26, 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 breakfast and lunch.

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

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

Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race, Walk and Kids Fun Run
7:30-8:30 a.m. - On-site registration
9 a.m. - Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race*
9:05 a.m. - 5K Walk*
9:45 a.m. (approximately) - Kids Fun Run
*Registration required. Visit or stop into the Bethea Welcome Center. Day of registration is also available.


Lake Junaluska Communications
Lake Junaluska