What You Need to Know About Lake Lure Olympiad

Calling all swimmers, golfers, runners, and sports enthusiasts! It is almost time for Lake Lure Olympiad! Whether you are searching for a family-friendly outing, a playful date, or the perfect way to end your summer, you will find it all here! Read on to discover everything you need to know about this one-of-a-kind sporting event.

Lake Lure Olympiad is just one spectacular event that you’ll find in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. If you are looking for more reasons to celebrate during your next Hickory Nut Gorge getaway, simply download our free Chimney Rock Vacation Guide. Our guide is full of recommendations on the best festivals, activities, and entertainment in the area!



Over 1,500 athletes flock to Western North Carolina each year for the Lake Lure Olympiad Sports Event. It is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. Since its inception over 13 years ago, this local event has donated over $315,000 to charities and service organizations in the area.


The sporting events at Lake Lure Olympiad are extensive, so no matter your age or endurance level, there is something here for everyone! Events for biking, swimming, running, walking, pickleball, and golf are all offered. Among the most popular events are the Lake Lure Triathlon, the Lake Lure Dam Run, and the Lake Lure Half Marathon. The Junior Olympiad is another popular event for families. This special event is designed for children ages 4 through 14. Check the 2018 festival schedule to register!


  • The 2018 Lake Lure Olympiad is scheduled for August 10 through the 12.
  • Volunteers are always needed! If you or somebody you know is interested in volunteering for the 2018 event, simply send an email message to [email protected].
  • If you plan to participate in any of the events at Lake Lure Olympiad, chances are that you may be sore the next day. Save on lodging and spa services by taking advantage of our Relax and Rejuvenate Package!


After a day of running, cycling, swimming, or golfing at Lake Lure Olympiad, head back to The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant and indulge at our onsite spa. A deep tissue massage is the perfect way to help prevent injuries and have your body function at peak performance! 

When you stay in one of our luxurious cabins, like The Esmeralda Cabin, you can always expect the best amenitiesluxurious packages, and top-notch service. Start each morning with a complimentary breakfast at The Esmeralda Restaurant and end the night rocking away on our patio as the sun sets over the Hickory Nut Gorge. If you are ready to plan your late summer vacation, check our availability and book your stay! We can’t wait to host you at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant!

Looking for more great ways to enjoy the outdoors when you visit Western North Carolina? Remember to download your free vacation guide to find more activities like Lake Lure Olympiad!