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Mothers, grandmothers and daughters race around Hutchinson Island to help cure Lukemia

Updated on April 30, 2014

Savannah's Mother Daughter 5K

The start of the race with the Talmadge Bridge in the background.
The start of the race with the Talmadge Bridge in the background.
Mother and daughter in the lead
Mother and daughter in the lead

Grannies in wheelchairs and kiddies in strollers take to the race track around Hutchinson Island

Early Saturday morning they started to arrive on the island. There were a lot of girls and there mothers here to race in the Mother Daughter 5k, to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

It was a sea of pink and purple as moms and daughters dressed alike and joined ranks with other females to form running teams with names like Sassy Striders, Three Little Birds Your Pace or mine and Hazel Toes.

Teams could consist of multiple girls or women and awards were given based on accumulative age of the teams which made the results page seem rather curious with awards going to "Females 200 and over"!

There were women running with toddlers in strollers and others pushing grandmothers in wheelchairs and just about everyone was smiling and having a good time.

The race was held at the Westin and wound around the old car race track on Hutchinson Island and back down the palm lined drive.

The weather was gorgeous and almost a bit hot in the sun, but a light breeze kept it comfortable and there was plenty of Gatorade and water to go around, plus a huge spread of snacks from peanut butter pretzels, oranges and bananas to trail and Chex Mix, plus lots of prizes including massages and pedicures and a spa day at the Westin.

The only men were there volunteering and the event opened with a prayer and the singing of the National Anthem which echoed over the water and out over the track.

Just under 200 women took part in the event, which wasn't bad considering the Turtle Trot was taking place at Tybee just a few miles down the river, and the small size of the event and the lack of cars on the track made it a fun and safe event for all.

One participant appeared to be running alone, but she was actually pregnant with her first child after doctors had told her she could not get pregnant, and she just learned that the daughter they have been trying to adopt for over a year, may finally be coming to live with them.

A small group of runners which were not part of the race found themselves stuck in the middle of the group and chatted a bit before heading off down a trail and cheering the runners as they turned around to head back to the Westin.

Running with your family or even walking briskly is a good way to communicate and share what is going on in your life.

It is easier to open up and feel relaxed when you are moving and sometimes you might even come across something really interesting or start a tradition like the Savannah Striders who while running early one morning toward Isle of Hope, had a pile up of runners as one stopped quickly to pick up a penny in the street and the others behind her did not stop in time and nearly fell on top of her!

Though the woman has moved to a new state, her friends still find money lying in the streets and stop to pick it up, shouting... "found a Mary (merry) penny" after the woman who started it all!

Others share stories of running with women who inspired them and kept them going from a one mile run/walk to a marathon or ultra event running 100 miles in 24 hours!

Most races allow you to run with people who share your passion and help you raise funds for charities as well. It is a great way to spend time with family and friends and give back to the community.

Where can you find out how to enter races?

If you are interested in joining a run there are plenty out there.

First you need to train for a run and learn what type shoes and clothing to wear. There are a lot of places that will work with you for free or you can join a group like Team in Training. or your local running stores and gyms usually post flyers and information about upcoming races.

Most races charge between $25 and $40 for shorter races, with half and full marathons costing as much as $100.

If you want to run and not pay the money, check out local parks like Forsyth downtown or Daffin at midtown, Whitemarsh Island, Rails to Trails or Lake Mayer on the Southside.

If all else fails, start your own group and learn as you go. The more you walk and run, the more you will learn and the more fun it will be to try out new locations with new friends and raise funds for charities while you raise your own spirits and feel better about life and yourself.

Where do you like to run and how did you get started?

Share with others how you started running and where you like to run and why.

You would be surprised how many people want to take up running or walking, but just aren't sure how or who to run with.

If you are a member of a social group or go to church, consider starting a healthy walking group with a safe place to meet and plan on an alternative indoor walking area like a large gym or mall if weather is not welcoming outside.


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