“Take the Lake” to get in shape
Lake Waccamaw, NC (WWAY) – For most of us Labor Day is a day of rest, but one Columbus County community is using it as a way to get in shape.
Started in the 1950’s as a friendly challenge “Take the Lake” has become a Labor Day tradition for Columbus County residents who are trying to promote a healthy lifestyle.
The three-day challenge has four events: swimming, walking, paddling, and biking. Ages of contestants in “Take the Lake” range anywhere from 8 to 80.
“Take the lake itself is not necessarily a race, it’s not competitive” said Eric Brandt, an organizer of the event. “We don’t post times we post peoples alphabetical accomplishments not necessarily in the order of their times. This is about improving health it’s not about being a superstar.”
“We’re considered one of the unhealthiest counties in the state so this here really shows we’re fighting back,” said spectator Wayne Inman.
Residents of Lake Waccamaw rally around the event by turning their homes into pit stops for competitors by offering water, rest, and encouragement.
For the fourth year in a row more than one thousand people participated in the free event with close to seven hundred riders taking part in the cycling event alone.
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