Runners enjoy the Friends of the Lake 5k at Lake Junaluska

Friends of the Lake 5K

Saturday, April 16, 2022 | 9 a.m.

The Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk 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.

Group of 5K runners

Race Details

Where: Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center – Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym

When: Saturday, April 16, 2022

Start Time: 9 a.m.

Race Day Registration/Sign-In: 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Inclement Weather: The race is held rain or shine.

Registration Fees:

  • EARLY REGISTRATION*: Until March 31, 2022: $25
  • EVENT REGISTRATION: April 1-16, 2022: $30
  • STUDENTS (18 & younger): $15

* T-shirt guaranteed

Results: Want to see the results online? Visit the Right on Time website for this year’s 5K.

Awards: The awards ceremony commences upon the 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

Frequently Asked Questions

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T-shirts will be given to those who pre-register.

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The 5K Road Race & Walk will begin and end at the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym, which is located behind the Bethea Welcome Center. Click here to see a map of the course (PDF).

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Yes. The course for the 5K Road Race & Walk will be the same course and it will be marked with chalk, cones, etc. You will begin and end at the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym. Most of the course will follow the walking path around the lake.

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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).

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No. For everyone’s safety, we ask that you please do not bring your dog.

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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 Road Race.

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No. For everyone’s safety, we ask that you please do not bring your bicycle.

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This year’s 5K Road Race & 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.

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Registration fees are not refundable or transferable.

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Right here!

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Thank you to the 2022 Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk sponsors

  • Haywood Regional Medical Center
  • Smoky Mountain News
  • RCF Consruction, Inc.
  • Clark & Leatherwood, Inc.
  • First United Methodist Church, Waynesville
  • Long’s Chapel
  • Maple Tree Veterinary Hospital
  • The Mountaineer
  • Pactiv Evergreen
  • Haywood Ace Hardware
  • Beverly-Hanks, McElroy & Ellege Team
  • Movement for Life, Inc.
  • Champion Credit Union
  • Forte Photography
  • Mountain Awards
  • US Foods

Questions?

For any other information, please contact the Development Office at 828-454-6680.

TAX INFORMATION

Lake Junaluska Assembly, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Gifts are tax-deductible. Our federal tax ID number is 56-0547461.