Charleston Distance Run To Honor Joni Adams

By: Pat Riley


In late June, Our running community was sadly hit hard with the loss of a running icon in the flooding WV. Our hearts were heavy and our thoughts and prayers are still with the family of Joni Adams and her close friend who were 2 of the 23 who died in the tragic floods in WV in June. For those who don’t know this legendary runner, she’s a local from the Charleston area. 

Joni Adams was extremely active in our running community and she worked tirelessly with the Charleston Distance Run to make it the iconic event that it is today.

Joni was a devoted member of the Charleston Distance Run Committee since 1999, and provided innovative suggestions and tremendous support for the Distance Run.  The popular 3-person relay in the 15 mile race was created by Joni in 2004.

On Monday, July 11th, the Charleston Distance Run Race Committee met for the first time since Joni's death. "Joni loved to run and to run races, but she loved the Charleston Distance Run most of all.  She ran our 15 mile race every year since 1976, when she was the first female finisher from West Virginia" - John Palmer, Charleston Distance Run Race Director. 

There will be a number of ways that CDR will be remembering Joni this year, and for the rest of the race's existance:

  • Bib Number 50 will be used by Joni's nephew Caleb Adams. He is very active in the running community as well and has even put on the Race Director hat a time or two. In 2015, he was the winnner of the CDR 5K with a time of 19:32. This year, he will be stepping up to the 15 miler, and wearing Joni's number.
  • There will be an extra Bib Number 50 printed, framed, and hung in memoriam at the packet pickup the night before the race at the Charleston Civic Center
  • Forever more, the Top Male, Female, and Coed Relay Team awards will now be known as the the "Joni Adams Memorial Relay Award". 

Joni touched so many people’s lives that she will never be forgotten.

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