REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 18TH ANNUAL RACE FOR THE ARK
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. – Registration is open for the 18th annual Thrivent
Financial Race for The ARK on Aug. 26 in downtown Summerville. This 5K
run/walk and 1-mile fun run raises funds for The ARK to provide
comprehensive support services to families living with Alzheimer’s or
The 5K run/walk begins at 7:45 a.m. and the 1-mile fun run starts at
8:45 a.m. near St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 206 Central Ave. in
Summerville. The USATF-certified course winds through historic downtown
Summerville, ending back at the church. Register online or visit
thearkofsc.org for more information.
Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female winners as
well as in several age groups. School running groups are encouraged to
enter the Youth Challenge for $35 with T-shirt for the 5K run/walk and
$25 without T-shirt; last year’s winner was Summerville High School.
Businesses can create teams of five or more as part of the Corporate
Challenge. The winning team (combined best times) receives a
hand-crafted traveling trophy to display at its business or organization
for one year. Last year’s winner was Summerville Medical Center. Cost
Through Aug. 24, registration is $35 with T-shirt for the 5K run/walk
and $25 without T-shirt and $10 for the 1-mile fun run or $30 for a
family of four (without T-shirts). Registration and packet pickup will
be noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25 and from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on race
day in St. Luke’s Fellowship Hall.
Each year, more than 500 runners and walkers from the Lowcountry and
well beyond gather to race to support The ARK and its work in the
Lowcountry. In South Carolina, 86,000 people are living with
Alzheimer’s and that number is estimated to rise to 120,000 by the
year 2025. The state has the eighth highest Alzheimer’s death rate in
America and has seen a 122 percent increase in deaths since 2000.
Proceeds from Race for The ARK fund initiatives like The ARK’s NOAH
(Neighborhood Outreach Alzheimer’s Help) program working with
under-served communities in five area counties along with programs such
as memory screenings, resource fairs, educational workshops, support
groups and respite centers. The ARK also offers Powerful Tools for
Caregivers, a free six-week caregiver workshop that teaches family
caregivers of any chronic illness how to take care of themselves as they
care for a loved one.
For information about sponsorships, corporate teams or the youth
challenge, contact Megan Severn at 843-832-2357.
ABOUT THE ARK, ALZHEIMER’S FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES
The ARK is a local nonsectarian nonprofit outreach program providing
comprehensive support services to families dealing with Alzheimer’s or
related dementia. For more information, call 843-832-2357  or visit
Photo Credit: Tiffany Hicks