Sole Sisters on the move


By Rick Palsgrove
Eastside Editor

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove
Members of the Sole Sisters, a running club for girls in grades 3-5 at Winchester Trail Elementary, take off at the start of the Sole Sisters 5K held in Canal Winchester on June 2.

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.

Fifth grader Sophia Viola strides to the finish line during the Sole Sisters 5K. Viola came in first place among the Sole Sisters runners with a time of 28:25. “I play soccer and running with the Sole Sisters helps me train for soccer,” said Viola. When told her winning time was well below 30 minutes, Viola smiled and said, “That’s good!”

“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 and click on the Sole Sisters tab.

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