State of the Heart Care 5K set for Eldora Speedway

Staff report

DARKE COUNTY — State of the Heart Care will hold the nonprofit agency’s fourth annual “Heart & Sole 5k” on Saturday, April 1 at Eldora Speedway. Proceeds from the 5k will be used to provide support to the agency’s Hospice Care Center at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville. The Hospice Care Center is for patients from all of the communities served by the agency.

“This is our third year at Eldora Speedway and we look forward to continuing to grow this event,” stated Erica Wentworth, Race Director for the event. “This year we have added a memorial piece to the event and hope to see a lot of families join us. We are incorporating more family friendly activities to draw not only runners, but individuals and families that wish to walk the course are welcome and can still support a great cause.”

With offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland, State of the Heart cares for patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. The agency opened the Care Center in 2013.

The cost to enter is $25 per adult. For children 14 and under and seniors over 65 the cost is $5.

“There will be plenty of post-race refreshments and door prizes,” Wentworth said. “We will have cash prizes for the top three overall male and female finishers. We will also have a cash prize for every first place age division finisher.”

The event is open to both runners and walkers, and strollers are also welcome. Those interested in participating can find registration forms to mail in on the State of the Heart web site, or register for free online at

The Heart & Sole 5k is the first race in the Darke County Wellness Challenge.

For any business interested in sponsoring the race, or for any race day questions, please contact Erica Wentworth, Race Director, at or 937-548-2999.

Staff report