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Take the Lake

Starts Sunday August 23rd, 2020

Lake Waccamaw, NC

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How will you Take the Lake in 2020?  

The heart of Take the Lake is promoting health and wellness in our community.   Although this years event is going to look a little different we are not going to let Covid 19 stop us from achieving our goals.  

2020 TTL will be a 15-day event ending on Labor Day Monday…Participants will have two weeks and Labor Day Monday to complete as many of the personal fitness challenges as they choose. All events are FREE.  Choose to Walk, Run, Hike, Bike, Swim, or Paddle.  Set your own goal!  

RunSignUp (who manages the online registration and records participant mileage for SetUp Events) offers a great virtual route tracking tool. For example in the 15 mile walk/run around the lake when a participant posts their mileage for the day, they can see exactly where you are on the route whether it’s in the state park, Waccamaw Shores, or Canal Cove, etc. Participants from anywhere in the world can "walk around the lake" and see where they on the course. I think this will be really fun way to track progress and invite friends and family to participate together even when they are far away.

TTL will set-up a Facebook Group for registered participants to share goals, training milestones, post photos, etc. We hope this Facebook community keeps us connected and helps us get to know each other better. 

We will sell awesome TTL t-shirts online during the registration process and will offer shipping to your home with a postage charge. Also, we will offer a drive-by packet pick-up on a specific day during a specific time. Drive-by packet pick-up allows participants to put their name and bib number on a sheet of paper in their car window and drive through the pick-up point to receive their packet. Specific pick-up details in Whiteville and Lake Waccamaw to follow. 

Online t-shirt sales help cover the cost for 2020 Take the Lake, and we appreciate your support with a purchase. We will use the same t-shirt brand and blend as the popular 2019 t-shirts and are updating the women's v-neck shirt supplier so these shirts will run "true to size." Tim and Edna Dowless of locally-owned TLD ScreenPrinting will supply t-shirts again this year. Thank you Tim and Edna! 

Our traditional Take the Lake event would not be possible the past 10 years without the loyal support of our sponsors, community volunteers, civic groups, Town of LW, Lake Waccamaw State Park, Columbus County Parks & Rec, Boys & Girls Homes, and the incredibly dedicated  LWPD, LWFD, LW-EMS and Whiteville EMS. The impact of COVID on these businesses, organizations and families is profound, and the virtual event will give everyone a break this year so they can focus on recovery. It is our hope we can return to our traditional event format in 2021. 

Everyone who registers for 2020 TTL will receive a Special Edition JAMA (John A. McNeill participation award) this year.  We hope JAMA collectors will enjoy this one-and-only Special Edition chip.

Take the Lake looks different this year, but we hope it is different in a good way and you will join us on this virtual adventure with the resilience and fortitude of each person since 2010 who has ever worked for and accomplished their personal TTL fitness goal. 

Race Distances

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Take the Lake - Run/Walk/Bike/Swim/Paddle Click to Find Out Register »
"NEW EVENT" Take the Lake 5K Click to Find Out Register »
Take the Lake 1 Mile Family Fun Run - FREE... Click to Find Out Register »
Take the Lake 10K Family Bike Ride - FREE ... Click to Find Out Register »
"NEW EVENT" Take the Lake - 1 Mile Swim Click to Find Out Register »
Take the Lake - 4 Mile Swim - FREE EVENT Click to Find Out Register »
Take the Lake - 6 Mile Paddle - FREE EVENT Click to Find Out Register »

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Start Location

Lake Waccamaw, Lake Waccamaw, NC

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