Mother’s Day Mile takes off Sunday |

Mother’s Day Mile takes off Sunday

Would you walk a mile for … Mom?

Better yet, would you jog a mile for … your sister?

Or, would you run a mile for … your grandmother?

The Mother’s Day Mile, a unique tradition in the local running scene, offers a chance to celebrate Mother’s Day with a healthy run or walk – and support the local Advocate Safehouse Project.

“It’s the most manageable race in town … it’s just a mile!” said race director Nancy Reinisch.

“And it’s for a great cause.”

She said the race has blossomed in popularity from modest beginnings two years ago. This will mark the third annual.

“The whole community can come out and support a great cause,” Reinisch said. “And … anyone can walk a mile!”

She said the annual fun run/walk is a real opportunity to back healthy families in the community.

She said the event also has become popular because the people believe in the cause – the struggle against domestic violence.

And Reinisch said she expects people to return in record numbers to assist the Advocate Safehouse Project.

“And bring your mom,” she added. She said the family atmosphere of the event is a great treat for moms – of all ages.

The annual benefit event is presented by Glenwood Medical Associates.

The race will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, in Glenwood Springs.

The start/finish line is located in front of the new Glenwood Medical Building at 1830 Blake.

The race will be staged in four waves. The first timed wave will be for children 14 and under, starting right at 1p .m.

The second timed wave will be for men and women under 40, starting at 1:15 p.m.

The third timed wave will be for men and women over 40, starting at 1:30 p.m.

The last wave will be non-timed for folks who want to walk, stroll or jog.

Roses will be presented to finishers.

And, of course, the popular Mom’s apple pie post-race treat also is back.

The course again this year will go north on Blake and run right at Highland Park Drive. It will then turn on Bennett to Colorado Mountain College.

The route will go through the CMC parking lot and up toward 13th Street for the mid-block turnaround.

The return part of the course heads south on Blake to the finish line in front of Glenwood Medical.

Two short hills add to the challenge of the timed mile.

Entry fee for the event is $10 per person, in advance, or $35 for a family.

Race-day registration is $12 pre person and $40 per family.

The first 100 to register will receive an etched Advocate Safehouse water glass.

Everyone participating will receive a commemorative water bottle, a finish line rose and a piece of homemade apple pie.

Registration forms are available at Glenwood Medical through the week.

They may be returned to a drop-off box at Glenwood Medical.

In-person registration will be available from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at Glenwood Medical. In-person registration will continue from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 11.

Race-day registration will begin at noon on Sunday, May 13.

The event again this year will feature “Advice from Mom” posters along the race course, provided courtesy of Girls Scout Troupe No. 282.

The Glenwood Springs High School National Honor Society will be out in force to help with the race again this year.

Also this year, there will be a silent auction of Mother’s Day baskets, donated by various community groups.

Previews of the baskets are available at Glenwood Medical Associates and at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

Individuals can bid on the baskets at the race on Sunday.

And, Reinisch added, it’s only a mile – and it’s for a good cause.

“It’s a chance to help eliminate domestic violence in our community,” she added.

For more on the third annual Mother’s Day Mile, telephone the Advocate Safehouse Project at 970-945-2632.

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