Heart and Sole Run is Saturday, to create female heart disease awareness

Women from all around will come to Columbia’s Finlay Park Saturday to participate in Lexington Medical Center’s 17th Heart and Sole Run.

According to Race Director Jeanne Moffett, the purpose of the race is to create awareness about heart disease in women, which is the number one killer of women today.

Moffett said this is the type of race any female can participate in.

“It’s not just for the elite runner, but also for recreational people who’d like to come out and walk,” she said. “It’s to try to empower them, and take charge of their heart health.”

She encourages women to come out not just to have a fun time, but also to be in a supportive environment with other participants.

Since it is a race specific to women’s heart disease, men are not invited to participate in the run/walk.

“We allow men to be there of course, to cheer their spouses/sisters/friends on the sidelines, and they also can volunteer,” said Moffett. “We have about 300 volunteers who help out on the course, and a lot of those are guys.”

Jeanna has been heading up the race for all 17 years. She still feels purpose in her planning, seeing the event come to fruition each time. “It’s really meaningful to me, to be able to do something that has such a great purpose,” she said. Awareness about the issue is important to her she said, and it makes her feel like they’re doing a great job just if they can raise awareness about the issue.

There are anticipated 1300 runners and walkers in the race. The course begins at the top of Finlay Park, goes through historic parts of Columbia, through USC and the Vista, and ends at the bottom of the park.
Registration online is open until Thursday at noon.

Women can also register Friday from noon until 7 p.m. at Arsenal Hill Park, at 1800 Lincoln Street. More information can be found at heartandsolerun.com