Traditional kick-off to fall road racing season: Race for The ARK – Aug. 24

Thrivent Financial Race for The ARK runs August 24
Thrivent donates $10,000

Since 1999, some 500 runners and walkers each year, from the Lowcountry and beyond, have come to Summerville to start their fall racing season and support The ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services.

The 2013 Thrivent Financial Race for The ARK is scheduled for 7:45am on August 24, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 206 Central Avenue in Summerville.

The 5K run and walk winds through historic downtown Summerville. The first male and female runner to break the course record will receive $100 cash prize. The race also features a Corporate Challenge. Companies can field a team of five runners for $350; the team with the overall best time takes home the traveling trophy for the year.

The Lowcountry Youth Challenge is an early season competition for local high school cross country teams and other sports teams who want to compete. The cost is $25 per runner, or $125 per team.

Youth runners receive medals and can compete for age group prizes.

Organizers of The Race for the ARK also are excited about a new sponsor, made possible through a connection with caregiver Sherry Sheppard.

 Thrivent Financial is supporting the 14th Annual Race for The ARK with a $10,000 sponsorship.

Sheppard works as a Thrivent associate in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Her mother, who has early onset Alzheimer’s disease, attends The ARK three days each week. Sheppard wants more people who are dealing with this disease to take advantage of the excellent resources The ARK has to offer.

“The ARK has changed our lives,” Sheppard explains. “I had to quit work to take care of my 63 year old mother, and was nearly at the end of my rope, not to mention my savings.”

Now, she is able to work full-time, and her mother is happy and engaged. Sheppard says she will do anything to help The ARK. The ARK provides a range of services to help families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.

In addition to the title sponsorship, Thrivent Financial chapters in Berkeley, Charleston and Colleton/Dorchester counties are supporting the event. Other sponsors include periodontist Dr. Kelly Ford, Steinberg Law Firm, Trident Health Systems, and Lutheran Homes. Sponsorships are still available from $50 to $1000.

The course is USATF certified. Registration is $25 with t-shirt or $20 without through August
206 Central Avenue Summerville, SC 29483
Phone: 843-832-2357
FAX: 888-371-1892

Registration and packet pickup is on Friday, August 23th 12:00–6:00 p.m. or day of race. To register, call 843-832-2357, or visit or
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 on The ARK’s services, call 832-2357 or visit

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