Race for The ARK

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Registration is open for the 22nd Annual McElveen Race for The ARK. The race is set for Saturday, August 28 in Downtown Summerville. The ARK provides comprehensive support services to families living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. 

This race includes a 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run – both races begin and end at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 206 Central Avenue in Summerville. The USATF-certified course winds through historic downtown Summerville. The 5K begins at 7:45 a.m. and the 1-mile fun run kicks off at 8:45 a.m. 

Early Bird Registration Promo Code: ARKRUN21 (Expires June 7)
Through Aug. 26, registration is $35 with T-shirt for the 5K run/walk and $25 for 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. 27 at The ARK House and from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on race day. During packet pickup and on race day, registration for the 5K is $40. For the 1-mile fun run, it’s $15 or $35 for a family of four (without T-shirts). 

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. Cost is $350. 

For more information on Corporate Team Challenge, Youth Team Challenge, and Sponsorship Opportunites contact Megan Severn at

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We cannot thank you, our faithful supporters, enough for your continued support of our event virtually this year. The ARK raised over $18,700 to support the many programs as we provide essential services for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia throughout the Lowcountry.


General Race For The ARK 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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