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Heart & Sole 2019

More than 1,300 women raced through downtown Columbia on Saturday, April 20, 2019 for the annual Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler. The event celebrates women and the power of a healthy lifestyle. It also raises awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women.

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To learn more about Lexington Medical Center’s comprehensive cardiovascular program, visit LexMed.com/Heart.

On Your Marks, Get Set, Go! Heart & Sole Race This Saturday

On your mark, get set, go! Join us for the Lexington Medical Center Heart and Sole Women’s Five Miler on Saturday, April 20 in downtown Columbia. This women-only event features a five-mile run, a five-mile walk and a three-mile-walk. In its 18th year, Heart and Sole is designed to celebrate women and the power of a healthy lifestyle, and to raise awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women. With a strong commitment to a comprehensive cardiovascular program at the hospital, Lexington Medical Center is pleased to be the title sponsor.

The start line is at Arsenal Hill on Laurel Street. The opening ceremony is at 7:30 a.m; the 5-mile run and walk begin at 8:00 a.m; and the 3-mile walk starts at 8:05 a.m. The finish line is at the bottom of Finlay Park on Taylor Street. Each woman will receive a red rose and a finisher’s medal as she crosses the finish line. A post-event celebration and expo featuring Lexington Medical Center clinicians as well as WIS-TV news anchors Dawndy Mercer-Plank, Judi Gatson and other WIS-TV personalities will take place in Finlay Park until 10:30 a.m.

“We’re proud to host the Heart and Sole Women’s Five Miler because it not only encourages physical activity a healthy lifestyle, it also calls attention to the issue of heart disease — the biggest health threat women face today,” said Dr. Amy Epps, cardiologist with Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Launched by the Carolina Marathon Association in 2002, the Lexington Medical Center Heart and Sole Women’s Five Miler is South Carolina’s first women-only road race. It has grown from fewer than 400 female participants in its first year to more than 1,300 today. 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.

Women who have participated in Heart and Sole in previous years will recognize changes in the course over the past two years. The growth of Columbia’s Soda City Market on Main Street has made the downtown area on Saturday mornings busier than ever before. As a result, the course now goes down Marion Street, incorporate historic sections of the city and eliminates the Gervais Street hill. These changes have created a flatter, faster course.

For more information, including a course map, packet pick-up, race day and awards information, and to register, visit HeartAndSolerun.com or HeartAndSoleWalk.com.

We hope to see you at the start line!

More than 1,300 Women Participate in Heart and Sole

More than 1,300 women participated in the Lexington Medical Center Heart and Sole Women’s Five Miier on Saturday, April 21 in Columbia. Heart and Sole raises awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women and celebrates the power of a healthy lifestyle. This year’s event featured a new start time and new course. Enjoy the slide show below and for a list of race results, visit HeartAndSoleRun.com. We hope to see you at the Start Line next year!

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