Thursday, August 8, 2013
Dan Clapper has never missed a Race for The ARK. “Everyone has been touched by Alzheimer’s, either in their own family or through a friend, so the cause is important,” Clapper explains. It is also the first race of the fall season, a “good tune up to see where you are. It helps you get in shape.”
According to Clapper, the Race for The ARK is a great place to run, a fast course. “I always see old running buddies I haven’t seen in a while.”
This year marks the 14th running of the Race for The ARK, a 5K Run and Walk fundraiser that supports The ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services. The race will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, with the race starting at 7:45 a.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Summerville. The race consistently draws close to 500 runners and walkers from throughout the Lowcountry, and beyond, every August. The event includes a one-mile Fun Run, as well as a Corporate Challenge for businesses and the Lowcountry Youth Challenge for school teams.
“I look forward to hearing Daisy (Dash) sing ‘God Bless America’, too,” says Clapper, a North Charleston resident. Dash is an ARK volunteer in St. George. “She is an inspiration.” Dash, who is 80 years old, also walks the course every year.
The Race for The ARK is so important to Clapper that one year he ran the race, then got on a plane to West Virginia to run a marathon the next day. “I couldn’t miss it,” he states. Clapper, who turned 60 this year, runs about 40 races a year. He ran last year’s race at 21:51.
Runners and walker may register online for Race for The ARK at www.TheARKofSC.org, or by calling The ARK, 843-832-2357, or email, info@TheARKofSC.org. Registration is $25 with T-shirt through Aug. 23. Registration will be open on race day at 6:30 a.m. The race begins and ends at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 206 Central Avenue in Summerville.