Monday, March 2, 2015

State of the Heart Hospice 5K Set for March 28th at Eldora Speedway

State of the Heart Hospice will hold the nonprofit agency’s second annual “Heart & Sole 5k” on Saturday, March 28 at Eldora Speedway. Proceeds from the 5k will be used to provide support to the agency’s Care Center at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville. The Hospice Care Center is for patients from all of the communities served by the agency.

“We were extremely happy with last year’s event which was held in February when we had five inches of snow and ice on the ground and it was nine degrees and we had 300 participants,” stated Christy Baker, State of the Heart Hospice event organizer and Development Specialist. “Even though we loved having the race at Rossburg Acres, we outgrew our venue after one year. We are anticipating 500 participants at this year’s 5k,” she added. “We appreciate Eldora Speedway graciously hosting our event this year.” Last year, the race raised $12,653.

The presenting sponsor for the fund raising event is Preferred Insurance Center of Coldwater. State of the Heart has partnered with Preferred Insurance Center on other fund raising projects. “We are delighted that they are once again our presenting sponsor,” Baker said.

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 and anticipates serving nearly 400 patients by the end of this year.

This year’s event “theme,” Baker explained, “is based on a ‘race’ since we are at the well known race venue near New Weston. The 5k will be an out and back with the last half mile around the Eldora race track, weather permitting.” Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and the race starts at 9 a.m.

The cost to enter is $20 and with this you get a tech shirt. It is $15 if you do not want the shirt. Children 14 and under the cost is $12 with a shirt, and $5 without. These prices are good if entered before March 13. After that date, the price is $25 per adult and the pricing stays the same for children. Baker said that shirts could not be guaranteed after March 13.

“We will once again have a candy stop on the course along with post-race refreshments,” Baker 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: The Heart & Sole 5k is the second race in the Darke County Wellness Challenge. For information about the Challenge go to . To register for that race go to

If any businesses are interested in being an event sponsor for the Heart & Sole race, they can contact Ryan Gathard, Fund Development Director for State of the Heart at 1-800-417-7535, or by email at For questions about the race itself, contact Christy Baker at the same number or by email:

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