On an absolutely beautiful day in Columbia, we had a record crowd for the 13th annual Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler! More than 2,300 fabulous females from all across South Carolina and neighboring states registered for this event that raises awareness about heart disease in women.
Congratulations to Caitlyn Bullock of Charlotte, N.C., who reclaimed her 2012 title and crossed the finish line of our five-mile course in 28:08—a super-fast 5:38 pace. And coming in right on her heels was Joan Tangwar of Spartanburg, S.C., who finished six seconds later in 28:14.
We were thrilled to welcome nearly 600 Girls on the Run Columbia participants to our three-mile event, along with their coaches and running buddies. This group of nearly 1,200 females adds tons of 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.
I hope you’ll join us on Saturday, April 25, 2015, 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!
Jeanna Moffett, Race Director
Heart & Sole Women's Five Miler