Friends of the Rutherford County Guardians ad Litem receive a check from

JoAnne Ellingson, Treasurer of the Lake Lure Olympiad.


For more than a decade, the Lake Lure

Olympiad has attracted more than 1,500 athletes annually to its three-day sports

festival, bringing family, friends and teams with them. The Lake Lure Olympiad also

donated over $25,000 to 16 area charities from funds raised at the 2016 summer



Since the Olympiad began in 2005, it has been raising money to benefit the surrounding

Lake Lure community and the various organizations run by its hardworking citizens.

Being a nonprofit organization itself, the Lake Lure Olympiad knows the importance of

funding – the all-volunteer board is committed to promoting health and wellness,

economic development, and charitable giving in and around Rutherford County, N.C.

The charities are chosen annually by the board through committee voting, and many of

the organizations who receive funds are also active Olympiad volunteers. Many

beneficiaries volunteer by ensuring road safety, assisting with medical services, and

even providing home-cooked food throughout the entire race weekend.


Emergency and rescue organizations are a main category of beneficiaries chosen since

the event relies heavily on fire departments and EMS crews to ensure athlete safety.

These organizations use the donation for building maintenance, new equipment and

more to keep the Lake Lure area safe. Included in the list of emergency and rescue

beneficiaries is Bills Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Chimney Rock Volunteer Fire

and Rescue Department, Chimney Rock Fire Department Auxiliary, Fairfield Mountain

Volunteer Fire Department, Fairfield Mountain Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary,

Hickory Nut Gorge EMS, Lake Lure Fire Department and Lake Lure Police Department.

The Olympiad also gives back to charities such as the Lake Lure Education Foundation

(Raise the Roof fund); Friends of Guardian Ad Litem (using funds to educate, support,

and recruit new child advocates); Friends of Chimney Rock State Park (supporting the

staff with education seminars, enhancing the trails and visitor experience); Grace of

God Mission (feeding the needy); Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach (assisting its “Food For

Kids” program); Lake Lure Classical Academy (new sports equipment for the school);

Lake Lure Lions Club (assisting the visually impaired); and Camp Lurecrest Ministries

(helping to fund opportunities and scholarships to kids attending summer camp).


To register for one or more Lake Lure Olympiad events, including a Junior Olympiad for

kids, or to learn more, visit For more updates, follow us on

Facebook or Instagram @LakeLureOlympiad.


About the Lake Lure Olympiad

Anchored by its “Three Races in Three Days” challenge, the Lake Lure Olympiad is a

three-day sports festival located in scenic Lake Lure, North Carolina. Held along the

shores of Rumbling Bald Resort and the peaks of Chimney Rock State Park, the familyfriendly

event has attracted distinguished international athletes and raised $300,000 for

area charities since 2005. It has been placed this year in Complete Tri’s “Ten Great Destination

Triathlons” (


Contributed to The Breeze by Heather Meech