In honor of moms everywhere, Run Like A Mother is a 5k that’s all about making moms feel special. Below, Race Director Chris Ponteri tells us a bit about this year’s race and why you should consider joining in the fun, whether you are a mom yourself, are running with your mom or are racing in honor of your mom!
For race specifics, see our Featured Races page.
Can you start off by telling us a bit about Run Like A Mother? How many years has the race been run in Milwaukee?
It is a 5k run/walk with mothers in mind. Since it’s held on Mother’s Day, we like to pamper mothers (and all finishers) and make them feel special. This is the 5th year. The first two years were held at Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa, then it moved to Veterans Park at the lakefront, and now the race will be back at Hoyt Park. I feel like the Tosa location is much better for an event like this. It just seems like the right home for us.
What makes this race different/unique? Is it true only women can run the race?
It’s open to everyone, but we usually see about 99% of the participants being females. All finishers get a flower and a medal, which is something you typically don’t see in a 5k race. And the shirts are very high quality.
Tell us a bit about the race location and course – and do you have any course tips for runners hoping to run a fast time at the race?
The race starts in Hoyt Park and heads to the Oak Leaf Trail where there is an out-and-back, and then it finishes where it started. I would consider it a fast course since there aren’t too many turns and it’s fairly flat.
What about the training plans offered on the race website – what types of plans are offered and who might they benefit?
Our running store partner – Performance Running Outfitters – is offering a training program to get beginners ready for their first 5k. You can find more information about this on our website or by contacting the Brookfield location.
Are there overall and/or age group prizes?
We will give awards to the top three overall finishers and have plenty of age group prizes.
What do participants get with their race entry?
Everyone gets a nice bag and a very high quality shirt. Finishers get a medal and a flower.
Can you tell us a bit about this year’s nonprofit partner?
Our partner is the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation again this year. They do great work and are very supportive of local running events. We are happy to have them back.
Thanks for chatting with us, Chris!
Run Like A Mother is generously providing a race entry for one Keep Running MKE reader. To enter to win, answer the following question in the comments section:
What’s one thing you learned from Mom?
Best of luck to all who enter! We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, March 30.
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