Friends of Clay is thrilled to host the 3rd annual Friends of Clay 5k in partnership with Shoes That Fit! Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our community and team. So, in alignment with current state regulations, this year’s race is going virtual!

Our Virtual Race will run from August 17 to August 30 and you choose your location, day, time and socially distant running partners! Challenge your friends, family and neighbors to join in on the fun and raise critical funds for the Clay Center’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) education programs as well as our wonderful partner, Shoes That Fit!

Last year’s race impacted thousands of students who visited the Clay Center and additional shoe donations provided 1,600 West Virginia schoolchildren with BRAND NEW, NAME BRAND athletic shoes!

Shoes That Fit is an organization tackling one of the most visible signs of poverty in America by giving kids in need brand new athletic shoes, so they can attend school with dignity and joy. Through our partnership, Shoes That Fit will work with local schools to identify those in need. The Clay Center knows that confidence impacts learning – and we want to help kids improve their self-esteem and participation at school by eliminating one of poverty’s most visible and debilitating marks. Check out our shoe delivery from last year’s event HERE!

Runners, sponsors and supporters of the cause have the option to donate shoes at $25/pair. And, thanks to a matching gift, all donations up to $25,000 will be matched dollar-for-dollar. With your help, up to 2,000 West Virginia schoolchildren could receive new shoes this year!


Pricing: $30/runner; virtual race registration will also include a $10 discount coupon for our May 22, 2021 in-person race!

With your registration you will receive:

* Commemorative Friends of Clay 5K T-Shirt

* Race Bag

* Platform to submit your results

How to receive your race swag:

Packet pick-ups will be from Tuesday – Saturday, 9/29 – 10/10 from 10:00AM-12:30PM or 1:30PM-4:00PM at the Clay Center.

If you purchased shipping, they will arrive to you within that time frame. 

Crews & Associates
Derek Newsome, PA-C
Kanawha Valley Foot & Ankle Associates PLLC
Premier Bank
The Studio Be Fit, LLC


For sponsorship opportunities or additional questions about the Virtual Friends of Clay 5k, please contact Nichole Koenig, Director of Philanthropy at 304-561-3532 or

Friends of Clay and the Friends of Clay 5k committee sends a huge thank you for supporting the Clay Center’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education programs and Shoes That Fit!

2020 Friends of Clay 5k Committee
Derek NewsomeCo-ChairWill SwannCo-Chair