Race Preview: Uberthons 2015 Mommathon

With good reason, one of the most common event day schedules include a 10K, 5K, and a kids race. That has everything for all skill levels, and a kids race makes it family friendly. Occurring on February 28th, at Liberty High School, the Uberthons Mommathon includes all of these perks. Both courses offer a start and finish on the track, but only the 5K is USATF certified. The 10K starts first at 9, and the 5K goes 15 minutes after. Uberthons is famous for their top notch and quick results availability, and I expect this event would be no different.

Uberthons utilizes a wave start system, which helps reduce congestion in the beginning of the race. The first 300m of the race is on the track, which should ease any crowding issues as well. The course only has a few turns, coupled with the generally zealous course marking habits of theirs, staying on track should not be an issue. The only potential issue I foresee is the faster 10K runners may have some difficulty weaving through the 5K participants as they begin their second loop shortly after the shorter race starts. With half a road to utilize, this should not be a huge problem.

For the kids races, which are always great to start healthy habits, there are two options. Both are on the track, with a one lap or two lap length. Medals may be purchased for an additional $10 each. They are scheduled to start at 10:30, which should give parents plenty of time to finish before preparing their children for their run.

Other race day perks include a pre-race yoga warm up, assorted fitness challenge stations, a Kids Zone, and musical entertainment. There will be the usual overall and age group awards with prizes as well as some for the fitness challenge competition. Girls on the Run will be receiving 10% of the proceeds from this event. There will be bib pick up option at the downtown Foot Traffic the Thursday beforehand.

The course looks great for a decent race and the February 28th event day will be a nice preview of race ability before the big spring events. I have not personally raced from Liberty High school, but have enjoyed runs in that area in the past. It sounds like a great family event, with the kids races and entertainment options. All that remains is to register and cross your fingers for great weather!

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