What a fantastic turnout for the 11th annual Providence Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler!
We had a record crowd at our event in Finlay Park on April 28. More than 2,200 of you registered to run and walk with us—and we were thrilled to have you there!
Caitlin Chrisman of Charlotte, N.C., won our event in 28 minutes and 42 seconds, and Amber Moran of Asheville, N.C. was only 34 seconds behind her. We had a terrific lineup of elite women athletes joining us from the Midlands of South Carolina and surrounding states. Thank you for coming out and giving us such a spectacular finish to observe!
We were also happy to have more than 800 participants from Girls on the Run Columbia, an afterschool program for young girls that promotes self-esteem and healthy living. About 375 elementary and middle school girls completed their first official 3-mile course with us, running alongside their training buddies and coaches. Watching these girls cross the finish line is a reward within itself, and we are always thrilled to have them be a part of our event each year.
The majority of women who participate in Heart & Sole aren’t your typical athletes. They’re women who may be finishing a 3- or 5-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.
Every single woman who participates in our event is special to us. And we work hard to deliver an experience that makes everyone feel that way. So whether you’re an elite runner, a recreational athlete or someone new to exercise, please know our arms are open wide to you. Come join us next year on April 27 and help us continue to create awareness of heart disease and the power of a healthy lifestyle!
Jeanna Moffett, Race Director
Providence Heart & Sole Women's Five Miler
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