Run Like a Mother Race Comes to Raleigh


Run Like A Mother (RLAM), a 5-K race founded by mom of three and women’s motivational speaker Megan Searfoss is coming to Raleigh for the first time.

The race will take place across in 11 cities nationwide on Mother’s Day and is designed to build community among women runners well ahead of race day on May 13. In Raleigh, the race will be held at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, May 13, at the Kerr Family YMCA, located at 2500 Wakefield Pines Drive. Starting this Sunday, April 1, racers will take part six-week training program, also at the Kerr Family YMCA, where they have a chance to socialize with other women while focusing on training that challenges them physically. Women who sign up for the race also gain access to an online community of female runners who share training tips and life experiences.

“RLAM is more than a race; it is our way of life,” Searfoss said in a statement. “We have grown the RLAM community from Ridgefield, Conn., to Naperville, Ill., and Portland, Ore., in 2011 and the online community to more than 10,000 Facebook followers. By expanding the race to these new cities in 2012, more fans will be able to experience the magic of the day and what Run Like a Mother is about.”

A certified personal trainer who has 11 marathons and 6 Ironman races under her belt, Searfoss only began running 15 years ago. She created the RLAM race to give women an opportunity to experience the thrill of running a race whether they are a novice or an expert, according to the RLAM website.

The 6-week program leading up to race day will be held at 5 p.m. Sundays, which is the time organizers have found that most moms can have about an hour to themselves. The cost for the training progam is $25 (race registration fees are separate), and coaches will be available to help runners whose abilities range from novice and beginner to intermediate and advanced. The sessions include training plans for runners. They start with a warm-up and stretching session, followed by a short workshop on topics that range from running form to injury prevention, proper shoe fit, and nutrition. A work-out then follows. Organizers say the race is designed to get athletes to the starting line feeling prepared to run their best no matter what level runner they are.

Before the RLAM 5-K race on May 13, RLAM will offer a timed 1-mile kids race at 8 a.m. at the Kerr Family YMCA. See these links to learn about the schedule and location of both the kids and women’s races and race registration fees and age requirements. In 2008, when Searfoss started the women’s race, 400 people took part; in 2011, that number had grown to more than 2,500. Raleigh’s family-focused suburbs attracted race organizers, who chose the City of Oaks to be among seven new cities where the race will be run this year. This year, the race will also take place in Dallas; Milwaukee; San Diego; Nashville, Tenn.; Seattle; and Sacramento, Calif., in addition to returning races in Naperville, Ill., Ridgefield, Conn.; Chicago; and Portland, Ore., a chance to be a part of the experience.

For more information on the Run Like a Mother Race, visit or on Facebook at

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