The 2019 MOM Race raises 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. 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!

Fastest Finishers

Male Open Winners

1. Ryan Walker, 37, Bloomfield Hills, MI - 19:10 (6:11/mile)

2. Christopher Pennisi, 45, Royal Oak, MI - 19:16 (6:13/mile)

3. Christopher Pokladek, 28, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI - 19:34 (6:19/mile)



Female Open Winners

1. Allison Lucas, 31, Royal Oak, MI - 20:09 (6:30/mile)

2. Heather Abramouski, 32, Royal Oak, MI - 20:39 (6:40/mile)

3. Erika Erickson, 31, Royal Oak, MI - 20:49 (6:43/mile)



Challenge Winners

Team Participation Challenge

  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
  4. UM Depression Center (Frances Kieliszewski), 28 finishers
  5. Remembering Catherine (Meagan McGrath), 22 finishers

Team Fundraising Challenge

  1. Team Tiger (Danielle Noble), $2,378
  2. Team Vinnie (Joe Colagiovanni), $2,188
  3. Star (Mikayla Farhat-Tomaszewski), $1,175
  4. Jennifer (Erin Swanson), $700
  5. In Memory of Nancy Legree (Samantha Huffman), $310

Individual Fundraising Challenge

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


6 Degree Burn Fitness Studio
Alex Emilio Salon
Axle Brewing Company
ArtSoul Therapy
Bar Louie
Bina Menon
Bruegger's Bagels
Cacao Tree Café
Catherine’s Pet Parlor
Detroit Kid City
Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters
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
Scandia Home
Shield’s Pizza
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


Title Sponsor: Farhat Family Homes

Premier Sponsors: Community Choice Credit Union, First American Title Insurance Company, Mercantile Bank of Michigan, Women First Ob-Gyn Center and Forget-Me-Not Thrift Store

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.


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 and extremely committed 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

All our donors, fundraisers and other MOM MVPs

Our generous and 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

Race Timing Services for providing professional race timing and results