The 2018 MOM Race raises another $50,000 for local brain research and suicide prevention programming!

We had an abundance of sunshine on Saturday, May 5, 2018, more than 1,450 registrants and 1,300 in attendance at the 13th Annual MOM Race at Starr Jaycee Park! We also had the support of more than 60 teams, 70 volunteers, 90 businesses and 230 donors. We are pleased to announce that the 5K charity run/walk raised another $50,000 for local brain research, suicide prevention programming, and crisis intervention services, bringing our fundraising grand total to $350,000. 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

Jarred Jolley, 19, Croswell, MI
16:42 (5:23/mile)
Alex Fox, 25, Ann Arbor, MI
19:15 (6:13/mile)
Jason Robeson, 27, Columbus, OH
20:36 (6:39/mile)

Female Open Winners

Allison Lucas, 30, Royal Oak, MI
20:05 (6:29/mile)
Eleanor Roe, 17, Brighton, MI
21:23 (6:54/mile)
Kelly Valente, 38, Dearborn, MI
21:38 (6:59/mile)

Congratulations to all the 2018 finishers, especially those who made the MOM Race their very first 5K.


Team Participation

  1. Team Tiger (Danielle Noble), 53 finishers

  2. Jennifer (Erin Swanson), 51 finishers

  3. Remembering Catherine (Meagan McGrath) and Team Vinnie (Joe Colagiovanni), each with 41 finishers

Team Fundraising

  1. Team Tiger (Danielle Noble), $3,690

  2. Team Vinnie (Joseph Colagiovanni), $3,015

  3. Jennifer (Erin Swanson) – $860

Individual Fundraising

  1. Kim Fassezke of Saginaw, $350

  2. Kelly Tremonti of Washington Twp., $250

  3. Heather Rose of Royal Oak, $175

Business Sponsors

Title Sponsor: Farhat Family Homes

Premier Sponsors: Gruz Photography and Women First Ob-Gyn Center

Major Sponsors: First American Title and Four5Ink

Event Sponsors: Afia, Beaumont, Bruegger’s Bagels, C&G Newspapers, Co. 512 Original Athletics, Community Choice Credit Union, F.D. Lake Construction & Industrial Supplies, First Congregational Church of Royal Oak, Forget-Me-Not Thrift Store, Hansons Running, Kabot Orthodontics, Main Floor Covering, Mans Lumber & Millwork, Merrill Lynch and Thomas J. Mohan, PLLC.

Contributing Sponsors: A-Dependable Maytag, Chemical Bank, Clawson Grill, Dr. Chad S. Saperstein, Psychotherapist,Fintentional, LLC, FRE Management, LLC, Gordon Advisors, P.C., Hollywood Super Markets, Institute for Hope & Human Flourishing, Jim Shaffer & Associates, Liedel Law Group, Lincoln Behavioral Services, Mary Stelter, AAA Birmingham, Midwest Cabinet Distributors, North Oaks Dental,, Sollars & Associates, The Home Depot, Vinsetta Gardens, Ye Olde Saloon.

Prizes & Refreshments

Thank you to all the generous local businesses who donated prizes or refreshments to enhance our event: AIAG, Alex Emilio Salon, Arthur Murray Royal Oak,
ArtSoul Therapy, Bruegger’s Bagels, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cork Wine Pub, Detroit Kid City, English Gardens, Fuse 45, Gallery U Boutique, Gordon Food Service, Granite City, Grand Traverse Pie Co., Griffin Claw Brewing Co., Hansons Running Shop, Holiday Market, Impression 5 Science Center, Jenna Kator Collection, Jesse Link Art, KIND Bar, Laurel-Lou Unlimited, Leon & Lulu, LuvAll Tennis, Nadeau Furniture with Soul, Off the Wall, LLC., Outdoor Adventure Center, Ray’s Ice Cream, Retrofit Studio, Roberts Restaurant Group, Royal Oak Brewery, Royal Oak Golf Center, Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra, Saucony, Scandia Home, Shinola, Tania’s Pizza, The Great Escape Room, The Home Depot, TITLE Boxing Club, Trader Joe’s, UNCORKED! Games, Urban Landscapes, Water Works Theatre Co., and Yellow Door Art Market

Special Thanks

The MOM Race would not be possible without the support of the City of Royal Oak, our dedicated and hardworking volunteers, and the cooperation of the 186 impacted residents along the race path. Thank you for allowing us to put on a safe, family-friendly footrace in your neighborhood. I could not put on the MOM Race without the unwavering support of my Boledovich/Farhat family, especially my husband John Farhat, and my lead volunteers Andrea Anderson, Brandon & Laura Casanta, Liz Finkel, Audra Quinn, and Nancy Sieve. Thank you to Royal Oak High School for your continued MOM Race support, especially Dave Barnett and the ROHS Track Team, Celeste Rudd and the National Honor Society, the ROHS Chamber Singers, and Carrie Lawrence in the Counseling Department. Thanks to the First Congregational Church of R.O. for kindly hosting advanced packet pick-up on Friday night.  Thank you to Bradley Mott and Annie Tanalski for your invaluable graphic design help and Desmond Carter for your web support. Finally, thanks to Erin Shahly at ArtSoul Therapy for your MOMorial assistance, Dawn Gaden of Hamburg Fitness center for putting on the pre-race warm up, and Gary Olsen for providing race timing services.