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Sole Sisters reaches out to Kenya

Chesnutt taking shoes, watches to Rift Valley Marathon

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Jan. 26, 2018

DARTMOUTH, N.S. – Stacy Chesnutt is heading back to Kenya in March, and she is not going empty handed.
The race director of the Sole Sisters Women’s Race Series is taking new shoes and as many running watches as she can collect in the next 2-3 weeks, and will be distributing them to a group of female runners in training there she met last year. The group has become known as Sole Sisters Kenya.
“Everything I’m doing is for the 20 women that are in Sole Sisters Kenya,” she explained. “That name came about because they found out about all my running stuff and Sole Sisters, and they want to be part of this.”

Sole Sisters race director Stacy Chesnutt (front left) of Dartmouth, N.S. will be returning to Mosoriot, Kenya in March for the Rift Valley Marathon. During the trip she will be distributing shoes, running watches, and race registrations to Sole Sisters Kenya, a group of runners in training, and is seeking your support.

Photo courtesy of Stacy Chesnutt

This year, she is going back with a more specific plan in mind. She
hopes to register each of the girls in the Rift Valley Marathon, provide
at least one new pair of shoes to each of the runners, and is hoping to
collect enough donations to provide a second pair as well.
She also plans to provide each girl with a running watch, as being able to monitor your pace is very important for competitive runners.
“If you’re in the right circle you can get donated shoes,” said Chesnutt. “When you’re trying to make it as a professional runner in Kenya, you have access to some things, but nobody thinks about the watches.”
Chesnutt is accepting donations of new or gently used running watches, as well as cash to help purchase shoes, batteries and adapters. Her goal is to have everything in place by mid-February.
A YouCaring page has been set up here to accept the donations.
For more information, or for those looking to donate a watch, contact Stacy Chesnutt at [email protected] or on Facebook.
It all started last year, when Chesnutt traveled to Mosoriot, Kenya to take part in the Rift Valley Marathon. She knew if she took along extra running shoes and gear, that she would find homes for it.
What she did not expect was that her size-10 shoes would be too large for most Kenyan women.
“It never occurred to me,” she said, with a laugh. “But most of my shoes probably went to men.”
It was the day after the Rift Valley Marathon that Chesnutt tagged along with a CBC reporter to a training camp. There she met the 20 women who would become Sole Sisters Kenya. All are training to be professional runners.