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Sandy Helping Hands organization gears up for Mother's Day run

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Sandy-area families turn out to celebrate Mother's Day with fitness-focused festivities. Changing people's idea about what "running like a girl" looks like and bringing families together, Sandy Helping Hands hopes to see everyone at the starting line of the "Run Like Mom" 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13.

Pets are also invited, and water and snacks will be provided along the Tickle Creek Trail course. Participants are asked to meet at the bus barn, 16765 S.E. 362nd Drive near the Fred Meyer store. Registration opens at 8:15 a.m.

From there, all involved will walk down 362nd Drive to the west entrance for the Tickle Creek Trail together to start the run.

The event began as a fundraiser four years ago, but group President Machel Heldstab says it is now donation-only.

"It's more about just community building and a chance for family to get out with their kids," Heldstab explains. "It's an event to "visit (with) your neighbor and celebrate moms."

The suggested donation is $5 and will go to benefit the nonprofit organization.

Runners' starting time is 9 a.m., and walkers will start at 9:15 a.m.

There is a waiver participants must print out and bring with them.

To complete the waiver or for more information about the run, visit www.facebook.com/events/227133341074955.