What a beautiful day it was for the 16th anniversary of the Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler! Nearly 1,300 fit and fantastic females from all across South Carolina and neighboring states registered to participate in this event that raises awareness about heart disease in women.
Congratulations to our own Shawanna White of Columbia, S.C., who finished first in 30:07, a pace of 6:02. Coming in second place was another local favorite, Kenzie Riddle, who finished in 32:50.
Although our event attracts many elite runners, the majority of women who participate in Heart & Sole aren’t your typical athletes. They’re women who may be finishing a three- or five-mile walk or run for the first time. They’re not totally confident they can accomplish such a goal, but they know a women’s-only event like ours gives them a great opportunity to try. They also know they’ll receive the kind of encouragement and support that can only come from hundreds of other women just like themselves. I applaud these women for their accomplishments on Saturday and hope their experience inspires them to make a lifetime of healthy choices.
The Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of Lexington Medical Center. We’re grateful to them for providing beautiful finisher medals to all our participants and for making this year’s event so special. We also thank WIS News 10 for their wonderful promotion and for helping call attention to the critical health issue of heart disease in women.
Our health and wellness expo was sponsored by Live Fearless BlueCross and BlueShield South Carolina featured multiple booths brimming with activity and valuable health information. Dick’s Sporting Goods made our race results scoreboard possible, and Edible Arrangements made our day extra sweet again by providing delicious chocolate-dipped strawberries. We’re also grateful to the numerous businesses that offered in-kind contributions and door prizes.
I hope you’ll join us on Saturday, April 21, 2018, when we do it all over again. Bring your mothers, daughters and girlfriends and take part in South Carolina’s premier women’s-only road race and walk. We’ll be waiting for you with our arms wide open!