Take the Lake

Sat August 31 - Mon September 2 Lake Waccamaw, NC US 28450 Directions

Take the Lake Runs

08/31 8:00AM - 9:15AM EDT
Events: "NEW EVENT" Take the Lake 5K Take the Lake 1 Mile Family Fun Run - FREE EVENT
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://www.takethelake.org/.

Lake Waccamaw
Lake Waccamaw, NC US 28450

HOT OFF THE PRESS - Check out this years Take the Shirt!  Race shirt included with your 5K run and or 1 mile swim!  Shirts for other events may be purchased for $12.  

We have 3 styles of this years shirt:  Unisex, Ladies  (V - Neck ) and Youth.  Please select your size and style!  The ladies size do run small and we would suggest you order one size larger than you would normally wear.  Ex. If you wear a Small in a traditional t shirt you would want to order a Medium Ladies shirt. 



Take the Lake celebrates 11 years this Labor Day weekend with a refreshed schedule of events. Join us Saturday, August 31, 2019, for a certified 5K, 1-mile Family Fun Run, Post Race Breakfast Celebration and 10K family bike ride all based at Elizabeth Brinkley Park. Sunday will be a day to enjoy family, the lake and Labor Day weekend festivities. Labor Day Monday, September 2 starts with the traditional 4-mile Labor Day Swim across Lake Waccamaw, plus a 1-mile swim and 6-mile paddle. Take the Lake kicks off Friday night, August 30, with Take the Plate spaghetti fundraiser dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Lake Waccamaw United Methodist Church. Take the Lake has a 3-year plan to return to the long distance personal walk/run and bike challenges. In 2020, we will keep the 2019 events and add back the 16-mile walk/run. In 2021, we add back the 16-mile bike. Look out for updates on Facebook and TakeTheLake.org. As always, register online early for an easy, event-day launch.

Saturday, August 31, 2019 Schedule of Events
Registration will open June 1, 2019

Avoid the LINE - Register ONLINE
Saturday, August 31, 2019
​8 a.m. - 5K 
Route begins are Elizabeth Brinkley Park and heads east on Lakeshore Dr. and back to Elizabeth Brinkley Park on a 5K certified course
$25 entry fee includes t-shirts, division awards and John A. McNeill Award (JAMA) to everyone who completes the course
5k race coordinator is SetUp Events
8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Post Race Celebration and Breakfast for everyone at Elizabeth Brinkley Park. Food, music, games &  fun!
9 a.m. - 5K Race Awards at Elizabeth Brinkley Park
9:15 a.m. -  Family 1-Mile Fun Run 
Route begins in Elizabeth Brinkley Park and travels around Sutton Place and back to Elizabeth Brinkley Park. Event is FREE.
10:30 a.m. - 10K Bike Ride
Same as in 2018, the 10K Bike Ride will leave Elizabeth Brinkley Park and travel through Bella Coola to the N.C. Wildlife Boat Landing and back to Elizabeth Brinkley Park.  Bike helmets required. Event is FREE

Monday Schedule of Even more Fun

Monday, September 2, 2019 - Swim & Paddle Events
​2019 Swim events include a NEW 1-mile swim and the traditional 4-mile Labor Day Swim
Complete event details and registration available by June 1, 2019.
Avoid the LINE - Register ONLINE

4-mile Swim is Monday, September 2, with an 8:00 a.m. start (Boat escort required.)
Registration Begins: Dale’s or dam, 7:30 a.m. - Event is FREE
Assembly to Receive Instructions: 7:45 a.m. sharp

1 - mile Swim starts at Dale's at 8:30 a.m. (NO boat escort required!)
Setup Events is race coordinator for this event
Assembly to Receive Instructions: 8:15 a.m.  
$25 Registration Fee includes t-shirt and division awards 
Register for both the 5K and 1-Mile Swim and SAVE- Total registration for both events is $38 and one t-shirt.
All other Take the Lake events are FREE.

People ages nine to seniors have swum this lake in a Labor Day tradition since the 1940s. 
Each swimmer must have a safety escort boat – paddle or motor – with an adult for this 2-5 hour swim.
Keep Calm and Swim On for four miles, following yellow buoys.
Wetsuits are allowed.
You must report to us if you drop out.
For the Lee J. Greer Award, you must swim unassisted without propulsion aids. You may hold a boat that doesn’t move you forward.
SILVER SWIM RELAY: Up to four people age 55 or older who have completed this or a comparable swim. This is the only PEC where relay teams are allowed.
Dale’s Seafood awards successful solo 4-Mile Labor Day swimmers with a free lunch special – bring your Lee J. Greer award. 
You should be done in less than four hours.

What to bring
A faithful adult friend or relative to guide you - Patience helps.
Kayaks - work very well, as do small boats. 
Electric trolling motors - are great, and no gas fumes!
Also helpful - Goggles. Swim cap (for visibility). Swim fins or snorkel are NOT allowed. Wetsuits are allowed.
Pack that boat with plenty of provisions for a long haul: Food, water, sunscreen, clothes, etc.


5K Awards

5K Medals awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Male and Female in each division. 

10 and under,  11-14, 15-19 , 20 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69, 70 & Over



Race Contact Info

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Please enter Elizabeth Brinkley Park from Highway 214, which is known locally as “Sam Potts Highway.”  From Hwy 214 (Sam Potts Highway) turn onto Bald Cypress Circle to enter the parking area. Bald Cypress Circle becomes Columbia Ave at the “big curve” and Columbia Ave will be closed from the “big curve” to Schley Ave.  There will not be access to parking from Columbia Ave.


Elizabeth Brinkley Parking Map 


Course Maps







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