33rd Annual Race
Ramsay Park, 1301 Main Street, Watsonville
Sunday May 14 from 7 – 11 a.m. – First race starts at 7:45 a.m.
Pajaro Valley Shelter Services (PVSS) presents the 33rd Annual Mother’s Day Run/Walk for Shelter Fundraiser on Sunday, May 14 at Ramsay Park in Watsonville that includes a 10K Run, 5K Run-Walk and a 1K Kids’ Fun Run.
Proceeds from the event support PVSS’ mission to empower families experiencing homelessness to gain economic self-sufficiency and move into stable housing. Start your Mother’s Day off by joining the community in supporting the end of homelessness for mothers, their children and families in South County. When families in our community thrive, we all thrive in a community where every child has a safe and stable place to sleep.
The event features include t-shirts, roses for mothers, medals for winners, continental breakfast and a live DJ. This year, families with strollers will be allowed in the event. For 34 years, the community of Watsonville has supported PVSS’ Mother’s Day Run-Walk to ensure the continuation of services for homeless families. The first race was in 1984 and raised $8,000, with a small crowd in attendance. This year we expect over 700 participants and 200 volunteers and spectators to help raise $80,000!
This well-loved event can be enjoyed by attendees of all ages and skill levels, from the competitive runners to the weekend joggers to families who want to walk together. Starting and ending in Ramsay Park, the race route is a beautiful trek around Watsonville’s slough trails. The 10K and 5K races will be professionally timed.
“The Mother’s Day Run has become a tradition. For many, there are three generations who do the run/walk together, and then go to brunch afterwards. It’s a great family tradition –to help end homelessness on Mother’s Day.” PVSS Executive Director, Kimberly Ferm
Since 1983, Pajaro Valley Shelter Services (PVSS) has assisted families experiencing homelessness. PVSS currently houses 80 families annually, while they complete a program to overcome financial barriers, and develop goals and skills to move on to stable housing and improved personal and economic self-sufficiency. Serving Santa Cruz County and focusing on Watsonville and Pajaro Valley, PVSS owns and operates an Emergency Shelter (for women and children), two Shelter Annexes (for families with males over the age of twelve and for single fathers), thirteen units of Transitional Housing, and four units of Long-Term Supportive Housing. PVSS has served over 6,000 people since 1983, two-thirds of which were children.
Race Information: Race day registration and bib pick-up starts at 7:00 a.m. Sunday, May 14. Course closes at 10:15 a.m. Bibs are not transferable. Registration fees are non-transferable & non-refundable. For Online Race Registration: www.pvshelter.org
Registration Form required for each participant.
10K Run & 5K Run/Walk — $30 for individuals (1 T-shirt) Registrations after Thursday, March 3, 2017: $40, Registrations after Thursday, May 5, 2017: $50
1K Kid’s Fun Run — $20 per child under 12 (With T-shirt); Registrations after Thursday, May 5, 2017: $25
Race Start Times: • 1K Kid’s Fun Run @ 7:45am • 5K Walk @ 8:00am • 5K Run @ 8:00am • 10K Run @ 8:45am • Course closes at 10:15 a.m.
The course is professional timed: computerized time results will be announced & on the web site. All runs and walks start and end at Ramsay Park. Course maps available at www.pvshelter.org
Event T-shirt included in the registration fee for first 700 runners who register; Roses for the moms; Refreshments and water, live DJ.
10K Run & 5K Run/Walk — Medals for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places, male/female per 5-year age division; plus gift for the male and female place first placers in 10K and 5K.
1K Kid’s Fun Run — all youth receive accomplishment medals, 3-year age divisions. Kids’ Awards 8:30-8:45.
Pajaro Valley Shelter Services’ Benefit Fundraiser Online Race Registration: www.pvshelter.org – For more information: (831) 728-5649