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PREGNANT WOMEN TO RACE IN ‘5K MAMAS FAMILY FUN RUN’
Race to take place September 2020; open to the public
HOUSTON – Jan. 2, 2020 – Dozens of pregnant women will lace up their sneakers this Fall for the 2nd Annual 5K Mamas Family Fun Run, hosted by the health and wellness nonprofit organization, 9 Months of 5K. The race will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at 7 a.m. at MacGregor Park, located at 5225 Calhoun. The day will also include a 1K run for kids, a virtual run option for those who are not able to participate in person and a diaper drive to benefit resource-constrained and low-income families. The 5k Mamas Family Fun Run is open to the public, and all are welcomed and encouraged to get involved.
Dr. Alexia McClerkin, founder of 9 Months of 5K, decided to create the race after her own positive experience of consistent workouts and races during her second pregnancy. What began as a desire to complete one 5K race every month of her pregnancy led to her running ten 5Ks, two 10Ks, a quarter marathon, half marathon and three triathlons.
“We have been educating pregnant moms through workshops and speaking engagements. Now, we want to put our work into action through this race and other engaging events to dispel the misconception that pregnant women shouldn’t work out or run. It’s totally healthy for mom and baby,” Dr. McClerkin said.
9 Months of 5K exists to oust myths about physical fitness for pregnant women by educating them on the benefits of staying active throughout their pregnancies. In addition to health and wellness programs, women also receive information about post-partum job training and career placement, scholarships and educational funding, transportation assistance, lactation support, and access to baby essentials such as diapers and formula.
Dr. McClerkin formed the organization after successfully establishing herself as a trusted chiropractor in the Houston area, specializing in sports and wellness. Her experience spans the sports world, including working with collegiate clients as well as in the NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, and the Olympics.
To find event information or purchase tickets for the 5K Mamas Family Fun Run, visit www.9monthsof5k.org. Proceeds from the event will benefit 9 Months of 5K programs, which include prenatal services and workshops for low-income expectant mothers.