Event Registration

Ache Around the Lake 8K and 2 Mile


The Ache Around the Lake started out as a USAT&F-certified 8K (4.97 mile) race and now includes a separate, two-mile fun run called “The Ouch.” Because the race is nestled in the foothills and held in September, it often draws people who enjoy a destination race.

In 2016, the event drew nearly 200 runners and walkers, mostly residents of North and South Carolina. Almost 40% of race participants are residents of Polk County, North Carolina, and 30% of race participants are from Greenville County, South Carolina. Many participants stay at local inns or bed-and-breakfasts and enjoy the quaint appeal of area antique shops, fine restaurants, and the backdrop of the Carolina Mountains at peak fall foliage.

Since 2007, proceeds from the Ache charity race event have helped St. Luke’s Hospital upgrade our Radiology Department to digital technology, as well as upgrade Surgery, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, our Geriatric Psychiatry Unit, and Pharmacy. In 2013, the Ache proceeds were used toward the Activities of Daily Living Lab at St. Luke’s Hospital. Monies raised helped cover the costs of the simulated kitchen, tub, shower, curb, and vehicle, as well as support other projects throughout the ADL Lab. Your support of the 2017 Ache will benefit the Infusion Center at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Race Day Schedule:

  • 6:30-7:30am - Registration (Registration PROMPTLY closes at 7:30am. No exceptions.)
  • 8:00am - Both races begin
  • 9:15am - Awards
  • 10:00am - Course closes

Other Race Information: Packet pick-up and registration will be in the parking lot across from the Lake Lanier entrance on Hwy 176. The race begins on Butter Street. The finish line for both races is before the dam near the corner of E. and W. Lakeshore Drives. Parking is prohibited in this area.

The 8K course is USATF-certified.

Entry Fees:

  • Pre-registration - $25 (post-marked or submitted online by 11:59pm on 9/4/2016)
  • Family Rate - $20 (Minimum of three people registering at once. Great for large families, groups of friends, or businesses. Choose the "Family Rate" pricing option for this.)
  • Race Day Registration - $30

8K Awards:

  • Top 3 Overall & Masters
  • 1st Place Awards for Age Groups
  • Top Dog Award

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