Mother Runner of the Month Award

mother runner of the month

Introducing the #MotherRunner of the Month Award!

Another Mother Runner wouldn't be where it is today without the people that make this tribe unique: YOU.

You inspire, share tips and training advice, cheer and empathize, and motivate your BRF—and plenty of other women—when it seems like nothing else will get her out the door.

To celebrate your beautiful + b*d*ss spirits, AMR is launching a new award: #MotherRunner of the Month.

Every month, we will ask the tribe to nominate either themselves or another #MotherRunner who is deserving of this award. We’ll accept submissions all year long and will announce the winner via a blog post, and on social media. They'll also be a guest on the AMR podcast. 

Perhaps the best part?
Besides being famous on the AMR podcast, blog and social channels, each monthly winner will be entered into a random drawing to win free admission to a 2020 AMR retreat of their choosing.* Yep, you're looking at an 1-in-11 chance to win—or better odds than in Vegas!

*US destinations only. Lo siento but this does not apply to our Mexico retreat!

mother runner of the month

mother runner of the month

What are some of the qualities—and accompanying stories—are we looking for in a #motherrunner of the month?

INSPIRATION: She sparks others to lace up.

CONNECTION: Her nickname might be #motherrunner Pied Piper.

DILIGENCE: She's the type that just.gets.it.done.

GRACE: Her running isn't always lovely, but her attitude is.

B*D*ASSERY: She launches herself out of her comfort zone.

FLEXIBILITY: Her life meanders but her home is always on the road.

CONSISTENCY: Streaks are easy; rest days are torture.

Those are just a few examples of potential #motherrunners of the month. Don't be shy: We're looking for everybody from beginners to BQ'ers to coming-back-from-baby'ers—and feel free to nominate yourself!

Any questions? Happy to help; just email us. We can't wait to read all of the submissions!

XO,
Dimity + Sarah

February 2019: Gina Halvorson

We’re thrilled today to announce our first winner of the Mother Runner of the Month: Gina Halvorson of Lockport, Illinois. Gina, a 35-year-old mother of two who works in recruiting, started running in January of 2018, truly fell in love with the sport, and is about to take on her first half-marathon.

When we told her about her award, she wrote back, “Running has honestly been such a game changer for me, so the more I can talk about it and network with other runners, I am happy to do so!”

Read more about her story here!

March 2019: Julia Miller

Congrats to our second Mother Runner of the Month: Julia Miller of Madison, Wisconsin. Julia, an (almost) 43-year-old mother of three has run 21 half-marathons and six marathons and is also an AMR BAMRbassador.

But that's not why her running + karate friend, Danielle, nominated her: "Why I feel she is truly deserving and such a rare breed is her vulnerability. She talks about her sucky choices and acknowledges her impressive milestones and wins. When I hear or read about her rough weeks, it normalizes my tough weeks and encourages me to accept my past and move forward. It happens to all of us, but she is real about it. She is a badass, and a mother, and a runner, and a martial artist, and a role model of mine."

Read more about her story here!

April 2019: Rachel Pieh Jones

Congrats to our third Mother Runner of the Month: Rachel Pieh Jones, who currently lives in Djibouti, Djibouti.

Rachel, a 41-year-old mother of learned to love running in Djibouti and realized that not only is running a great ex-pat activity, it gave her the courage to start Girls Run 2, an amazing program that helps local girls run, race, and get an education, while also developing character and building community.

"I love the way running has rooted me to this place. I know the streets, the buildings and the shade they cast, the desert, the ocean, the sunrise, the heat, the call to prayer from the various mosques, the neighbors. I know the distances and the potholes, the effect of temperatures, the faces of others out early in the morning, the wild parrots, the scent of jasmine in the springtime. Running has imprinted Djibouti into my very bones."

Read more about her story here!

May 2019: Hilary Rasmussen + Jen-Fisker Anderson

When Hilary Rasmussen wrote in to nominate Jen-Fisker Anderson, her BRF (best running friend), we had to pause because it felt like these Seattle-based BRFs, long-time runners who are both moms to neurodiverse kids, both deserved the award. We're sure you'll agree!

"Jen and I met at church about 8 years ago. I didn't really know anyone else there. Thankfully somehow Jen and I somehow connected, discovered we both liked running and talked about it ad nauseam.

In 2015, I asked Jen if she could fill a spot on a team I was running with that summer—and the rest is history."

Read more about their story here!

June 2019: Sarah Moore-Noakes

Sarah was nominated by her sister Judith. "Sarah's the one who got me running," says Judith, "and I know I’m not the only one. Plus, around the time she turned 40, she discovered she has a genetic heart disorder. She travels with an AED and writes 'shock me if I'm down' on the back of all her bibs!"

Sarah: "I was formally diagnosed with Longs QT Syndrome three days before I was scheduled to run in a relay marathon. It was one of those moments where everything changed and nothing changed at all.

Running that race and not dying got me over a huge mental obstacle. But I'd be lying if I said I don't still think about it all the time and make all sorts of mental calculations about my runs."

Read more about her story here!

July 2019: Clara Ashwood

Clara Ashwood, our July recipient, embodies the maternal instinct in so many ways. Not only is Clara, 41, a preschool program director and teacher at Summers-Knoll School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but she also runs a mile twice a week before school with all interested students, and organizes the school's annual 5K. Plus, she works at Running Fit and is a mom to Houdini, a 12-year-old beagle who still likes to run with her occasionally.

In her nomination, her co-worker and friend Rachel recounted Clara's deep enthusiasm for the sport and the running family, adding, "On a personal level, she is also a dear friend who constantly celebrates my victories and supports me when the runs get hard or when I am hurt."

Read more about her story here!

August 2019: Amy Landes

Amy Landes, a nurse and mother of three kids (ages 24, 21, and 19) in St. Louis, Missouri, was nominated by her older sister, Melanie.

"In May of 2018, my sister set a new PR in the Illinois Marathon, winning the master’s division in 3:03.35. She was 46," Melanie wrote, "Three months later, she stopped running, and entered recovery for a 15-year eating disorder. She courageously faced her disease—and gave up her beloved activity of running—because she knew she needed to be a mother first, and that continuing her disorder was killing her.

Amy exemplifies courage, strength, and a driving love for her children, making her the #motherrunner I admire most."

We reached out to Melanie to make sure Amy was ok with talking publically about her illness, and despite a recent relapse, she was.

Read more about her story here!

September 2019: Alli Leatherman

Alli nominated herself for the award ("One of my words for 2019 is brave,"), and once we read more, we knew we had to share her perspective.
"I believe in the power of movement. It goes beyond the physical benefits. We #motherrunners talk about it all the time: the mental boost, the feeling like we are the best version of ourselves when we run," she says, "And the idea that something transcends the physical is the heart of art. The power of good art is so much more than the physical parts that make it up. When we move, we are changed. When we are changed, we inspire others to change!"

Read more about her story here!

October 2019: Laurel Short

Valerie, a fellow Kansas City #motherrunner, nominated Laurel after the two met at the kick-off for Race Like a Mother: Kansas City.

"We made plans to do our long training runs together, and I was hopeful to have a marathoner help me, the novice. We kept in touch with each other and our training via text through the summer, and when the longer runs popped on the schedule, Laurel appeared like an angel," says Valerie, "She checked out routes for us and set up meeting points. She coached me through the long runs (and the long, humid 20-miler that almost had me in tears), and she was there on race day, too, with her upbeat attitude and contagious smile. Her reassuring words via texts, after a training run and during the marathon carried me to the finish line."

Read more about her story here!

November 2019: Kim Frick

Debra Helfand, a fellow BAMR, nominated Kim.

Check out Debra's testimonial to Kim's contagiousness:

I first met Kim when she was visiting New York City in the fall of 2018; we met up for a humid run in Central Park. I ran NYC in 2017 and had no plans to ever run another marathon, but Kim talked me into running the 2019 Chicago Marathon, which was incredible.  For 2020, Kim and Lucy and I are going to run the Bayshore Marathon together in May, and in September, Kim and I are running Berlin. It's been so much fun training alongside her, even though we're thousands of miles apart.

So yeah, I went from one-and-done to two marathons in a single year. That’s how infectious Kim’s enthusiasm is. The real miracle, though, is how she has inspired me to come out of my introvert’s shell to put myself out there in the BAMR community and take on these adventures.

If you’d told me 8 years ago when I first started running that I would be traveling the world to run, I wouldn’t have believed you.

Read more about her story here!

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