Mother’s Day Mile inspires local mom |

Mother’s Day Mile inspires local mom

A few years ago Denise Reinarz didn’t know very much about the Advocate Safehouse Project, or about the valuable service that it provides to victims of domestic violence.

She was working as a manager in Glenwood Springs when she hired a new employee. As the woman settled into the new position, the two became friends.

After a few months, Reinarz noticed signs of physical abuse on her new friend and employee. She had heard about the Advocate Safehouse and decided to mention it.

The woman went to the Safehouse and, through counseling, realized that she was in an abusive relationship and found that she had a way out. With the help of Advocate Safehouse staff, the woman and her children broke away from the abuser and are now healthy and safe.

This connection is what first inspired Reinarz to sign up for the Mother’s Day Mile in 2001. It is a unique one-mile run/walk held Mother’s Day as a benefit for the Advocate Safehouse Project.

When Reinarz realized her own mother was going to be in town for the race, she knew she wanted to have her whole family participate. Reinarz’ mother, Beverly Meier, is 70 and lives in Ely, Minn. She visits Colorado yearly to see her daughter, granddaughter Betsy Abbott and great-granddaughter Claudia, almost 2.

So last year, all four generations of women lined up and walked the race together.

“We had a great time,” Reinarz recalled. “It really meant a lot to me to have us all do it together.

“Looking back to some difficult times when I was growing up, I realized that Mom could have used a place like the Advocate Safehouse. But there just weren’t any resources like it available then. For people who need it, it can be a lifesaver,” she added.

Reinarz’ mother won’t be in town in time for the race this year, but the other three generations of Reinarz women will walk the course, collect their roses and enjoy pie together.

“The Advocate Safehouse is such a great cause that it really inspires us,” said Abbott. “It’s not very often that you get to do something with three or four generations together. We’re really looking forward to it,” she added.

Glenwood Medical Associates is the race sponsor and the location of the start/finish line and all activities. Families can run, walk, push a stroller or a wheelchair. There are competitive, timed waves and nontimed waves.

Race entry is $10 per person and $35 per family ($12 and $40 on race day). Spring plants and rose bouquets will award the age group and overall winners.

“What sets this event apart from others are the little details,” said race director and Safehouse board member Nancy Reinisch.

“Every participant receives a finish-line rose and a slice of homemade apple pie, just like Mom used to make. We’ll have a silent auction of gift baskets, musical entertainment, and kid’s activities like face painting and crafts,” she said.

The Advocate Safehouse Mother’s Day Mile is Sunday, May 12.

The first race starts at 1 pm. Entrants may pre-register at Glenwood Medical Associates, 1830 Blake Ave. Packet pick-up and registration continues from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Racers can also register at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

For information, call the Advocate Safehouse at 945-2632, ext. 101.

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