GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-
Families from across the Grand Valley laced up their sneakers on Sunday, to participate in this year's Mom's Day 5K.
A portion of the proceeds are going to the Hilltop Latimer House, to help volunteers provide support to those suffering from domestic violence.
More than 60 runners, from old to young, and beginners to pros took part.
“We wanted to do something special on Mother's Day to honor moms and bring the whole family out to have fun,” said Tracy Brinkman, event coordinator.
Stacy Antonucci is one mother in particular who is participating in this event.
“I think right now my boys don't really want to be here,” said Antonucci. “But they are doing it for me and I think in a couple of years they are going to be glad that they did it.”
“She is just the best mom ever in the world,” said James Antonucci.
“She just always does stuff for us,” said Danny Antonucci.
Though Antonucci says her boys would rather have hit the snooze button, she's grateful they're running together so she can teach them more about where the proceeds from the race are going to.
“They don’t understand why you have to pay $25 to go run 3.5 miles,” said Stacy Antonucci. “But when I told them the reason is we are supporting this great organization and the women that need this, a light bulb went on in their head and they were a little bit more on board for that.”
No matter how fast or slow they may run, event coordinators are hoping more people see the importance of giving back.
“We hope that in the future it continues to grow and we want to increase awareness for charities like the Latimer House,” said Brinkman.
For more information on Hilltop Latimer House, click here.