By Rick Palsgrove
On a muggy June 2 morning in Canal Winchester, the Sole Sisters lined up at the starting line eager to tackle the challenge of a 5K race.
The Sole Sisters, a running club for girls in grades 3-5 at Winchester Elementary School, formed three years ago when teachers Melissa Grimmett and Laura Shirkey wanted to create an affordable athletic outlet that could teach girls how to train for, and compete, in 5K races.
“It’s a way to teach moving the body for good health,” said Grimmett. “It also makes girls feel good about themselves and show them they can do whatever they set their minds to do.”
Grimmett said Sole Sisters now has 180 members and that it receives, “lots of help from teacher and parent
“The girls train for 12 weeks for the Sole Sisters 5K,” said Grimmett. “We also have added classes like kick boxing and yoga for the girls to try.”
The Sole Sisters 5K raised funds for both the running club and the school’s PTO.
For information about the Sole Sisters running club, visit cwlspto.org and click on the Sole Sisters tab.