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 www.lakelureolympiad.com. 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
Contributed to The Breeze by Heather Meech