Providence Heart & Sole Women's Five Miler

(Columbia) May 20, 2006 - The Fifth Annual Providence Heart & Sole Women's Five Miler has come and gone, despite a slight delay on Saturday morning for some brief thunderstorms.

Once the weather moved out of the area, the all-women's event featured a five-mile run, and a three and five-mile walk.
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If you've never before participated in the Heart & Sole, you missed a real a treat, but don't worry because there's always next year. Click here to visit our Web site where you can view a video from last year's event. If this video doesn't inspire you to participate, nothing will! Be sure to pass along the link to all your friends who might be interested. Participating with your gal pals from church, work or neighborhood makes for a great girls-only activity! And you still have plenty of time to get ready to walk or run with us, so there's simply no excuse!

In addition to the more than 1200 ladies who participated in the walk, the Women of WIS Television, Dawndy Mercer, Judi Gatson and others, participated.

An event created by women and for women, the Heart & Sole Five Miler donates a portion of its proceeds to help fight heart disease, the number one killer of women. And start saving your gently used running or walking shoes for charity. We're collecting them for the Cooperative Ministry, which serves needy people in the Midlands. Adult and children's sneakers are needed.

Here's how it went down May 20, 2006:

  • Race Day Registration: 6:30 to 8:00am (Finlay Park, Laurel St. side)
  • Opening Ceremony: 8:00am (Finlay Park, Laurel St. side)
  • Five-mile Run: 8:30am
  • Three-mile and Five-mile Walk: 8:35am
  • Expo and Post Event Celebration: 9:00 to 11:00am (Finlay Park, Taylor St. side)
  • Race Awards Ceremony: 9:30am (approximately)
  • Walk Awards Ceremony: 10:30am (approximately)

If we didn't see you on Saturday, we hope to see you next year!

Until then, Here are A Few Tips on Finding the Right Shoe while you train:

  • Your feet change with age, and that means they usually get bigger.
  • Have your feet measured every year to be sure of the size. Also, most women’s feet become a half-size larger after pregnancy.
  • Your right and left feet may differ in size by as much as a full size. Always measure both feet and buy shoes to fit your larger foot.
  • Remember that you get what you pay for. A good pair of running or walking shoes will cost you about $100. But proper shoes will protect your feet and enable you to stay injury free.
  • Your heel should fit snugly with no slipping. The midfoot of the shoe under your arch and over the top of your foot should not be too tight. And your toes should have plenty of room.
  • Your feet swell during the day, so try on shoes later in the day when the feet are their largest. Most women buy shoes that are too small because they don’t like the idea of having “big” feet.