Celebrate Mother’s Day the fit and healthy Portland way. This May 13, the city is hosting it’s second annual Run Like A Mother Race (RLMR), a 5-kilometer, women-only run that will also be happening in nine other cities across the US. Complementing this fitness activity for the mothers is a one-mile run for kids.
The runs will start at 8 o’ clock (kids) and 8:30 (adults) in the morning from the World Trade Center on 121 SW Salmon Street, near the waterfront area.
There is a registration fee of $40 for women and $15 for the kids. Since there is no race day registration, interested parties have to signify their interest to join by May 9 noontime. Race packets will be available at the Foot Traffic store outlets in downtown Portland and Sellwood.
The post-race party tops off the fun with food and refreshments, fun activities for the kids and products and services from sponsors.
Women’s journey to health and wellness
With its cadre of active, outdoorsy women, Portland was one of the first two expansion cities (the other was Naperville, Illinois) chosen by the RLMR organizers. The race first kicked off 2008 in Ridgefield, Connecticut when a personal trainer named Megan Searfoss thought of creating an event where women runners in her community, both the novice and expert, can participate.
To help runners — even those who had never ran before — to be at their best form on race day, RLMR offers a 6 week training program in preparation for the event. For a minimal fee, Megan and her volunteer trainers lead novice, beginner, intermediate and advanced training workouts at local high school tracks. Women can train on their own as well before the event.
There is also an affiliated physical fitness and skills program called Girls on the Run of Portland Metro for girls in the city’s 3rd to 5th grade schools.
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