Runner's World online edition features story on Kanawha County runner who died in floods

Runner's World online edition features a story on Joni Adams, a retired Kanawha County teacher who died in the floods. (WCHS/WVAH)

A national running publication has a story about a retired Kanawha County teacher and dedicated runner who was killed in floodwaters in Elkview.

Runner's World magazine's online edition features a story about Joni Adams. Adams, 60, died along with her friend as they were trying to retrieve some of her father's West Virginia University memorabilia from the basement of a home in Elkview.

Friends and supporters have organized several events to pay tribute to Adams. On Tuesday, about 200 runners, walkers and bikers gathered at the University of Charleston for an unofficial 5K and fundraiser to remember Adams.

Cash donations from the 5K raised more than $3,500 that was donated to the Kanawha Charleston animal shelter in memory of Adams, who loved animals. Participants also donated shoes to help Robert's Running and Walking Shop, which is organizing a drive to collect shoes for flood victims. The goal of gathering 500 pairs of shoes has been surpassed with about 2,000 pairs of shoes donated so far.

Adams was a longtime member of the Charleston Distance Run Committee and ran the 15-miler event 40 times.

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