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Best Mother Runner Moments of 2016: It Takes a Village

One of the most momentous elements of running is the peer support. Mothers by nature are cheerleaders, so it makes perfect sense that BAMRs seek each other out for dark o'clock runs, loops around the neighborhood, or even 30 minutes side by side on the treadmill. When you get enough volume, it can overcome infinite amounts of inertia (or busy schedules and excuses). We get out there together! Stacey, Katie, and Valerie prove that running is a group sport, after all, with their best Mother Runner moments of 2016.

 

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"I had an injury-filled year that included $300+ in DNS entry fees! After not running for all of July & August, I put myself back together by the end of October to run the Naperville Half marathon as a charity runner for my school district's educational foundation (IPEF). I also served as the Marathon committee chair working with the executive director to coordinate and motivate the 255 charity runners that we had. YES, 150 teachers and 100+ parents signed up to run the half or full for their kids' schools (we are a 29,000 student school district).
"I convinced the director to run her first ever half marathon and said that I would pace her to a strong finish. I also agreed to carry a stick the entire time that said TEAM IPEF as part of our Spirit Squad Initiative. 18 schools set up cheer stations along the course competing for a $500 prize grant. My stick was their sign to really bring it. It was my slowest half marathon (of 30+) but probably one of the most fulfilling races I have ever finished. We finished in 2:15 including negative splits with mile 13 as our fastest (and I will take full credit for fabulous pacing!).
"The above photo shows L-R women in yellow: school board member, parent, teacher, executive director and then me holding my sign—all mother runners!
"I could go on for days about this experience but this charity group has gone from 32 runners the first year to 255 the 3rd year at a race that only draws about 4000 total.  This year we raised $170,000 for the foundation which all goes directly back to support individual school initiatives and district-wide programming.  Kids+education+running = does it get any better?" —Mother Runner Stacey
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"Seven mothers in suburban Boston (Needham) on a long training run leading up to the Boston Athletic Association half marathon this fall. We met Saturday mornings at 7:30, leaving our collective 15 kids to have fun with their dads while we set a great example for them about setting goals and achieving them with the support of others." —Mother Runner Katie

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"Yesterday I participated once again in what has become my favorite race of the year. Sebastian Rosado is a disabled young man who was denied entry into a 5k race a couple of years ago because of the amount of time it would take him to complete it. Instead of giving up, he decided to make his own race and started a race called Run It, Walk It or Wheel It, into which athletes of all abilities are welcome to participate. All the funds from race entries go to a charity established by his family that sponsors a summer camp for children with disabilities.

"For the first two years he was able to complete only a portion of the course and last year, he became the first person with quadriparesis to successfully complete a 5k course. It took him more than five hours. This year, he cut that time down to 3:15. Talk about a PR!

"I have been a part of his entourage for the last three years and it is always an honor and an inspiration to walk beside such a determined athlete." —Mother Runner Valerie

Did you hang with a crew this year? Get inspired by your BRFs? Tell your story below.

One response to “Best Mother Runner Moments of 2016: It Takes a Village

  1. I said this very thing as I prepared to run Big Sur in the spring. Because there wasn’t a whole lot of running at all! I had terrible PF and consulted sports medicine–I was determined to line up for my bucket list race. She told me she’d get me there. Between her and my strength coach, I was well prepared to run those hills with some very creative training. Pool running, indoor cycling on the trainer, and lots of time in the gym were all the bulk of my training. I finally was able to get some miles in at the end of my training cycle, but my “long run” was 12 miles. I wouldn’t recommend training for a marathon like this, but it wasn’t my first marathon and I had one goal: to finish. With my VRF Kristina at my side for the entire race, I did it! It was a sweet victory! It does take a village!

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