South Tampa News
Great Mother’s Day Race promotes family fitness
For mothers who want to burn off the calories before brunch, the second annual Great Mother’s Day Race will take place rain or shine May 12 at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Ave.,Tampa. Claire Selius, one of the race directors, said the goal is to get families exercising with each other. “Our No. 1 goal has always been to give families an opportunity to set healthy goals for themselves, and find a way to achieve them together,” Selius said. “We believe we can do that through the Great Mother's Day Race in May, and also the Great Father's Day Race in June.” Selius said she and her co-director R.J. Huebert each promote healthy lifestyles.Huebert played ice hockey for 10 years and has run multiple marathons, while Selius played college volleyball and has been playing competitive ultimate Frisbee for 8 years. “We started the 5K run/walk to create a unique, family-friendly event that focuses on health and wellness, plus competition,” Selius said. “We want the Tampa Bay community to get off the couch, get moving, and create lasting memories together. Giving back to the community has also motivated us. We partnered with the Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, and are very proud to showcase them. They do amazing work for the foster children in our area.” Registered participants will receive a free T-shirt and the event includes official race or chip timing. Participants may pick up their 5K race packet, goodie bag and T-shirt at the registration table on May 12 starting at 8 a.m. at Al Lopez Park. Snacks and beverages will be provided before and after the race. Selius said although she isn’t a parent yet, she believes in leading by example. “We are still relatively young and neither of us currently have children, but we love our mothers dearly and want to do exciting things with them so that we’ll have lasting memories,” she said. “It all starts with being active and staying healthy. … If children see their parents out exercising and trying to improve their life through fitness, they will hopefully follow their lead.” She said they welcome jogging strollers and children of all ages. Children under 7 may run for free. “Our atmosphere is exciting and uplifting,” she said. “The families that ran last year had a blast.” For more information, email Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org or Claire.email@example.com.