Registration Open for The ARK’s Inaugural Ugly Sweater 5K Dash in Summerville

Registration is now open for The ARK’s inaugural Ugly Sweater 5K Dash in historic downtown Summerville. The 5K run and 1-mile stroll is Saturday, Dec. 1 with all race proceeds benefiting The ARK in its work providing comprehensive support services to families living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Runners and walkers should wear their ugliest holiday sweater for a chance to win a local gift basket.

The race includes a 5K run/walk and St. Nick’s 1-mile stroll – both races begin and end at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 206 Central Ave. The 5K begins at 8:45 a.m. and the 1-mile stroll kicks off at 9:45 a.m.

Come kick-off the holiday season with The ARK. This race will include carolers, fun surprises and holiday cheer.

“This is such a festive way to celebrate the holiday season while raising money for the work we’re doing at The ARK,” said Peg Lahmeyer, executive director of The ARK. “We want everyone to join us for this inaugural event, have a great time and know they are supporting those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers who have a 24/7 job.”

Funds raised from this event help support The ARK’s work in five area counties, including their social respite programs, memory screenings, resource fairs, educational workshops and support groups. In South Carolina, 89,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s and that number is estimated to rise to 125,000 by the year 2025. More South Carolinians die from Alzheimer’s disease than in any other state. The average mortality rate for the nation is 34.4 per 100,000 population, in South Carolina it is 50.1. There are over 309,000 dementia caregivers in S.C. (2018 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures report)

Register for the Ugly Sweater 5K Dash by Nov. 29 at 5:59 p.m. for the 5K run/walk and pay $35 and $10 for the the 1-mile stroll or $30 for a family of four.

Registration and packet pickup will be noon to 6 p.m. on Nov. 30 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 stroll is $15 or $35 for a family of four.

Learn more and register for the Race for The ARK at For more information regarding sponsorship levels, contact Michel'le Cathey at

The ARK is a local nonsectarian nonprofit outreach program providing comprehensive support services to families coping with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. For more information, call 843-471-1360 or visit

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