Despite a few sprinkles, we had a record crowd for the 12th annual Providence Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler! More than 2,200 fabulous females from all across South Carolina and neighboring states participated in this event that raises awareness about heart disease in women.

Congratulations to 23-year-old Joan Tangwar of Spartanburg, S.C., for a fantastic performance on our five-mile course of 27:54—a blazing 5:35 pace. Coming in closely behind her was 2012 Heart & Sole winner Caitlyn Bullock of Charlotte, N.C., with a 28:44 finish time.

We were thrilled to welcome nearly 500 Girls on the Run Columbia participants to our three-mile event, along with their coaches and running buddies. This group of nearly 1,000 females adds so much excitement to our festivities each year, thrilling us to see young girls exposed to the benefits of exercise and healthy living.

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 don’t necessarily believe they can even accomplish such a goal. But they know a women’s only event like ours gives them the opportunity to try. They also know they’ll receive the kind of encouragement and support that comes from hundreds of 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.

Please consider coming back on Saturday, April 26, 2014, when we do it all over again. Bring your mothers, daughters and girlfriends and take part in South Carolina’s premier women’s only event. We’ll be waiting for you with our arms wide open!

Jeanna Moffett, Race Director
Providence Heart & Sole Women's Five Miler