Nearly 800 runners sprint to celebrate Mother's Day

May 14, 2018

Nearly 800 runners celebrated Mother's Day with a three-mile run on May 13.

The 12th annual Women's Fund Mother's Day Tiara 5k began promptly with a childrens' run at 9 a.m., at Oxford Creamery in Mattapoisett, featuring roughly 100 runners. Tiaras and tutus dotted the landscape, and ice cream samples were never more than an arm's reach away.

After two staggered children's runs, the runner in the 5k (3.2 mile) run left the starting line at 9:30 a.m., while nonprofit singing group the Showstoppers serenaded the gathered crowd. Several runners wore shirts that honored mothers, sisters, and other family members.

In just 20 minutes and 30 seconds, the first place winner, 18-year-old Graham Poirer, was back at the finish line. He was followed by Edward Smith and Jacob Lopes before the first two female finishers, Erin Carr and Janytzabell Rodriguez-Ramos, crossed the line.

The race was a fundraiser for the Women's Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts, which, according to its website, "facilitates and responds to critical community issues for women."

"Women, especially single head-of-households fall far below the state median income in Southeastern Massachusetts, and a quarter of women in New Bedford and Fall River live below the federal poverty level," the website continues.

"Through research and advocacy, the Women's Fund has become a leader in directing funding to organizations and causes that will have the most sustainable impact."