Sign up to race and support families living with Alzheimer’s

The ARK, an organization that supports family’s living with Alzheimer’s, announced early bird registration for their new event. The 21st Annual McElveen Race For The ARK kicks off on August 22nd. But from now to August 20th, you can sign up to be a part of it. The race takes place in historic downtown Summerville this year.

Benefits from the race go to The ARK and helps families living with Alzhiemer’s or related dementia. It funds programs such as memory screenings, resource fairs, educational workshops, and support groups across the Lowcountry. In South Carolina, 95,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s and that number is estimated to rise to 120,000 by the year 2025. The state has the sixth highest Alzheimer’s death rate in America and has seen a 122 percent increase in deaths since 2000.

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. 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). Not to mention they give awards  to the top three overall female and male winners as well as in several age groups. Also, $100 go to the first female and male to break the course records.

The ARK also invites Youth Running Teams from local schools to compete in the Youth Team Challenge. Registration available through high school coaches and online. Students who participate enjoy a great training run and fun competition to start the running season. Registration is $35 with a T-shirt and $25 without. The deadline for team registration is Aug. 12. Students under 18 must have the parent or guardian waiver signed.

Businesses can create teams of five or more runners as part of the Corporate Challenge. The winning team (combined best times) receives a hand-crafted traveling trophy to display for one year. The cost is $350 and the deadline to register is July 20.

Register here today!