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Run For Mom in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, May 10

Ahead of mother's day, think pink

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A rec column might not seem like the logical place to talk about Mother's Day, but when you think about it, why not? Our mothers are the reason (well, half of the reason, anyway) that we're alive to go out and recreate in the first place.

So what better way to honor her than by going out and using what your mama gave you? And for that matter, why not bring her along for the ride?

I have spent past Mother's Days with my own mom hiking, taking long bike rides or, on occasion, participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The conveniently timed race is an ideal way to celebrate all mothers, when you think about it. As part of the national fundraising event--and the largest race in the Treasure Valley--the Komen race puts women's health in the spotlight.

The event is dedicated to raising money to support breast cancer research, but it's hard not to be swept up in the energy of the race. From the inspiring sight of a pink-clad cancer survivor--head held high--walking beside you, to the heart-wrenching signs hanging from shirts honoring loved ones who didn't survive to walk, it's hard not to be affected.

But don't dare think it's a downer--a palpable vibe of support, compassion and love of life radiates from the massive crowd. In 2012, race organizers said roughly 10,000 people turned out to take part, but that number was already in the rearview mirror more than a week before this year's event. Local organizers are expecting up to 12,000 walkers and runners to turn up at the starting line.

And while the race hits the roads of Boise Saturday, May 11, it's not too late to join in. Late registration is available in person at race packet pick-up on Friday, May 10, at the University of Phoenix campus in Meridian from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Cost is $40 for adults or $15 for children age 12 and younger. Day of race registration will be taken from 7:30-9 a.m.

The race begins at 9 a.m., with the start line located in front of the Albertsons headquarters on Parkcenter Boulevard. Runners take off first, followed by walkers along either a 5K or one-mile course.

If you want to check it out for yourself, visit komenidaho.org/komen-race-for-the-cure for more information.

And while we might be game for a casual stroll with mom, not all mothers are so willing to take it (relatively) easy. Mothers will be burning some miles on Friday, May 10, at the latest themed run from Shu's Idaho Running Company.

Mothers--and everyone else--will run a roughly four-mile course before returning to the running store for free massages and refreshments for moms. Registration is required to participate, so email leone@idahorunningcompany.com to RSVP.

While the run is open to anyone, organizers are up front about warning that it's ultimately the mothers who will win.

Who can argue with that?