What a beautiful day it was for the 15th anniversary of the Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler! More than 1,300 fabulous 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 Alyssa Bloomquist of Greenville, S.C., who finished first in 29:37, a pace of 5:56. Coming in 19 seconds behind her was Shawanna White of Columbia, S.C., who finished in 29:56.
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 entirely such 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 who offered in-kind contributions and door prizes.
I hope you’ll join us on Saturday, April 22, 2017, 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!