Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park
Friday, March 01, 2024

Race Details 2016

                    What:  10K/5K Run/Walk 

This is an inaugural event by the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a 501c3 nonprofit.  The funds will go to the park to support programs and activities and its mission of environmental stewardship and education.  The race is sanctioned by U.S.A. Track and Field and Run Roanoke will have chip timing from start to finish.  The race coincides with the return of the osprey to their nest in April.

                    Where:  Smith Mountain Lake State Park

         Date: April 9, 2015

        Start Time: 9:00 AM


The course is all on paved roadway, out and back, and takes place entirely within the park. This is a wooded route with numerous views of Smith Mountain Lake. The course is moderate. There are a couple of sharp small hills and a couple of slow easy-up hills about 1/2 mile long. The turn around at the Discovery Center is arguably the best place on land to see the lake. You can see both upstream and downstream for miles. A water station will be along the course with numerous marshals to guide the runners.

     Start/Finish: Booth at Beach entrance adjacent to Beach parking lot

        •  Recovery drinks, fresh fruit, etc. available at the finish

    •  Awards given out to male and female runners based on age in 5 year increments

    •  Television monitor to view the osprey on the nest

    •  Table set up to provide information about the Virginia State Parks.

    •  Booth with Physical Theripist providing information.

    •  Booth with RunAbout Sports personnel showing the latest in running gear.

         Entry Fee: Early Registration (post by 3/1) $25   /   After 3/1 - $30   /   Race Day  

     Awards:  Awards for Age Divisions and Top 3 Male / Female Runners


     • Read more about the story behind the inaugural Osprey Run in this Laker Weekly article.
     • We are pleased to welcome the "Color Guard" to the Osprey Run. 
     • The Ospreys have returned to their nest in time for the race! Click here to read more!

  Map of Course