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MDM race all about moms

It’s all about mom and apple pie.

Add in the rose at the finish line of the annual Mother’s Day Mile and the recipe is complete for the perfect homage to Mom.

The fourth annual Mother’s Day Mile is on again Sunday, offering the perfect opportunity to hang out with Mom and break a sweat in the process.



“The race offers competitive athletes a great mile `time trial’ to begin their spring training program,” race organizer Nancy Reinisch said in a release.

“And it offers recreational folks a chance to get out and have some healthy fun. It gives everyone a chance to support moms.”



The event, which drew over 450 participants last year, benefits the Advocate Safehouse Project and starts at 1 p.m. in the Glenwood Medical Associates lower parking lot (1830 Blake Ave.). The course heads East on Highland Park Drive, then head North on Bennett Avenue before looping back at 13th street to GMA via Blake Street.

Every finisher receives a rose, and homemade apple pie will be served following the race.

While the event caters to athletes of every level, the competitive field should be solid.

“We have a lot of returning competitors this year, including several who plan to defend their titles,” Reinisch said. “Jeannie Driskill has been the winning great-grandma for the past three years and Charlie Wertheim has won two of the last three years in the overall male. In addition, rumor has it we may see some competition from returning local college athletes – coach permitting.”

That rumored college athlete could be Chas Salmen, Reinisch’s son, who competed for Duke University this year.

The overall fastest male and female receive a bouquet of a dozen roses and the winner of each age group will receive an etched vase and flower.

The preregistration fee is $12 per person or $40 for a family entry. Preregistration is being held at the Glenwood Medical Associates today from 1-5 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Race-day registration is $15 per person or $50 for a family.


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