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Join Us for the Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler

Women of all ages will fill the streets of downtown Columbia as Lexington Medical Center presents the 15th annual Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler on Saturday, April 23 at 8:30 a.m. A women’s only event, the race features a five-mile run, a five-mile walk and a three-mile walk.

2015_H_S_Photo_Gallery 2The Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler celebrates women and the power of a healthy lifestyle. It also raises awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women. The picturesque course begins at the top of Finlay Park, winds around the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion, Main Street, Congaree Vista and into the historic neighborhoods next to the University of South Carolina campus. It finishes with a downhill stretch to the bottom of Finlay Park.

Launched by the Carolina Marathon Association in 2002, the Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler is South Carolina’s first women’s only road race. It has grown from fewer than 400 female participants in its first year to more than 2,300. Sponsored in conjunction with WIS News 10, the race offers women of all athletic abilities the opportunity to participate in a comforting, supportive environment. Elite athletes, as well as first-timers, enjoy the unique event that offers a red rose at the finish line and special refreshments that include chocolate-covered strawberries.

The event begins with an opening ceremony at 8:00 a.m. featuring Dawndy Mercer Plank and Judi Gatson of WIS News 10. The five-mile run begins at 8:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 8:35 a.m. Race day registration will be held from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. at Arsenal Hill, located at 1900 Lincoln Street near the start line and the Laurel Street entrance to Finlay Park.

2015_H_S_Photo_Gallery 3“This women’s only run and walk helps us to spread the word that heart disease is preventable and controllable,” said Harriet Horton, vice president at Lexington Medical Center. “We encourage women of all fitness levels to come out and participate.”

Cash awards will be presented to runners in the following categories:
Top five overall finishers $500/$400/$300/$200/$150
Top three masters finishers $150/$125/$100
Top three grand masters finishers $100/$75/$50
Top three senior grand masters finishers $75/$50/$25

Awards will be presented to the top three overall finishers in each age category: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70+.

2015_H_S_Photo_Gallery 4Walkers are eligible for prizes based on participation. All awards and prizes will be presented at the post-event ceremony in Finlay Park. After the event, participants enjoy special refreshments, entertainment and an expo featuring health screenings from Lexington Medical Center, and health and fitness-related services from local vendors.

Registration is $35 through April 22 and $45 on race day.

Participants are asked to bring “gently used” running or walking shoes to packet pick-up on Friday, April 22 or Saturday, April 23, at Arsenal Hill, located at 1900 Lincoln Street in downtown Columbia. These shoes will be donated to Christ Central Ministries, which serves people in need throughout the Midlands. Each year, participants donate nearly 500 pairs of shoes.

For more information, call the Carolina Marathon Association at (803) 731-2100 or visit www.HeartAndSoleRun.com or www.HeartAndSoleWalk.com to register online.

“Just Say Know:” Talking to your Doctor About Heart Disease

Dr. Jeremy Crisp of Lexington Family Practice Northeast was a guest on WIS-TV this month to talk about conversations you should have with your primary care physician about heart disease. Watch his interview below, which includes information on ideal blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride readings.


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FREE Heart Fair February 28

When was the last time you had your blood pressure checked? What’s your Body Mass Index? What does the inside of the human heart look like? Come to Lexington Medical Center’s FREE interactive Heart Fair on Sunday, February 28 from Noon–4:00 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Lincoln Street in Columbia to learn about your heart health. The event is free and open to the public.

HeartFairLogoFind out how to reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease by participating in free activities such as massage therapy, healthy cooking demonstrations, blood pressure screenings and exercise sessions. You’ll discover the latest cardiovascular technologies used in diagnostic, interventional and surgical procedures.

Heart and stethNew this year, visitors can also walk through a MEGA inflatable heart. And, Lexington Medical Center physicians and clinicians will be available to answer questions. The Heart Fair includes activities for children, too. Kids can enjoy jump rope and coloring stations.

Barbara Willm, vice president of Development and Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center, talked about Heart Fair on WLTX.


The Heart Fair marks the culmination of Lexington Medical Center’s “Just Say Know” campaign during American Heart Month in February, encouraging community members to take time for their heart health. The idea was to educate our community about heart health and encourage people to lead a heart-healthy life in four ways:

1. KNOW your risk factors for heart disease.
2. KNOW when to talk to your doctor.
3. KNOW how to reduce your risk of heart disease.
4. KNOW when to call 9-1-1.

Heart disease is an epidemic in South Carolina. One out of every three deaths in our state is related to cardiovascular disease.

For more information on Lexington Medical Center’s Heart Fair, visit www.LexMed.com/Know.