Registration is open for the 19th annual Thrivent Financial Race for The ARK set for Saturday, Aug. 25 in historic downtown Summerville. Race proceeds benefit The ARK in its work providing comprehensive support services to families living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia.
The race includes a 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run – both races begin and end at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 206 Central Ave. The 5K begins at 7:45 a.m. and the 1-mile fun run kicks off at 8:45 a.m.
“Each year this event grows bigger and bigger and we are so grateful to the community from the Lowcountry and beyond who join us to help the individuals and families dealing with Alzheimer’s and other related dementia,” said Peg Lahmeyer, executive director of The ARK. “This event funds our programs in five area counties, including memory screenings, resource fairs, educational workshops, support groups and respite centers.”
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.
Register before May 31 and save $5 with promo code ARKRUN18. Registration for the 5K run/walk is $35 with a T-shirt and $25 without a T-shirt. Register for the 1-mile fun run for $10 or $30 for a family of four (T-shirts are not included with the fun run registration).
Registration and packet pickup will be noon to 6 p.m. on Aug. 24 and from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on race day in St. Luke’s Fellowship Hall. Day-of registration for the 5K is $40. Day-of registration for the 1-mile fun run is $15 or $35 for a family of four.
Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female winners as well as in several age groups. Plus, $100 will awarded to the first male and female to break the course records (15:40 male and 17:51 female).
Youth Running Teams from local schools are invited to compete in the Youth Team Challenge. Registration for Youth Teams can be done through the high school coaches and online. Students who participate enjoy a great training run and fun competition to start their running season. Registration is $35 with a T-shirt and $25 without a T-shirt. The deadline for team registration(s) is Aug. 13. Students under 18 must have the parent/guardian waiver signed.
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. The cost is $350 and the deadline to register is July 23.
Learn more and register for the Race for The ARK at www.TheARKofSC.org. For more information on Corporate Team Challenge, Youth Team Challenge or sponsorship opportunities, contact Michel’le Cressman at [email protected].
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 843-471-1360 or visit thearkofsc.org.