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April 21, 2014

Mother's Day 5K to return in Amesbury

AMESBURY — Following the success of last year’s inaugural race, local runners will again take to the streets of Amesbury next month as part of the second annual Mother’s Day 5K Indulgence.

The race will again take place on the morning of Mother’s Day, which this year falls on Sunday, May 11. The run begins and ends at Woodsom Farm and the route will take runners past Lake Attitash and through some of Amesbury’s scenic back roads.

“It’s over fairly quick in the morning so people who have Mother’s Day plans can get on with their Mother’s Day,” said Eli Bailin, an Amesbury resident and the race director. “Last year we had a pretty good turnout of about 250 people; this year we’ll probably get a little bigger, and people really enjoyed the course, they were really supportive.”

This year the Mother’s Day 5K will partner with the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, and all proceeds raised from the race will go to support the organization’s efforts to help local women. Bailin said celebrating all mothers was a point of emphasis for him, so much so that he’s taken an unusual step to market the race.

“It’s really meant to embrace Mother’s Day the best way we can,” Bailin said. “We actually only offer women’s cut shirts, meaning it’s not an all-women’s race, but if a man wants to run it, I’d say do it for the woman in your life. Whether it be your mother, wife or sister, you’re ordering a shirt based on their sizing.”

In addition to a shirt, all pre-registered runners will also receive a bottle of Jewell Towne Vineyards wine and a box of chocolates from Ovedia Artisan Chocolates.

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