Be in the Know: Run Like A Mother

Spend this Mother’s Day on the sidelines cheering her on.

Run Like a Mother (RLAM) is a 5K women-only race that takes place this Mother’s Day. The race is designed to empower women through training programs and online communities, and has grown quickly during its short existence.

The race was founded in 2008 by Ridgefield, Conn., resident Megan Searfoss to celebrate and empower women. Created and inspired by women, RLAM represents one day a year when children and husbands are able to cheer on their mothers and wives from the sidelines.

RLAM’s mission is to support women in their effort to improve their health and wellness. As the group’s motto says, RLAM “Isn’t Just a Race, It’s Our Way of Life.” Seeing as how participation grew from 400 runners in 2008 to more than 1,000 in 2010, this way of life must be working for some women.

Searfoss, a certified personal trainer, added the kids’ race and a training program in 2009. Since then, the race has expanded to include many other cities around the U.S. The courses for the 5K and the Kids’ 1-Mile are listed online.

An RLAM race from 2009.

In addition to these races, RLAM’s online community has inspired a virtual race. Runners can create their own run with their friends for $19.95, which includes a 6-week training program and an official RLAM race day T-shirt. The point of the virtual race is for participants to get together on the RLAM website and Facebook page to support one another.

Make sure you attend the post-race party too, as there will be food and refreshments, fun activities for the kids and cool products and services from the race’s sponsors.

Who: All women—especially moms—are encouraged to attend what is sure to be a lively event this Mother’s Day.

When: The 5K is on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, and begins at 9 a.m. The Kids’ 1-Mile race begins at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Warren G. Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way NE).

How much: Registration for the 5K is $40 and the Kids’ 1-Mile race is $15. Be sure to register soon, as it closes Wednesday, May 9 at midnight.