Registration Open for 19th Annual Race for The ARK in Summerville, South Carolina

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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. – 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 For more information on Corporate Team Challenge, Youth Team Challenge or sponsorship opportunities, contact Michel’le Cressman at


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

Photo Credit:? Tiffany Hicks Photography

12 Things You Won’t Find in Charleston, South Carolina

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By Mark A. Leon

There are many wonderful exciting things in Charleston, South Carolina, but like any place, it has its limitations.? Sometimes, they are based on lack of demand, culture, need or the population just doesn’t yearn for it.? Looking at our region and other regions around the nation, we found some things that Charleston, SC just doesn’t have.? Here are a list of 11 things Charleston just doesn’t have.

Things You Won’t Find in Charleston, South Carolina

  • Carnival Rides or a Game Room at the local area beaches – If you are used to the Ferris Wheel or Zipper on the beach with a little Skee-ball thrown in, this is not the area for you.? We just don”t offer those amenities.
  • Waterfalls – South Carolina has some beautiful waterfalls, but you will have to travel three to four hours to see them.
  • Mountains – If it is the Appalachian or Blue Ridge Mountains you crave, hop in a car or the bus and wait four hours to strap on that gear.
  • Zoo – The closest you will come to petting a giraffe is the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, SC (90 minute drive).? Back in the day, Hampton Park had a small petting zoo.? Nothing crazy, but it has been nearly 40 years since that has closed its doors.? We must acknowledge that there is a small intimate zoo as part of your admission to Charlestowne Landing with a bear, buffalo, timberwolves and a porcupine.
  • Racetrack (Car or horse) – Do you love the ponies?? You will only catch those races on television, not in Charleston.? If you want a great Nascar race, head to Charlotte or Darlington Motor Speedways for some action.
  • Land Based Casinos –? Your luck has run out here.
  • Theme/Amusement ParkCarowinds, just south of Charlotte is your closest option for an all day theme park fun fest day.? Leave early as it will take you almost 3 hours to arrive.
  • Drive-In Movie Theater – The Highway 21 Drive-In in Beaufort, SC is a great evening trip.? Just 1 hour and 15 minute drive and $7.50 a person will get you two great new movies.? Yet, you won’t find that locally here in Charleston.? We do try with movies on the beach and in the park during the Spring and Summer months.
  • 24-Hour Diner (Aside from Waffle House or Huddle House).? If you love these two chains, you are fine, but if you desire a good local family owned diner where you can sip coffee, eat pancakes and ponder life all night, you are not going to succeed in your journey here.
  • Great coffee house opened past 10:00 PM – I do my best thinking over coffee at 1 AM, but my creative juices do have limitations in Charleston.
  • Casino – Sorry folks, but gambling is not legal here in the great state of South Carolina
  • Ampitheater – Outdoor concerts or theater – Nothing beats a great amphitheater with incredible acoustics and just a good vibe.? We have some nice outdoor parks, but not a feel good venue.
  • Professional Sports Franchise (NHL, MLB, NFL, WNBA, NBA) – Yes, we have professional, but at a lower level.

*We do have one of the following:? Flea Market, Tea Plantation, Winery, Mini Golf (2 – but rather small), Zip line

There you have it.? Did we miss anything?? Please leave a comment below.