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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.

#JustSayKnow to an Upper Body Ergometer for Heart Health

Dawndy Mercer Plank of WIS-TV stopped by Cardiac Rehabilitation at our hospital this week to try out our Upper Body Ergometer – known as an “UBE.” Exercise physiologist Heather Long talked to her about the benefits of the machine.

The machine helps you work the muscles of your arms, core, shoulders and back while increasing your heart rate for cardiovascular health. She talked about the machine on her “50 Days to 50 Years Segment,” marking the countdown to her 50th birthday next month.

Interestingly, Dawndy has a broken foot right now. The segment shows that you can still work out even with some physical limitations. #JustSayKnow to heart disease by reducing your risk through exercise.

Hoops & Hope with Dawn Staley Is Slam Dunk for Foundation

More than 500 people attended “Hoops and Hope with Dawn Staley,” an event benefitting the Lexington Medical Center Foundation on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

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A three-time Olympic gold medalist, Staley has been the University of South Carolina women’s basketball head coach since 2008. Under her leadership, the Gamecocks have achieved honors including a first-ever #1 national ranking and an NCAA Final Four appearance in 2015. Staley has also tripled the number of fans attending women’s basketball games at the university.

In Columbia, Staley encourages her teams to pursue community service opportunities, and also founded Innersole, which aims to provide new sneakers to children who are homeless and children in need.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation fills important community needs by supporting a variety of hospital and community programs including a cancer care fund, a boutique for breast cancer patients, nursing scholarships, LMC’s doula program, an outdoor garden at Carroll Campbell Place, health care internships, a mobile medical unit, pastoral care and prescription assistance.

Thank you to WIS-TV for covering the event. And, WIS-TV news anchor Judi Gatson served as the emcee.

Dawn Staley is one of the most decorated participants in United States women’s basketball history. She has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and recognized by the WNBA as one of the Top 15 influential players in league history. As a college player in the 1990’s, Staley was a standout at the University of Virginia. She was also a member of three United States Olympics teams, earning gold medals in 1996, 2000 and 2004. Her professional playing experience includes the WNBA’s Charlotte Sting and Houston Comets, where she earned accolades for her skills, sportsmanship and leadership.