Thanks to everyone who supported the

13th Annual MOM Race

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. Since its inception in 2006, the MOM Race has raised $350,000 for local brain research, suicide prevention programming, and crisis intervention services. Proceeds from the 2018 MOM Race were proudly donated to The University of Michigan Depression Center, KnowResolve, and Common Ground to further cutting-edge brain research and suicide prevention initiatives. Mind Over Matter is also working to restart the Royal Oak SAFE Suicide Prevention Taskforce as early as 2019.

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 2019 Dates

January 7

Online registration opens for the 2019 MOM Race!

March 1

Early bird registration ends, rates increase by $5

April 10

Last day to apply for MOM Race sponsorship.  There are four levels available ranging from $250 to $1,000 to meet a variety of budgets and marketing needs. 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 29

Last day to register for the 2019 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 4

14th 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, family-friendly neighborhoods.

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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 ten 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

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

I lost both of my parents and my uncle to suicide. It has been a whirlwind but I am constantly looking to the future and guiding myself through the multiple stages of grief. The MOM Race gives my family a chance to come together and remind ourselves that we are not alone and we can continue to support those who are suffering. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Andrea DeBusschere, Troy, MI

This was my first year participating in the MOM Race with Team Tiger in honor of my cousin, Larry (Tiger) Dunn. Fantastic course, an overall well-organized, fun event.... and for such a noble cause. I will definitely be participating annually from here on out!

Patrick LaGory, Plymouth, 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

This was our first year doing this race after my Dad took his life last year. Next year we will back in full force with a large team supporting all those that have lost a loved one, but mainly for our Dad! It will be an annual tradition for our family now! The support was astronomical! So glad we found you.

Sarah Feldpausch, Dewitt, MI