On Sat, Nov. 21 the fifth annual Sophie’s Six 6K and 1 mile fun run/walk was held on Wilson College campus. Both runs began and ended at the Gannet Memorial Field House with over 200 participants trailing through campus and onto Philadelphia Avenue.
The race was started in 2011 by Lori Frey, Wilson’s Athletic Director, and her family in remembrance of Sophia Grace Martin, Frey’s niece, who passed away at three years old. After Sophie’s death her family began running as a coping mechanism.
The support that running gave Sophie’s family served as motivation for them to participate in a half-marathon at DisneyWorld which provided inspiration for Sophie’s Six. Another motivating factor behind the race was that it provides a way for the family to give back to organizations that helped them through the grieving process. The proceeds from the first year of the race went towards organizations such as Drew’s Hope and Camp Koala, which helped the family immensely with their grief.
With the race’s fifth year a success Sophie’s family is looking forward to next year’s race. Mark your calendars for Nov. 19, 2016 and come participate in next year’s race!
If you are interested in volunteering for next year’s Sophie’s Six Race, or have any questions contact Lori Frey at firstname.lastname@example.org