Register for events online:
- Avoid the line – register online! at https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/LakeWaccamaw/TaketheLake-- Choose from four free events and two that require registration fees. Find out more about events at takethelake.org.
-- Register and train for your run, walk, bike ride, paddle or swim.
-- Your fee for the 5K and 1 Mile Swim covers professional event timing, safety and logistics, plus a T-shirt, and a portion of your fee will support trail improvement in Lake Waccamaw State Park.
Check with your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.
Walk, run, ride, swim or paddle regularly, increasing your distance.
Drink water before you get thirsty.
Recruit friends and family members to join you.
Wear sunscreen and bug spray; watch out for fire ants on the roadside.
All adults and children in the bike events must wear helmets. No exceptions!
Every participant in the 4-Mile Swim must have an escort boat; line yours up now.
In the homestretch:
Setup Events can take online registrations up to 30 minutes before your paid event. Walk-up registration is available for free events.
Saturday, Aug. 31:
8 a.m. 5K certified by USA Track and Field (registration fee)
8-10:30 a.m. Take the Lake Celebration at Elizabeth Brinkley Park goes on during events, featuring children’s games and a breakfast fundraiser.
9 a.m. 5K awards presentation
9:30 a.m. 1-Mile Fun Run (free)
10:30 a.m. 10-K Bike event (free)
Sunday, Sept. 1: Event-free day. Take it easy!
Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day):
8 a.m. Traditional Lee J. Greer 4-Mile Swim leaves from Dale’s Seafood or the dam, depending on wind direction (free)
8:30 a.m. 1-Mile Swim starts and finishes at Dale’s (registration fee)
12 noon 6-Mile Paddle from the dam to Dale’s (free)
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Take the Lake would not be possible without our generous sponsors. Thank you for supporting fitness and good health in our community!
Thank you to our sponsors!
Columbus Regional Healthcare System
The John A. McNeill Family
Carolina Sports Medicine
Council Tool Company
Friends of Rube McCrae Memorial Library
Hill's Food Stores
Southeastern Community College
Baldwin Woods Pharmacy
Dale's Seafood Restaurant
Powell and Powell Law
Sam’s Pit Stop
Special Service Sponsors
Body Shapers Fitness Center
Lake Time Vintiques
The News Reporter
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?
movies -- please!
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