Happy Mother's Day Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!!
Yesterday, my mom and I participated in the Annual Mother's Day 5K at the Summit County Metroparks. This was our second year participating and it's turned into a fun Mother's Day tradition for us.
What to Expect at the Summit County Metroparks Mother's Day 5K
Over the years, I've participated in countless road races and I am extremely impressed with how organized this event is. In addition to being very organized, the metroparks add in some unique touches to make the event special for Moms.
Activities Before the Race
Prior to the start of the race, there are buckets of chalk available so people can write encouraging messages to the runners and moms participating in the event. Young kids, family members and the runners had fun creating the sidewalk art drawings!
There are also sign making stations set up near the starting line, complete with poster boards, markers and stickers so onlooker could make signs to cheer on the runners.
During the Run
Nearly 600 people participated in the 2013 Mother's Day 5K. Most of the runners and walkers were female, but there were still quiet a few men out there as well.
I especially like that there are so many different levels of runners and walkers that participate in this event, including experienced runners, families walking together, moms and dad's pushing children in jogging strollers, and young kids running alongside their moms.
The 3.1 mile course takes runners on a two loop course around the beautiful lake at Monroe Falls Metropark. The greenery, woods and serene lake made for a peaceful view during the run.
The Summit County Mascot was out on the course cheering runners on and giving everyone high fives as they ran by.
I especially liked the sign he was holding near the 2 1/2 mile mark. It was the perfect encouragement!
Post Race Activities
At the end of the race, there was a fully stocked food table where runners could grab complimentary sub sandwiches, granola bars, raisins and bananas to help refuel after the run. Water bottles were also provided as the runners crossed the finish line.
After all the runners/walkers crossed the finish line, they handed out the awards to the overall winners and to the top three winners from each age group. The winners each received a special engraved brick to take home and their names will be placed on the paved sidewalk at Monroe Falls Metro Parks along with the winners from the previous years race.
Overall, the race is extremely well organized, has many unique features and is a fun way to celebrate mother's day. I'm already looking forward to next years event!
What did you do to celebrate Mother's Day this year?