The 2019 MOM Race raised another $60,000 for local brain research and suicide prevention programming!

We had a sunny day and a record-setting 1,570 registrants for the 14th Annual MOM Race on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Starr Jaycee Park. We also had the support of more than 60 volunteers, 65 teams, 100 businesses, and 195 donors. The 2019 MOM Race raised another $60,000 for local brain research and suicide prevention programming! While nothing can bring our loved ones back, it’s incredible what we can accomplish when we unite to give mental illness and suicide the attention they deserve. That’s Mind Over Matter!


Male Open Winners

Ryan Walker, 37, Bloomfield Hills, MI
19:10 (6:11/mile)
Christopher Pennisi, 45, Royal Oak, MI
19:16 (6:13/mile)
Christopher Pokladek, 28, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
19:34 (6:19/mile)

Female Open Winners

Allison Lucas, 31, Royal Oak, MI
20:09 (6:30/mile)
Heather Abramouski, 32, Royal Oak, MI
20:39 (6:40/mile)
Erika Erickson, 31, Royal Oak, MI
20:49 (6:43/mile)

Congratulations to all the 2019 finishers, especially those who made the MOM Race their very first 5K.


Team Participation

  1. Team Tiger (Danielle Noble), 35 finishers

  2. Team First American – Stomp Out the Stigma (Hailey Light), 34 finishers

  3. Jennifer (Erin Swanson) 30 finishers

Team Fundraising

  1. Team Tiger (Danielle Noble), $2,378

  2. Team Vinnie (Joe Colagiovanni), $2,188

  3. Star (Mikayla Farhat-Tomaszewski), $1,175

Individual Fundraising

Congratulations to Stephanie Strole of Royal Oak, MI for personally raising $710 for MOM as part of her “You Matter” campaign to win the 2019 Individual Fundraising Challenge competition

Business Sponsors

Title Sponsor: Farhat Family Homes
Major Sponsors: Bar Louie, Chemical Bank, Four5 Ink, Thomas J. Mohan PLLC and Up the Hill Photography
Event Sponsors: Afia, Beaumont, Bruegger’s Bagels, C&G Newspapers, Clawson Grill, F.D. Lake Construction & Industrial Supplies, First Congregational Church of Royal Oak, Hansons Running, Holiday Market, Inspired Spaces by Sarah, Kabot Orthodontics, Main Floor Covering, Mans Lumber & Millwork, Merrill Lynch and Sandler Training
Contributing Sponsors: A-Dependable Maytag, Chicken Shack, Dr. Chad S. Saperstein Psychotherapist, Fintentional LLC, FRE Management LLC, Gordon Advisors P.C., Institute for Hope & Human Flourishing, Jim Shaffer & Associates, Liedel Law Group, Lincoln Behavioral Services, Mary Stelter AAA Birmingham, Midwest Cabinet Distributors, Miner’s Den Jewelers, Modern Dentistry of Royal Oak, Pixieland Face Painting, Sollars & Associates, Top Cat Sales, Vinsetta Gardens, Wolverine Orthotics Inc., and Ye Olde Saloon.

Prizes & Refreshments

Thank you to all the businesses that generously donated refreshments and raffle prizes to enhance the 2019 MOM Race: 6 Degree Burn Fitness Studio, Alex Emilio Salon, Axle Brewing Company, Arbonne, ArtSoul Therapy, Bar Louie, Bina Menon, Bordine’s, Bruegger’s Bagels, Cacao Tree Café, Catherine’s Pet Parlor, Detroit Kid City, Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters, Five15, Fuse 45, Grand Traverse Pie Company, Granite City, Griffin Claw Brewing Company, Hansons Running Shop, Holiday Market, Jenna Kator Collection, Jesse Link Art, Leon & Lulu, Margot European Day Spa, Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, Microblading & Esthetics Pro Studio, Nexus Spine & Sport, North Oaks Dental, LuvAll Tennis, Off the Wall, LLC., Planet Rock, Poppy & Opal, Red Effect Infrared Fitness, Retrofit Studio, Roberts Restaurant Group, Royal Oak Golf Center, Saucony, Scandia Home, Shield’s Pizza, Shinola, Simply Good Kitchen, Tania’s Pizza, The Home Depot, TITLE Boxing Club, Trader Joe’s, Troy Gymnastics, Up the Hill Photography, Water Works Theatre Co., Woodpile BBQ Shack

Special Thanks

The 2019 MOM Race would not have been possible with the help of so many including, but not limited to: The City of Royal Oak, especially the ROPD, ROFD and DPS; our hardworking volunteers; all the cooperative residents along the MOM Race path; other R.O. citizens who pledged their support for this cause; the Mind Over Matter board of directors and the MOM Race leadership team (you know who you are); the Boledovich and Farhat families; our generous donors, fundraisers and other MOM MVPs; our dedicated business sponsors; Royal Oak High School – especially Dave Barnett and the ROHS track team, Celeste Rudd and the NHS students, Kirsten Williams and Chamber Singers, and Carrie Lawrence in the Counseling Center; Red Effect Infrared Fitness of Troy for leading our pre-race warm up; ArtSoul Therapy for assisting with MOMorial photo installations; Pixieland Face Painting for adding color and smiles to our event; local therapists and crisis counselors for serving as mental health first aid responders every day including at the MOM Race; our charities for providing race-day representation and resources; Irene’s Myomassology Institute for sharing the healing power of touch; The First Congregational Church of R.O. for hosting advanced packet pick-up; the Soroptimist, Optimist and Rotary Clubs for providing MOM with an opportunity to speak at club meetings leading up to the race; Bradley Mott and Annie Tanalski for their invaluable graphic design help; and Race Timing Services for providing professional race timing and results