By Trebor Britt
More than 350 participants of all ages gathered on spectacular Siesta Beach for the sixth annual "Great Mother's Day Race". This delightful race brought entire families together to honor or remember their moms by running, jogging or even walking the 3.1 mile/5K distance.
Snowbird, Mary Ann Jones of Williamsville, NY, with granddaughter Caroline Hobson (18) soon to attend UCF and daughter Deborah Hobson of Nokomis excited to make family history. This is the first time these three generations have run together.
Everyone registered received free race pictures, a dry fit T-shirt, a metal, and a goodie bag. Prizes were awarded for the top finishers in all age groups. Sponsors for this year's race included, Crunch Fitness, Tampa Bay Ultimate, Tijuana Flats, Fit to Run and Premier Photo Booth. Co-race director, Claire Selius said, "We are very happy to bring the community together here on Siesta Key and it's just a beautiful place to bring your family in the morning."
Dan Condell of Crunch Fitness leading the enthusiastic pre-race warmup and stretch. He is their personal training manager and injury prevention specialist. Crunch Fitness is a race sponsor.
THEY’RE OFF! More than 350 enthusiastic participants leave the starting line for this year’s Great Mother’s Day 5K Race. Women make up about 75% of those registered. Several men run to honor their moms.
Co-race director, Claire Selius proudly displaying this year’s Great Mother’s Day Race medal awarded to all participants.
First time volunteers, Abby Daunt (16) of Sarasota and Katherine Polaski (16) of Bradenton. Both volunteered because of their commitment to their high school Key Club. Abby is the Vice President and Katherine is the Treasurer.