If you’re going
• What: Abba House Run for Recovery 5K and 10K
• When: Races begin at 7:30 a.m.; registration at 6 a.m. Saturday
• Where: Vickery Village, 5920 Post Road
• Cost: $30 for adults; $15 for children 10 and younger
• For more information, visit www.abbahouse.com.
Mothers will be honored during a fundraiser race Saturday.
Abba House’s Run for Recovery will begin at 7:30 a.m., with registration starting at 6 a.m. in Vickery Village on Post Road.
Those interested can also register from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight during packet pick-up at Chill Hill, a frozen yogurt shop in the village.
The run, which offers both a 5K and 10K, is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, said Erin Harris, race director.
She said about 400 racers have registered for the event.
“I’m hoping to have around 500 runners,” she said, noting that the race has been held for five years.
“For the past three years, it’s grown a lot,” she said. “Last year, we doubled our numbers over the year before.”
Some 100 volunteers from area churches, Christian schools and other groups will also help with the event, Harris said.
Abba House is a long-term residential recovery program for women who are struggling with substance abuse or mental and emotional issues, offering healing and restoration for them and their families.
The 15-month program provides a safe place for the women to heal and begin to lead productive lives.
Harris said holding the Run for Recovery on Mother’s Day weekend is meaningful for the organization since children are permitted to remain with their mothers as they undergo the healing process.
“This is a great opportunity for people to come out and support moms who are in recovery,” Harris said.
The race is chip-timed and features two courses that use the Big Creek Greenway.
Harris said runners will be shuttled to the race start lines from Vickery Village, and races will be staggered so runners can participate in both the 5K and 10K if they choose.
Parking will be available at the village and Vickery Creek Middle School.
Awards will be given in several age categories. Prizes will also be awarded for team spirit, fastest CEO or pastor, and for most inspiring mother.
After the race, there will be live music, giveaways and a number of family-friendly activities. Harris hopes for a record turnout.
“We’ll be honoring some awesome women in our community,” she said. “So what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend?”