Heart & Sole - About the Race

About the Course

This scenic five-mile course in downtown Columbia begins and ends at beautiful Finlay Park. Walkers have their choice of completing a 3-mile or 5-mile course. The course is sanctioned by USA Track & Field. Split times are provided at every mile, and water and first aid are available at three points along the course. Pacers will be available for 8-, 9- and 10-minute runners and 13-, 15- and 17-minute walkers.

All runners must pick up ChampionChip transmitters at the registration area the morning of the event. Transmitters must be fastened to shoes and turned in after the race at a specially designated area. A $30 fee will be assessed if the chip is not returned.

Race results will be posted by Saturday afternoon, May 14, on the Carolina Marathon Association's Web site at www.carolinamarathon.org. Visit www.wistv.com for photos of the day's activities.

Registration and Packet Pick-Up

The most convenient way to sign up for the Heart & Sole Five Miler is to register online at www.carolinamarathon.org.

Online registration is provided by Strictly Running. You can also complete the attached entry form and mail to the address listed. Preregistration applications submitted by mail must be postmarked by April 15, 2005. (Participants do not receive confirmations.) We cannot guarantee tank tops to late registrants.

Event packets and late registration will be available May 13 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Comfort Suites hotel, located at 501 Taylor Street in downtown Columbia (I-126 and Huger Street). (803) 744-4000. You may also register and pick up packets on the morning of the event from 6:30 to 8 a.m. at Finlay Park (Laurel St. side).

Give Your Soles to Charity

Bring your "gently used" running and walking shoes to packet pickup on Friday at the Comfort Suites hotel or on Saturday morning at the registration area at Finlay Park. We're donating these shoes to The Cooperative Ministry, which serves needy people in the Midlands.

Hotels and Accommodations

The host hotel for the Providence Heart & Sole Five Miler is the Comfort Suites hotel, located at 501 Taylor Street, which will provide a discount rate of $85 per night for participants who mention the event when they register by April 1, 2005. Call (803) 744-4000. For other accommodations in the area, visit the Columbia Visitor & Convention Bureau's Web site at www.columbiacvb.com.

Providence Heart Institute:
Leading the Fight Against Heart Disease

Providence Heart Institute, located in downtown Columbia, is widely recognized as a referral center for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Known as South Carolina's "heart hospital," Providence Heart Institute is housed within Providence Hospital, which was founded in 1938 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine.

For more information about Providence Heart Institute, visit the Web site at www.provhosp.com or call (803) 256-5300.

The Carolina Marathon Association

The Carolina Marathon Association is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Recognized for its expertise in hosting exceptional running events, the organization annually hosts three signature events that attract thousands of walkers and runners of all ages to the Midlands. We are proud to partner with charitable organizations helping to make a difference in the community.

For more information about other Carolina Marathon Association-hosted events or volunteer opportunities, visit the Web site at www.carolinamarathon.org  or call (803) 731-2100. Preregistration applications must be postmarked by APRIL 15, 2005

Special Notes

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