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Mental Health Awareness & Suicide Prevention



The MOM mission is simple:

To erase the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide, provide hope, and raise funds for life-saving programs. Since its inception in 2006, the MOM Race has raised more than $300,000 for local brain research, suicide prevention programming, and crisis intervention services. Proceeds from the upcoming MOM Race will further vital programs and initiatives at The University of Michigan Depression Center, KnowResolve, and Common Ground.

MOM Race Overview

The MOM Race is a USATF-certified 5K run/walk for mental health awareness and suicide prevention that takes place in Royal Oak, MI the first Saturday in May each year. Proceeds benefit The University of Michigan Depression Center, KnowResolve, and Common Ground.

The race starts/ends at Starr Jaycee Park and features professional B-tag timing, age group awards, plentiful refreshments, raffle prizes, live music, and more. MOM stands for “Mind Over Matter.” If your life has been touched by mental illness or suicide, or you are just looking to participate in a 5K for a good cause, you’ve come to the right place. Learn more about our story.

Important Dates

January 15

Online registration for the 2018 MOM Race opens!

March 1

Early bird registration ends, rates increase by $5

April 10

Last day to apply for MOM Race sponsorship.  All donations made to Mind Over Matter are tax-exempt under IRS 501(c)(3).

April 16

Basic registration ends, rates increase by $5. Last-chance registrants are not guaranteed their requested T-shirt/size, but we’ll make every effort to ensure no one goes home empty handed.

April 30

Last day to register for the 2018 MOM Race!  Online registration will close at 11:59 PM EST. Sorry, no in-person registration. If you miss the opportunity to participate in the 5K, please consider joining our cheering section!

May 5

13th Annual MOM Race!  The 5K run/walk will start at 10 AM from the south side of Starr Jaycee Park and take participants on a journey through some of Royal Oak’s most beautiful neighborhoods.

The MOM Race is a great fundraiser that I would recommend to anyone looking for their own unique way to pitch in and make a difference. The staff is top notch, the event is extremely well organized, and everyone who participates definitely rallies together in the spirit of the occasion!

Guy Kebbe, Macomb Township, MI

I have been volunteering for the MOM Race for five years now. It is so rewarding to be a part of something supporting mental health and great to witness how the event has grown over the years. The 5K is very well run and a great way to spend a spring morning!

Laurie Falcon, Royal Oak, MI

The MOM race is about tenacity... refusing to be powerless in the wake of suicide and/or mental illness and doing something positive and proactive to make a difference. That's the definition of mind over matter.

Audra Quinn, Los Angeles, CA

I have walked and volunteered for the MOM race since its inception. The cause is so worthy and the course is beautiful. To support this wonderful organization on a beautiful May morning is a labor of love. Thumbs up MOM!

Grace Safko, Waterford, MI

The MOM Race is a wonderful way to connect with others dealing with the same situation -- a wonderful support group, and a place to be able to share without being judged. It is also a way for me to honor and remember my son in a beautiful manner.

Maureen DuJardin, Dearborn, MI

Volunteering for the MOM Race is one small way I can help ease the grief many of us have had to endure. When I am at the crossroads, at a water station, or near the finish line and see all the runners/walkers, I know that none of us are alone or immune to the effects of mental distress.

Tom Hill, Clawson, MI