Join us for either our LIVE or VIRTUAL Friends of Clay and Shoes that Fit 5K!

The virtual portion of the race will take place from May 16 – 22 – you choose your location, day, time and running partners! If you’d like to join us for the in-person race, that’ll take place at the Clay Center on May 22!

Challenge your friends, family, and neighbors to join you and help support the Clay Center’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) education programs and our amazing partner’s, Shoes That Fit and Save The Children!

Pricing: $30/runner race registration
(if you participated in last year’s Friends of Clay and Shoes That Fit Virtual 5K, you should have received a coupon code for a $10 discount for the 2021 race)

With your registration you will receive:

  • Commemorative Friends of Clay 5K T-Shirt
  • Race Bag
  • Platform to submit your results
    *More info on race packet pickups coming soon.


Across the United States, one in five children grows up in poverty. In West Virginia, that statistic is one in four, or nearly 100,000 kids. Because of circumstances beyond their control, WV children are struggling.

YOU can help by joining a statewide campaign conducted by Shoes That Fit and Save the Children to provide new athletic shoes and other essential needs for West Virginia’s most at-risk children in rural parts of the state. Amidst the current health crisis, the need is urgent, and, thanks to seed money raised through the virtual race in August 2021, we are already in contact with WV schools to coordinate shoe deliveries.

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.

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.

Please help keep the momentum going and join Shoes That Fit, Save The Children, and the Friends of Clay Center to provide West Virginia’s children with some of their most basic needs, including a pair of properly fitting athletic shoes. Your gift will have a dramatic impact, helping preserve a child’s dignity, increase their confidence, and let them run, play, skip, and just be a kid.



Derek Newsome, PA-C


Kanawha Valley Foot & Ankle Associates PLLC
Premier Bank
The Studio Be Fit LLC


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

Friends of Clay and the Friends of Clay 5Kcommittee sends a huge thank you for supporting the Clay Center’s STEAM education programs and Shoes That Fit!


Friends of Clay 5k Committee
Derek NewsomeCo-Chair,