O'Fallon Progress

Soul to Sole fund-raiser set for April 26 at Bank of O’Fallon

The 2nd annual Soul to Sole 5K Run/Walk & Children’s Fun Run to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation (Team Fox for Parkinson’s Research) will take place at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, April 26, at The Bank of O’Fallon. The event will take place rain our shine.
The 2nd annual Soul to Sole 5K Run/Walk & Children’s Fun Run to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation (Team Fox for Parkinson’s Research) will take place at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, April 26, at The Bank of O’Fallon. The event will take place rain our shine.

Want to support a good cause?

Then the Bank of O’Fallon, 901 S. Lincoln Ave., is the place to be Sunday, April 26, as the 2nd annual Soul to Sole 5K Run/Walk & Children’s Fun Run to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation (Team Fox for Parkinson’s Research) will take place at 8:30 a.m.

The children’s fun run will immediately follow. The event—which raised $10,000 last year—will take place rain our shine.

Jennifer Thoman, whose father Ty Cobb, 70, suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, is Race Director for the event. She naturally is excited about the second Soul to Sole fundraiser.

“This is what began with an idea to try and raise awareness in the metro-east area about the incurable disease,” she said. “The Soul To Sole 5K is the first Parkinson’s run/walk in the metro-east area. There has been no fundraiser for Parkinson’s until Soul To Sole 2014. I came up with the name of the run/walk because my father has such a sweet soul and with this incurable disease, it effect ones gait or footing. I also wanted to inspire children in O’Fallon and surrounding communities to be encouraged to exercise. As a dietitian/sports nutritionist, I wanted to also wanted to inspire the community schools to participate in our 5K as part of their track school programs as well as getting ready for the big St. Louis Girls On The Run which is right after our Soul To Sole Run/Walk.”

Of note, Thoman recently returned from New York City being honored at the VIP Awards by Michael J. Fox and his Foundation for raising so much money from Soul to Sole 2014.

“I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be able to be so involved with such a wonderful organization like the Fox Foundation, raising such amazing funds for a cure that will happen soon,” said Thoman, who expects this year’s fundraiser to net approximately $13,000.

Race day entries are $25, which includes runner’s goodie bag, an autographed baseball, refreshments and snacks. In addition, miles 1-3 are available for dedication for $50 for people would like to honor those with Parkinson’s. The first 300 participants will receive a race day shirt.

Special guests include Randy Wells (former Chicago Cubs pitcher who recently opened Midwest Indoor Team Training in Belleville with his partnership group), Danny Cox (former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher), Kirk Rueter (former San Francisco pitcher) and the St. Louis Rams cheerleaders.

“Not only do I have three pro baseball players from the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco signing autograph baseballs, but, as a former St. Louis Rams cheerleader, I will be involving the St. Louis Rams organization by having an appearance by the current St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders to perform and sign autographs for all registered runners and walkers,” Thoman said. “We will be giving away free pizza to all runners and walkers and Sweetsinsation from Belleville will provide chocolate chip cookies as well as fruit and drinks for attendees.”

Overall awards (male/female) include 1st place, $75; 2nd place, $50; and 3rd place, $25. The top three male/female finishers in each age division will earn a medal.

In addition, all children who participate in the Children’s Fun Run will receive a medal.

The event also will feature various raffle prizes, including a Big Green Egg ($1,200 value smoker/grill), a $500 Sports Authority Gift Card and a 50 lbs. meat bundle.

Event sponsors include Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Avada Pure Natur, Bank of O’Fallon, Bruce’s Autobody, Community Financial Advisors, Dierbergs, Gifts for Individuals, Gingham Buffalo, Hair Fusion Bar, HealthSource, Holzhauer Auto & Motorsports Group, Light Brite Distributing, O’Fallon Chiropractic, Rottschalk Dental, Running Start, St. Clare Bowl, Schiappa’s Pizza, Sports Authority, Steve Mueller Florist, The Blonde Salon, The Egg & I, The Painted Horse, Thoman Insurance, Trenton Processing and Wilke Window & Door Inc.

For more info call (618) 792-8875 or e-mail SoultoSole5K@gmail.com.

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