Race for The ARK

The 21st Annual McElveen Race For The ARK cares deeply about your health and safety and that of our entire community. For this reason, we will be modifying the format of the Race For The ARK to allow for the event to carry on virtually. We had hoped we would be able to host our 21st annual event, but due to the unknown future, we feel our best and safest option is to have a virtual race.

Although several events and activities are being paused, Alzheimer’s unfortunately is not. Now, more than ever, we need to raise awareness for The ARK. Grab your co-workers, friends and family and let’s raise funds for families living with Alzheimer’s and related dementia, run/walk a 5K and have fun while maintaining social distance guidelines.

We want to give everyone the opportunity to participate and what better way than to run with us wherever you are! For this virtual run, you get to choose the race course and your start time! Run around your neighborhood, favorite park or anywhere else of your choice. All you have to do is complete your run or walk between the designated window below then, upload your time to be recognized for this accomplishment with all of our runners!

Virtual Start Date: 12:01AM Saturday, August 22, 2020

Virtual End Date: 11:59PM Saturday, August 29, 2020 *results and awards distribute on Sept 14

Location: Anywhere you choose!

Drive thru and pick up your race packet complete or we can mail out your race packet! Packet mailing option is available for a $7 fee. Shipments will begin the week of August 17, 2020.

General Race Information 

    • Course Records: 15:40 Male (2001) 17:51 Female (2007) $100 to the first male and female to break the course record
    • Top Three Overall M/F, First Master (over 40, 50, 60, 70) M/F ribbons for all in the 1-mile age groups {top 3 M/F): 10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54. 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over
    • RACE PACKETS can be picked up either the day prior to the race from 12 PM – 6 PM, or on Race Day from 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM. Pickup location is 206 Central Avenue in Summerville, at the St. Luke’s Fellowship Hall.


  • Starts soon after the race.
  • RESULTS: (chip timing)
  • SAFETY: No pets permitted on the course. Headphones and wheeled strollers are discouraged.
  • START: The race starts and ends at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on 206 Central Ave. in Summerville; see map below for details. There are three water stations. The course is USATF certified (SC12043DW).

This is a RAIN or SHINE event. No Refunds.

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2019 Race For The ARK

We cannot thank you, our faithful supporters, enough for making our 20th Annual Thrivent Financial Race For The ARK a record breaking year. For the first time ever, we were a sold out event with nearly 700 runners and walkers participating (including those who still wanted to registered without having a chipped bib).

“It is amazing to see how supportive the Summerville, Charleston & running communities are. We cannot thank our sponsors, volunteers and runners enough for their continued support. This event gets better each year because of all of you”, said Megan Severn, Development Director of The ARK.

This year, The ARK raised over $38,000 to benefit families living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia throughout the Lowcountry. With these funds we are able to continue providing respite care, support groups and education classes. We look forward to making next year’s 21st Annual Race For The ARK even better! “Race for The ARK broke all records from past years for its 20th Anniversary.  Watching almost 700 runners and walkers crossing the start line was incredible. We appreciate all of them plus all our sponsors, donors, and especially all our volunteers who make the event wonderfully fun and successful”, Peg Lahmeyer, Executive Director

A special thank you to Tiffany Hicks Photography for being our race photographer, stay tuned for our pictures!

2019 Race For The ARK Results 

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Thank you to all of our 2019 SponsorsThrivent Financial