Inaugural Mommathon 5k, 10k & Fitness Challenge
- 8:35 – 8:50 yoga warmup
- 9 am 10K run starts
- 9:15 5K run/walk starts
- 9:45 - 10:30 Fitness Challenge stations open
- 9:15 - 11:00 Kid Zone open
- 10:30 Kid’s Runs
Events and prices:
- 5k $30 (optional fitness challenge included)
- 10k $35 (optional fitness challenge included)
- Kids races (1/4 and 1/2 mi) $10 for medal
- Virtual race $20 (includes medal)
Location: Liberty High School; Hillsboro, OR
Beneficiary: A portion of the proceeds will benefit Girls on the Run - Portland.
Swag: Medals for *ALL* participants, made by the same company that makes Uberthons' spectacular medals. They were gorgeous, hefty, and had coordinating ribbons. Each participant also received a goody bag which included a few snacks, a small container of bubbles, and race fliers. There were lots of raffle prizes and age division awards. Mostly, I was excited about the post-event snacks and the fitness expo--lots of good vendors, a few handed out freebies!
Course: Check out the route here. 5k route, 10k does the route twice. Entirely paved roads; slight changes of elevation. It's an out, loop, and back.
Results: Click here for results. Much to my surprise, I placed third in my age group!
Recaps: Check out Run Oregon blogger recap by Tung!
Other notes: There was no bag check due to parking being so close to the start/finish. There was plenty of parking. The entire event was held outdoors.
I arrived fairly early so I would have time to pick up my packet (which only took a few moments, thanks to the lovely volunteers), take my stuff back to the car, and use the restrooms at the stadium. It was a beautifully clear and sunny morning, and almost perfect temperature for race day. I hung out with fellow Run Oregon blogger Robin and some other running friends as we waited for things to get going. At 8:35, I joined in on the yoga warmup, which lasted about fifteen minutes, then moved toward the starting line area.
The course was an out and back with a loop in the middle. For the 10k, you had to cross the finish line, and then turn around and do it again, which was a little different, but seemed to work out fine logistically. The route was only partially closed to traffic and there were a few speedy cars on the course, although I found out from race official Robin that it was supposed to be entirely closed to traffic. There were plenty of volunteers on the course directing traffic, as well as two ladies who were the "finish line fairies"--they were the last people on the course, making sure that everyone finished, and that no one would be last, which I thought was a cute idea. While I' pretty slow right now compared to where I was last year, I was excited to place in my age division (YAY SMALLER RACES!). After I crossed the finish line, I received a very nice and hefty Mommathon snowflake medal.
The after-race party was fantastic. Seriously, there was so much to do! There were TONS of snacks after the event: KIND bars, oranges, bananas, nut butter, granola bars, Somersalts, and more, in abundance. No one was in danger of going hungry! There was a kids area, with a coloring/craft table, rice table, and bouncy house. There was live music. There were fitness challenges. There were tons of vendor booths. And it was just a beautiful day to be hanging out outside!
This was a really lovely event for a worthwhile cause (part of the proceeds were donated to Girls on the Run), and I would love to do it again. It's definitely family and guy friendly, even if they don't run in any of the events.