Sixth annual Heart & Sole 5K draws record numbers


By Gaylen Blosser - gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com



More than 300 runners leave the start line at the 6th annual Heart and Sole 5K race at Eldora Speedway.

More than 300 runners leave the start line at the 6th annual Heart and Sole 5K race at Eldora Speedway.


L-R, Peggy Foutz, Kristi Strawser, Executive Director at State of the Heart Care and Eric Fee, owner of Tribute Funeral Homes assist with the 6th annual Heart and Sole 5K race.


Two young boys compete in the 6th annual Heart and Sole 5K race at Eldora Speedway.


Tracy Moore, one of 312 participants runs in the 6th annual Heart and Sole 5k race at Eldora Speedway.


The traveling Pancake Trophy was won by Craig Riethman of F45 Training at the Heart and Sole 5K race at Eldora Speedway.


Pancakes are served to Heart and Sole 5K race participants in the Eldora Ballroom.


Runners enter the Eldora Speedway spectator stands at the 6th annual Heart and Sole 5K race at Rossburg.


ROSSBURG – The 6th annual Heart and Sole 5K race at Eldora Speedway saw a record number of entrants participate in the Saturday morning event. Kristi Strawser, Executive Director at State of the Heart Care opened the day’s events by singing the National Anthem.

“All the proceeds from the race today go to our care center which is our Inpatient Unit inside Wayne HealthCare,” stated Strawser. “It’s a nice family run.”

Tribute Funeral Homes was the Presenting Sponsor of the race that saw 312 entrants join the race.

“It means the world because being the only locally owned funeral home and working with Hospice hand in hand every day,” said Eric Fee, owner of Tribute. “Not only that, we have worked with them personally. My grandmother was in the Hospice Care Unit which is what we are sponsoring today so it is close to my heart. “It’s about the community, it’s about the togetherness, it’s about the support of the local State of the Heart Hospice – it’s from the heart.”

A first for the annual event was a pancake eating contest sponsored by Drew AG Transport, Inc. with the winner earning a traveling pancake trophy.

“We raised close $500 extra through businesses,” noted Fee. “Craig Riethman of F45 Training was the winner of a traveling trophy that he gets to keep for one year and will have an opportunity to retain the trophy by winning the contest again next year.”

Heading up the 5K event was first year race director Erica Wood.

Erica Wood used to be in our finance department and has recently transitioned into the business development specialist role so this is all new to her,” said Barbara Bell, Director of Business Development at State of the Heart Care. “She has done a great job, our 5-K committee has done a great job and then we have volunteer employees as well in addition to the committee. There are 15 or 16 State of the Heart staff that have helped pull this off.”

Presenting Sponsor: Tribute Funeral Home

Gold Sponsors: Dave Connelly-Edward Jones, Greenville National Bank, Second National Bank

Silver Sponsors: Brethren Retirement Community, Briarwood, Celina Manor, ProCare Hospice Care, Greenville Federal, Greenville Health & Rehab Center, Heritage Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center, Kaup Pharmacy, McGohan Brabender, MJS Plascics, Inc., Spirit Medical Transport, VonLehman, Wayne Health Care

Bronze Sponsors: JAFE Decorating, Inc., Randall Insurance Agency, Inc., Zechar Bailey Funeral Home

Supporting Sponsors: Greenville SNAP Fitness

Pancake Breakfast Sponsor: Drew AG Transport, Inc.

More than 300 runners leave the start line at the 6th annual Heart and Sole 5K race at Eldora Speedway.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/04/web1_8-inch-5K.jpgMore than 300 runners leave the start line at the 6th annual Heart and Sole 5K race at Eldora Speedway.

L-R, Peggy Foutz, Kristi Strawser, Executive Director at State of the Heart Care and Eric Fee, owner of Tribute Funeral Homes assist with the 6th annual Heart and Sole 5K race.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/04/web1_8-inch-Eric-Fee.jpgL-R, Peggy Foutz, Kristi Strawser, Executive Director at State of the Heart Care and Eric Fee, owner of Tribute Funeral Homes assist with the 6th annual Heart and Sole 5K race.

Two young boys compete in the 6th annual Heart and Sole 5K race at Eldora Speedway.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/04/web1_8-inch-Kids.jpgTwo young boys compete in the 6th annual Heart and Sole 5K race at Eldora Speedway.

Tracy Moore, one of 312 participants runs in the 6th annual Heart and Sole 5k race at Eldora Speedway.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/04/web1_8-inch-Moore.jpgTracy Moore, one of 312 participants runs in the 6th annual Heart and Sole 5k race at Eldora Speedway.

The traveling Pancake Trophy was won by Craig Riethman of F45 Training at the Heart and Sole 5K race at Eldora Speedway.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/04/web1_8-Inch-Pancake-Trophy.jpgThe traveling Pancake Trophy was won by Craig Riethman of F45 Training at the Heart and Sole 5K race at Eldora Speedway.

Pancakes are served to Heart and Sole 5K race participants in the Eldora Ballroom.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/04/web1_8-inch-pancakes.jpgPancakes are served to Heart and Sole 5K race participants in the Eldora Ballroom.

Runners enter the Eldora Speedway spectator stands at the 6th annual Heart and Sole 5K race at Rossburg.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/04/web1_8-Inch-race.jpgRunners enter the Eldora Speedway spectator stands at the 6th annual Heart and Sole 5K race at Rossburg.

By Gaylen Blosser

gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Gaylen Blosser gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com or 937-548-3330

Reach Gaylen Blosser gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com or 937-548-3330