Organized by First Baptist Church of Weber City, the race welcomes more than 100 runners each year, and all proceeds benefit local causes in Scott County. This year, all proceeds will benefit the Weber City and Gate City volunteer fire departments.
“We have some runners in our church, so we just thought this would be a neat idea to help raise money for something special and different each year,” said Amanda Wolfe, an organizer of the race. “It’s just a way of giving back to our community.”
The race will be held Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. The certified, timed 5K course will start at the Gate City High School stadium, go through town and finish at the church’s community campus.
Once the race concludes, medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group. Overall male and female winners will also receive awards.
Since Soul 2 Sole’s inception, race proceeds have gone toward different charitable causes in the church’s community. The first year, proceeds funded four scholarships in memory of Hayley White, a Gate City High School student who passed away in 2012 after a battle with cancer.
Last year’s race benefitted Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapters in Scott County schools. This year, proceeds will be divided evenly between the Weber City and Gate City volunteer fire departments, both of which are thrilled to receive the financial support.
“They are excited,” Wolfe said, “and very thankful.”
Runners can register online by visiting runsignup.com/Race/VA/GateCity/316Soul2Sole5K. Alternatively, entry forms can be picked up at the church or printed at fbcwebercity.com/316-sports-ministry/.
The cost to register is $25 per person, and registration will be open until the day of the event. Those who register by Sept. 7 will be guaranteed to receive a race T-shirt.
“Every year,” Wolfe said, “we’ve been blessed by the amount of support we have and the amount we’ve been able to give.”