Several area nonprofit organizations will have important creative work done for them free of charge during a 24-hour blitz early next year if they apply and are accepted to the first CreateAthon event in Columbus County.
The event will bring in talented graphic artists, as well as video and radio experts from around the region to produce printed materials, advertisements, public service announcements, short
Start your holiday season and winter right with a brisk run through downtown Whiteville. The oldest footrace in Columbus County, the Pecan Fest Run will start at the Chamber of Commerce at 8 a.m. Saturday. Run or walk the 5K, 8K or one-mile routes, and after you finish, you'll be right in the middle of the exciting Pecan Festival!
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Catch this video from action caught with a GoPro during the three days of our event this year. Click the full-screen icon in the lower-right corner for the full effect!
Members of the Columbus County Photo Club have been hard at work all weekend, shooting, cropping and uploading thousands of photographs of you, and they have enough ready to help you celebrate your achievement!
They all volunteered in this fundraiser for Take the Lake and the club, which is one of the strongest and most fun photo clubs in the region. They meet monthly, go on field trips and have cool little contests to help keep you shooting. So, enjoy their work, buy a few pics for good causes and maybe even join the club!
Most of the day was gorgeous, with a heavy afternoon shower cooling things off for the last 50 or so walkers. Times have been entered here, with names for all the people who preregistered.
See you tomorrow for the Paddle Challenge starting at 8 a.m. and the Bike & Hike (no hike this year) starting at 2 p.m., or Monday for the Swim starting at 8 a.m.!
The talented photographers of the Columbus County Photo Club will be out in force this weekend, shooting thousands of photographs of our walkers, runners, paddlers, cyclists and swimmers.
You should be able to see your photos shortly after (we hope the same day of) each Personal Endurance Challenge, at the Take the Lake page on the club's website.
Weather in the form of heavy rains all summer gave the 14 Take the Lake X-TREME! competitors a break Saturday as organizers closed the state park for the race, shortening parts of the routes. But the weather came back and dealt a blow all day.
The swimmers entered the water in the twilight of 6:40 a.m., forced by southerly winds to change from their preferred start at the dam.
A steady chop along the four-mile route took down one competitor, but the leader, Mike DeCinti
Get Hungry, Get Ready, Go! Don't miss out on Take the Plate Friday night at Lake Waccamaw United Methodist Church. It's a great opportunity to load up on those carbs to power you through the weekend. EVERYONE is invited, so you don't have to Take the Lake to Take the Plate!
Body Shapers gym in Whiteville has filled two team posters and is starting on a third, with more than 60 "members" on their team ready to participate this weekend.
Jozi Patterson, 14, passes the public beach on Lake Waccamaw during the fourth leg of our X-TREME! Saturday. Jozi became the youngest person ever to complete the 48-mile challenge of swimming across Lake Waccamaw and then circling it by kayak, bicycle and on foot.
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Registration has been shut down as organizers prepare for the largest fitness event in the county this weekend. More than 1,000 participants are expected for the free events on and around Lake Waccamaw Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Preregistered participants may pick up their numbered bibs this week at Body Shapers in Whiteville, where event t-shirts and hats are also available. Last-minute updates are available at the event’s website, Takethelake.org.
Take the Lake is a set of four “Personal Endurance Challenges” that motivate participants to train and prepare for physical achievements. Celebration of the 2014 theme of “agriculture” is expected, with
County Extension Service Director Dalton Dockery, left, and Field Crops Agent Michael Shaw prepare hundreds of seed packets and information sheets to give to Take the Lake participants this weekend. The vegetable seeds are available thanks to a donation by Dewey Hill of Hill's Grocery Stores.
Snickers erupted from fellow event organizers when Eric Brandt unfolded a luxurious reclining chair on the lawn of the Boys & Girls Homes during Take the Lake X-TREME! Saturday, but envy followed as they realized its unique work-avoidance potential. Eric spent only part of the 18-hour-day in the chair as he helped a dozen solo competitors and two teams achieve their X-TREME! goals.
Event organizers Walter and Jan Palmer and Mark Gilchrist completed the four events of Take the Lake X-TREME! Saturday, ensuring they receive the coveted John A. McNeill and Lee J. Greer awards, as well as the uber-coveted X-TREME! award.
But better, this also means they will be free to manage the X-TREME! next Saturday, August 23 at Dale's Restaurant, Lake Waccamaw.
Taking their sweet time, the trio enjoyed perfect weather - with a brief storm at lunchtime - cycling 21 miles, swimming 4 miles, paddling 14 miles and walking 14 miles to finish long after dark.
Online preregistration for the Labor Day weekend Take the Lake will end this Friday, Aug. 22. If you miss that, you have to wait in line on site, and you won't be able to leave early for the Walk / Run.
Just click here to REGISTER.
We have had 355 people register. Here's the breakdown:
Here are some more numbers for you: During the Walk / Run, you may burn about 1,300 calories, 1,200 during the Paddle Challenge, 1,500 in the Swim and about 600 calories in the Bike & Hike.
Thanks to the Whiteville Fire Department for hanging our banner on the Powell and Powell Attorneys building in Whiteville. New firefighter Heath Porter, right got some training on the ladder truck from firefighter Chris Evans, left.
This article appeared in the Aug. 7 edition of The News Reporter
For the third year in a row, organizers of the largest fitness event in the county will modify two of their four participation routes over Labor Day weekend due to recent heavy rains.
The two land-based events usually circumnavigate Lake Waccamaw, taking a route that includes three miles of nature trails in Lake Waccamaw State Park and crossing of a concrete dam at the Waccamaw River.
Park Superintendent Toby Hall advised the event committee earlier this week that water will likely be flowing over the dam, closing the
Whether you enjoy the Paddle Challenge really depends on the quality (and length) of your kayak, so some people like to rent a nice one.
The folks at Waccamaw Canoe and Kayak have plenty of nice kayaks, and they make a trip up here each Labor Day weekend to rent to our participants. Contact them for more information.
It's getting hard to travel the county these days without seeing the Take the Lake logo somewhere, thanks to a diligent crew who have been hanging posters and banners everywhere. That's how it should be, to get us all in the mood for fitness!
The field for the 2014 Take the Lake X-TREME! is heating up, with a dozen solo competitors and three teams for one of the largest competitions in our (brief) history.
For those of you who don't know, the X-TREME! is an insane day of torture for people with serious goal-reaching issues. We complete all four TTL Personal Endurance Challenges in one day in what competitors call; "48 miles of 'I can do this.'" Visit our X-TREME! page.
We start out at 6:30 a.m., swimming across the lake, and then cycle, kayak and walk or run around it. There are many more rigorous endurance events, but none quite like our X-TREME!
Thanks again to the McNeill family, we have hundreds of beautiful John A. McNeill Awards to present to everyone who completes the Walk / Run, the Paddle or the Bike & Hike Personal Endurance Challenges. We also have the award for our X-TREME!ists and we have CREW tokens you can buy ($2) for people who helped you reach your goal.
Also, don't forget the Collier's Jewelers Lee J. Greer gold medallion for completing the Swim Personal Endurance Challenge!
Take the Lake would not be possible without our generous sponsors. Thank you for supporting fitness and good health in our community!
Columbus Regional Healthcare
The McNeill Family
Baldwin Woods Gynecology ATMC
Council Tool Company
Southeastern Comm. College
Baldwin Woods Pharmacy
Dales Seafood Restaurant
Sam’s Pit Stop
Columbus County Health
Powell and Powell Law
Columbus County Photo Club
Southern Veterinary Hospital
Special Service Sponsors
The News Reporter
Body Shapers Fitness Center
Take a few minutes and reel through the years of Take the Lake, as we review the many themes and posters that have helped make fitness more fun in Columbus County! Click here
After spending several years at the very bottom of the County Health Ranking -- as the least healthy county in all of North Carolina -- we have improved our lifestyles enough to move up to 96, and we are proud to be so healthy!
Look at this!
The Weigh We Were - Photos and stories of people who have lost 100 lbs or more -- incredible and inspiring!
DID YOU KNOW...
that the second-most-popular Boy Scout merit badge in the U.S. is for Swimming? And the ninth-most-popular is Personal Fitness? Yes!
Six girls complete
all four PECs.
Are you ready boots?
movies -- please!
Bike & Hike: 436
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