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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 4,000 people together and raised $120,000 for local brain research, suicide prevention programming, and crisis intervention services.

2014 MOM Race Overview

The MOM Race is a USATF-certified 5K run/walk for mental health awareness and suicide prevention in Royal Oak, Michigan. Please join us at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 3 for the 9th Annual MOM Race, benefiting The University of Michigan Depression Center, KnowResolve, and Common Ground.

The residential road 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

April 15

End of mail-in registration, online registration increases by $5

April 18

Last day to sign up to become a business sponsor

April 27

Online registration closes at midnight

May 2

Last-chance registration at Community Choice Credit Union from 6-8:30 PM.  Please note there will be no same-day registration this year.

May 3

9th Annual MOM Race!  The 5K run/walk will start promptly at 10 AM from the south side of Starr Jaycee Park.

Recent Blog Posts

The MOM Race is less than a month away!

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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...
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KnowResolve Presentations at ROHS

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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...

Glow-in-the-Dark Minigolf Fundraiser

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You're invited to a MOM pre-race fundraiser this Sunday, March 30 from 3-5 PM at Glowgolf in Sterling Heights, MI. Glowgolf is located inside Lakeside Mall, on the upper level...

Welcome to Our New Site

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I am pleased to announce the launch of our new MOM website and my new Race Direcor blog. I hope both will help provide Mind Over Matter followers with up-to-date...

"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