Friends of the Lake 5K draws record number

Apr 18, 2017
Courtesy of: Lake Junaluska Ruth Sterry runs across the Turbeville Footbridge during the Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race and Walk at Lake Junaluska on Easter weekend.

LAKE JUNALUSKA — The Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race and Walk last Saturday drew a record number of registrants, with a total of 273 runner and walkers.

Andrew Hammel, from Clyde, came in first place with a time of 16:21. Isaiah King, from Harrisonburg, Virginia, received second place, and Andrew Thrasher, of Waynesville, came in third.

Links to overall and category results can be found at

Runners and walkers of all skill levels joined the road race and walk, which took place along the walking trail at Lake Junaluska. The Easter bunny cheered from the sidelines.

The event raised more than $19,700. Proceeds go to the annual maintenance and improvement of the walking trail and other recreation opportunities at Lake Junaluska.

The Lake Junaluska Walking Trail is a scenic path that winds around Lake Junaluska. It is one of the most popular privately owned recreation areas in Western North Carolina. The annual cost of maintaining the walking trail and other recreation facilities at Lake Junaluska is more than $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.

For more information or to donate, contact the Development Office at 454-6680 or email