Olympiad volunteers Woody (L) and Linda Turner, Kay Dittmer, Valerie Griswold and Gay Hegwood.

Olympiad volunteers Woody (L) and Linda Turner, Kay Dittmer, Valerie Griswold and Gay Hegwood.

For ten years, the Lake Lure Olympiad has attracted athletes from around the country to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock for its annual sports festival. In addition to the gorgeous scenery and challenging events, athletes every year credit the event’s success with its huge team of welcoming volunteers.

 

In addition to an all-volunteer board of governors, the nonprofit event requires more than 200 volunteers to execute the nine events over the three-day weekend.

 

“It’s about heart,” says repeat volunteer Kat Canant. “I live in and love Lake Lure. It swells the heart to see others fall in love with that same sense of community that you know and love so well. It’s almost a selfish thing because the satisfaction is in you as well.”

 

Without even being prodded for feedback on the volunteers, athletes always include high praise for the volunteers on post-event surveys.

 

 

The numbers don’t lie either. When athletes were asked to name their favorite part of the Olympiad in a post-festival survey, friendly volunteers ranked fourth after scenery and location (#1); challenging course (#2), and athletic events (#3).

 

This year’s Olympiad is August 14-16. Sign up for one of the Lake Lure Olympiad events and experience a special weekend of competition, vacation and fun. Learn more at www.lakelureolympiad.com.