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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 brought thousands of people together to celebrate life, strengthen community, and raise $250,000 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.

Important Dates

February 1

Online registration for the 2017 MOM Race opens!

March 1

Early bird registration ends, rates increase by $5

April 10

Last day to sign up to become a 2017 MOM Race business sponsor! All donations made to Mind Over Matter are tax-exempt under IRS 501(c)(3).

April 15

Last day to pre-register and guarantee yourself a commemorative MOM Race T-shirt.

May 4

Last day to register for the 2017 MOM Race!  Online registration will close at 11:59 PM EST.

May 6

12th 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.

One week left to register for the 2017 MOM Race and here are the current team standings:

Team Tiger - 71
Team Jennifer - 59
Remembering Catherine - 47
Remembering Ryan - 40
Runnin' for Peace - 35

Just a reminder that the winner of the Team Participation Challenge will be determined by the total number of 5K finishers, not registrants. Thank you to all the teams who've registered for the MOM Race. As champions for this often unspoken cause, you are all winners!!
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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 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