Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to register my children?

Children 12 and under are free to participate in the MOM Race, but must be accompanied by a registered parent or guardian. Non-registered children will not receive a commemorative race shirt, official racing bib, or finisher time. If you’d like your child to enjoy the full participant experience, please register them.

Are there other ways to register besides using Eventbrite?

Sorry, we do not offer mail-in or in-person registration. Please register online by Monday, April 30 at 11:59 PM to secure your spot at the 2018 MOM Race!

Do I need a ticket to participate?

Advanced online registration is required for the MOM Race.  After Eventbrite registration closes on 4/30/18, you will be assigned a bib number.  That is your “ticket” into the event.  An email containing bib look up instructions will be sent out the week leading up to the MOM Race.  There will also be a large display board at packet pick-up to look up bib numbers in person. In the rare event that there are problems finding your bib number by last/first name, we can look up your registration using your 9-digit order number included in your Eventbrite confirmation email.

Can my child ride a bicycle or scooter?

Bicycles and scooters are prohibited at the MOM Race due to the many hazards they can pose on the race course, especially when operated by children. If your child is unable to complete the 5K on foot, please consider pushing them in a stroller or pulling them in a wagon. Thank you for your cooperation.

Can I run with a dog or stroller?

Dogs on leashes and jogging strollers are permitted in the MOM Race, but we ask that you please be courteous and line up behind the more competitive runners at the starting line at Cedar & Butternut. Also, please respect our neighbors by cleaning up after your pets on the race course.

What about wheelchair participants?

Persons with disabilities are more than welcome to participate in the MOM Race. Please contact the Race Director if you’re interested in competing via handcycle or need wheelchair assistance. As a courtesy to impacted residents, all MOM Race participants must complete the 5K by 11 AM, or move to the sidewalk, so streets can be reopened.

Are there finisher awards?

The top three overall male and female finishers will be recognized during the awards ceremony and awarded Hansons Running Shop gift certificates. Age group awards will also be issued to the top male and female finishers in each of the following categories: under 15, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over. All winners must be present during the awards ceremony to receive awards.

Can I order a technical t-shirt?

We have received a lot of feedback from participants who LOVE our soft, lightweight, cotton/poly t-shirts. We have experimented with offering upgraded 100% polyester technical t-shirts as part of the registration process but have found them to be cost prohibitive and logistically challenging for our small nonprofit organization to manage.  As such, we will no longer be offering dated technical t-shirts for registrants to choose from.  However, we are looking into offering a limited supply of generic technical t-shirts that would be available for purchase alongside our baby onesies and other MOM merchandise on race day.

What is the MOM Race course record?

We modified our 5K race path and had it recertified by USA Track & Field on April 21, 2016.  Since that time, the fastest recorded male and female finisher times are 16:39 (5:22/mile) set by Scott Smith, age 24, of Warren and 18:31 (5:58/mile) set by Maggie Priebe, age 25, of Ann Arbor.  Both course records were set in 2017.

Is there advanced packet pick-up for the MOM Race?

Yes. For those who are interested, advanced packet pick-up will take place on Friday, May 4th from 5-7 PM at the First Congregational Church of Royal Oak located at 1314 Northwood Blvd, just west of Crooks Rd. Please park in the large lot behind the building, follow MOM Race signs to the main entrance, and proceed to the Social Hall.

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

Yes, it’s ok to send someone else to pick up your MOM Race packet for you.  If you’re planning on picking up other people’s packets, please make sure 1.) they know so they don’t also show up and wait in line and 2.) you look up all associated bib numbers before proceeding to the packet pick-up area.  Jot down the number(s) or snap a pic on your phone. Be prepared to present your driver’s license upon request.  If you’re the captain of a large 20+ person team and would like to pick up all of your teams packets together, please send a request to director@momrace.org by no later than Thursday, May 3. We will have your entire team’s racing bibs, pins, and t-shirts boxed up and ready for your pick up on Fri/Sat.

Help! I missed the registration deadline. Can I still participate?

I’m sorry you missed the deadline to register for the MOM Race. Unfortunately, we cannot process any late registrations. The Monday deadline is in place to give our tiny nonprofit organization time to process more than 1,400 registrations and get everything ready for packet pick-up on Friday and Saturday.  While there’s no way for you to “officially” participate in the 5K run/walk on Saturday, you are welcome to join the official MOM Race cheering section at the start/finish line.  Please arrive by no later than 9:50 AM and park in the neighborhoods surrounding Starr Jaycee Park, e.g., on Butternut or Royal near Cedar Street. Cheer on runners and walkers as we stomp out the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide!  As a spectator, you may purchase raffle tickets and MOM merchandise.  You are also invited to stay for the awards ceremony after the race from 11-12. I know that’s not the answer you were looking for, but I hope you feel welcome at our event. If you’re not already on it, please join our email list to get MOM Race registration reminders. Enter your name and email at the bottom of momrace.org.

What does the weather normally look like for the event?

Weather in Michigan the first weekend in May can be a little unpredictable.  Many MOM Races have been dry, but we have had a few rainy events, or races that have come off the tails of extremely wet weather.  So please do not plan on wearing brand new running shoes, because the walk through Starr Jaycee Park to the start/finish line can be muddy!  Temperatures are generally pretty mild and comfortable for running/walking with historical average highs and lows, of 64 and 43 degrees, respectively.

What is the inclement weather policy for the MOM Race?

In the event of thunder, lightening and/or a torrential downpour on race morning, the start time will be postponed until 10:15 AM in hopes that the weather improves. If inclement weather persists and prevents organizers from putting on a safe MOM Race, the event will be cancelled. Due to upfront expenses, permitting, and other arrangements, no rain-checks or refunds will be issued in the event of cancellation. Thank you for your understanding.