5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Sole Sisters Running Club’s Jen Kennedy

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple recently caught up with Jen Kennedy, Vice President of Sole Sisters Running Club. The club has organized its First Annual Winter SOLEstice 5K this Saturday, December 8 at 10am, beginning on the Town Common.

#1) What is the Sole Sisters Running Club? How long has it been around? How many members does it have? Are many from Wilmington?

Sole Sisters Running Club is an all-women’s running club based in Wilmington, MA. SSRC is a member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) as well as United States Track and Field (USATF). Our club was founded in 2013. We currently have 317 members with 128 of them being Wilmington residents.

#2) How did the Winter SOLEstice 5K come about?

It had been on our radar to put on a race. Last December we decided to officially pull the trigger. With several other local races taking place throughout the year, we thought this would be a fun and festive time to have our event. We challenged our members to come up with some possible names for the race and Winter SOLEstice, submitted by Tricia White, was the clear favorite. All the design work was done by the talented Nicolle Renick.

#3) What can registrants expect at your 5K?

Fun, competition, and holiday spirit — we have something for everyone! We are excited to announce SSRC had this locally known course USATF certified and it’s now an official 5K distance. Post race will include warm beverages and cookies. Oh, and we should warn everyone to be on their best behavior — word on the street is both Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be running this race!

#4) How many registrants are you expecting? Where will the funds from the 5K go?

Online registration closed on Tuesday night and at that time, we had 385 participants. With the forecast calling for sunny skies, we are anticipating many same day registrations. Four hundred plus would certainly exceed our initial expectations. Proceeds from our race will support event costs as well as help our team’s mission of encouraging women in running, including support of our annual scholarship program, which benefits deserving Wilmington and Tewksbury high school seniors every year.

#5) How can non-runners support the 5K and the group in general?

Walkers are welcome and encouraged to attend. This is a family friendly event so bundle up the kids and bring your family down for a nice holiday walk!

To learn more about SSRC, please visit our website: https://www.solesisters01887.com.

BONUS QUESTION: It’s going to be in the low 20’s for the race. What’s the coldest weather you’ve ever run in?

I don’t mind running in the cold — it’s all about your clothing game. That said, anything under 10 degrees usually gets me a date with the treadmill.

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