Please join us for the

for Mental Health Awareness & Suicide Prevention



The MOM mission is simple:

To erase the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide, provide hope, and raise funding for life-saving programs. To date, the MOM Race has brought more than 5,000 people together and raised over $150,000 for local brain research, suicide prevention programming, and crisis intervention services.

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.

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August 28, 2014 in Articles, Other

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July 17, 2014 in Events

2014 MOM Check Presentation

Please join me in downtown Royal Oak next Monday, 7/21 at 7:30 PM for the MOM check presentation. The presentation will take on the 3rd floor of City Hall at... Read More
April 4, 2014 in Other

The MOM Race is less than a month away!

So register now and reserve your spot at the 9th Annual MOM Race on Saturday, May 3.  We are expecting another unforgettable event and would love to see you there. Not... Read More
March 30, 2014 in Other

KnowResolve Presentations at ROHS

Are you a parent, educator, or just curious about the KnowResolve suicide prevention programs made possible by MOM Race funding? If so, please join me on Tuesday, April 1 from 9-11 AM... Read More

"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