Mom’s Run hits its stride in its 12th year

The Mom’s Run is growing because of its “family focus,” including a division for strollers.

This Saturday will mark a breakthrough year for a once-floundering small run that had a hard time distinguishing itself from the other 80-plus 5Ks in the Charleston area every year.

Originally known as the Ruth Rhoden Craven Postpartum Depression Run, organizers renamed it the Mom’s Run, moved it to Mother’s Day weekend, worked to make it a “family-focused” event and to market it via email blasts and an attractive website.

As a result, the 12th annual Mom’s Run + Family Fun Day already has surpassed its registration goal, a year after setting a record of 430 for the 2014 event.

“We’ve always wanted to hit 500 and we’re at 550,” said Holly Fisher, a spokeswoman for the event, on Monday.

The “family fun day” part of it starts after the 5K is over with free food, kids activities and exhibitors.

The 12th annual Mom’s Run will be 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island. Late fees are $30 for individuals, $35 for strollers (includes adult and child T-shirts) and $20 for children age 10 and young. Proceeds benefit Postpartum Support Charleston.

Packet pick-up and late registration will take place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Fleet Feet Sports in Mount Pleasant and 6:45 to 8:15 a.m. Saturday at the stadium.

While Sunday’s calendar of fitness-oriented activities is clear largely because of Mother’s Day, today’s schedule has plenty of opportunities to get out and do something.

Today marks the start of the annual Race the Landing 5K series at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site.

The event features a kids fun run starting at 6:15 p.m. and a 5K at 7 p.m. The cost is $10-$12 for the kids run, $30-$35 for the 5K, and $105 for the five-run series, and includes a post-race dinner, drinks, music and more.

The dates for the other four races are May 14, June 4 and June 11, and July 9.

Half-Moon Outfitters at South Windermere will feature an event with a free yoga class (taught by Ashley Bell), free indoor climbing and free beer and popcorn, 6-8 p.m. today at 94 Folly Road.

The yoga is 6-7 p.m. and the climbing is 7-8 p.m. The beer and popcorn is being provided by Tradesman Brewing Co.

Now that the weather is becoming more reliably warm, don’t forget that OM Outdoors offers classes outdoors Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Two classes are held 6-7 p.m. Thursdays, one on the Pitt Street bridge in Mount Pleasant and the other at Cannon Park.

Participants are urged to give a donation of at least $5 for a class.

Speaking of outdoor yoga, it will be part of Common Ground, a music, yoga and arts festival at Jivamukti Yoga at 221 St. Philip St. in Charleston. The event will run noon to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The “yoga blast” class with local Jivamukti co-owner Jeffrey “Rama” Cohen will be 2-3:15 p.m. Saturday. The musical lineup will include Cohen with a band, Lockheart Sindex, The Night Caps and others. The cost to attend is $5-$7.

“Yoga is just not about twisting your body,” says Cohen. “It’s about celebration and living life in an artful way. Music and art help us feel alive and connected. We’re overjoyed to provide a space to make it happen.”

Common Ground at Jivamukti is a smoke- and alcohol-free event. Local vendors will be serving vegan food. Free water will be available.

Long-time local boxing guru Michael Golemis didn’t think much of last Saturday’s boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, but thinks people can regain an appreciation of the sport by watching some matches on Saturday.

Hurricane Boxing, which Golemis co-owns, will host the 2015 South Carolina Junior Olympics and Club Show starting at 4 p.m. Saturday at the studio, located at 792 Folly Road on James Island.

Boxers from South Carolina, between the ages of 8 and 16, will begin their bids to advance to the regional competition in Macon, Ga., and the national one in Charleston, West Virginia. In addition to these matches, there will be boxers between the ages of 17 and 34 competing in other USA Boxing sanctioned bouts.

All bouts are scheduled for three round and Golemis says “(they) will provide plenty of action.

“These are boxers fighting their way to the top, so, they lay it all on the line,” says Golemis. “Two boxers will duke it out for three rounds then hug one another. It’s all about respect. To me, that is beautiful.”

All rules and regulations instituted by USA Boxing will be enforced. Tickets are $20 for ringside and $10 for general admission.

CrossFit Johns Island will be hosting “Lift to Feed,” a fundraiser to benefit Backpack Buddies Seabrook Island at 9 a.m. Saturday at 3609 River Road on Johns Island.

The price will be $35 per person and only 150 spots are available, with heats for various levels of ability and experience.

“We’re excited to host another charity event,” says Nic Porter, CrossFit Johns Island owner. “Our last event raised $6,050 to benefit Hollings Cancer Center, which is double what we were expecting. We’re hoping to do the same for the kids of this community, our new goal is $8,000.”!events/cgg2

The Medical University of South Carolina’s Wellness Center is banding together with Charleston city parks for its third Adventure Out series of exercise classes in outdoor settings.

“Adventure Out: Turning Over a New Leaf” will feature 12 classes in May and four classes per month throughout the year, including Zumba dance, yoga, circuit, historic selfie scavenger hunt and more for locals to discover the benefits of “green exercise,” or exercise conducted outdoors.

Classes, which are designed for all ages and fitness levels, are offered in Marion Square, Hampton Park, the Charleston Maritime Center, Brittlebank Park and Cannon Park.

Those who buy an Adventure Out T-shirt or tank for $10-$15 can participate in classes for free.

As part of a free community document-shredding event, MacDonald Tax & Financial Group will be collecting “gently used shoes,” such as athletic shoes, for Soles4Souls from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the company’s office, 802 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.

Soles4Souls repurposes footwear for those in developing nations. Contact Judy Miller at (843) 284-0370 or with questions.