Cherokee Choices Mother's Day DIY 5K

Sat May 1 - Sun May 9 Directions
Go Run with Your Mom
Description

The 2021 Cherokee Choices Mother's Day 5K Run/Walk is offering two options to keep everyone active and safe while still celebrating all of our wonderful Moms.

DIY On Course 5K: Friday - May 1 > Sunday - May 9th
The Kituwah Mound course will be marked and open from Friday May 1st until 5PM on Sunday May 9th (Mother's Day). Registered participants can run/walk the course at a time that is convenient for them. While not required – times can be upload for inclusion in the DIY On Course 5K results. Note: Should the pandemic keep us from running/walking at Kituwah Mound - all participants will become DIY Anywhere 5K participants.

DIY Anywhere 5K: Friday - May 1 > Sunday - May 9th
This “do it yourself” event will allow participants to run or walk at any time and any location that is convenient and safe for you and your families. Run around the block, on trails, go down to the track, or even run on a treadmill. You don't even have to live in WNC - so please invite friends and family both near and far to join the fun. While not required – you can submit your time for inclusion in the online “just for fun” results. We will collect times beginning on Friday May 1st through Monday May 10th. Instructions on "How to submit your virtual times" are found below and will be included when you register.

Entry Fee: Adults: $15        Youth (1-12) & Elders (59-99+): $5.00

Everyone who signs up, regardless if you submit a time or not, will receive a Cherokee Choices shirt and the choice of mask or coffee mug. Once safety measures are in place and the quarantine has been lifted both will be available for pick up at the Cherokee Choices offices.

Take this opportunity to get outside and take a run/walk with your Mom.

And please do remember that All Proceeds (as in 100%) benefit the Cherokee Children's Home. Check out their website to learn more about all the great community services they provide. Donations are always welcome. Click on the DONATE button above or when you register.

The Cherokee Choices Mother's Day 5K Run/Walk is a benefit for the Cherokee Children’s Home. The Cherokee Children’s Home was started in 1969 when it became evident in the community that children who could not safely remain in their own homes and needed a place to stay within the Qualla Boundary.  Upon the completion of the first home, 17 children were admitted and the house was quickly at capacity. That same year construction began on the second home and it was completed in 1970 and it quickly filled with 17 more children.  A final home was built the next year and it also filled to capacity. Since those early days many steps have been taken to ensure the safety of children not only from the Qualla Boundary but now throughout the state. The Cherokee Children’s Home has been a permanent or temporary home to over 1,700 youth. Please learn more about their support services at Home's website.

100% of the funds raised by the Cherokee Choices Mother's Day 5K Run/Walk supports the Home's primary goal - the reunification of the children with their families. Please support the Cherokee Children’s Home by adding a donation to your registration or click on the DONATE button above.

Kituwah Mound - the Mother Town

Kituwah is known as the Mother Town of the Cherokee People.  Hundreds of years ago, Kituwah Mound held the Council House and the first fire.  Around the mound was the Cherokee village.  During the time of the Removal (1830’s), the land was taken from the Cherokee including Kituwah.   Just within the last 25 years, the land has been returned the People.  Today it is many acres of farm land, although there is no village, the People use the land for gardens, dancing ceremonies and other important events Town

How to submit your virtual results

Thank you for registering for 2021 Cherokee Choices Mother's Day DIY 5K Run/Walk. Our goal is to keep everyone active and safe while still celebrating all of our wonderful Moms.

This “do it yourself” event will allow participants to run or walk at any time and any location that is convenient and safe for you and your families. Run around the block, on trails, go down to the track, or even run on a treadmill. You don't even have to live in Western NC - so please invite friends and family in other states or countries to join the fun. And remember - Mother's Day is on the 10th so make a point to get your Mom, Auntie, or any special lady in your life to get out for some exercise. [Don't forget to make her a card too.]

While not required – you can submit your time for inclusion in the online “just for fun” results. We will collect times beginning this morning - Friday May 1st - until Monday May 10th. Once approved they will be posted. To see them click on the RESULTS tab at https://runsignup.com/mothersday5k

There are three ways to submit your results:

Sign into your RunSignUp.com account >> Click on your "Profile" in the upper right corner >> Next to "Cherokee Choices Mother's Day 5K", on the right side, you'll see "Submit Virtual Results" >> click and then follow the instructions to "Submit Results". Easy.

OR 

Go to the Cherokee Choices Mother's Day 5K site https://runsignup.com/mothersday5k >> Click on the "RESULTS" tab in the upper right >> from there following the "Find A Participant" instructions to access your registration details >> Once there >> click and then follow the instructions to "Submit Results". Easy.

OR

Send us an email with your Name and Time by clicking on the "VIRTUAL RACE CONTACT INFO" link below. For additional proof of your 5K run/walk time send a photo or screenshot of your Garmin, Strava, or other smart device to info "@" eventmercenaries.com.

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Don't like your time? Go Run or walk the same route again then submit a new time. We'll replace any/all previous times with the new one. Why not challenge your self to improve your time every day.

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Rules: This is a "Just for fun - Do it yourself - FUNdraiser" - so there are No Rules. Everyone's on the honor system = please use a phone app like MapMyRun or Strava, run 12.5 laps around the track, or follow a local 5K route (like the Kituwah course) to log your 5K run/walk. If you really want to "prove" you ran a 16:30 5K - email us a photo or screenshot of your Garmin, Strava, or other smart device to info "@" eventmercenaries.com. [If you can run that fast - we'll be certain to forward it on to USA Track & Field.]

Now get out there and Run/Walk with Your Mom!!

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