Edmonds Moms still running this town through annual fundraiser

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Edmonds Moms Run participants cross Caspers Street.
Edmonds Moms Run participants cross Caspers Street.

The third annual Edmonds Moms Run This Town event got off to a fast start on Wednesday evening as a group of more than 30 moms, dads, and kids accompanied by a convoy of strollers left the Edmonds United Methodist Church to complete a course that would take them along the waterfront to Marina Beach Park and back.

“This is our big fundraising event of the year,” said Kate Nichols, coordinator of the local Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) chapter based at the EUMC.

Local MOPS chapter members stand by the sign identifying the sponsors of this year's Edmonds Moms Run This Town event. L to R, Lindsay Crawford, Heidi Morris, Heather Damron, Kate Nichols, Megan Harrington and Tracy Perkins
Local MOPS chapter members stand by the sign identifying the sponsors of this year’s Edmonds Moms Run This Town event. From left, Lindsay Crawford, Megan Harrington, Heather Damron, Heidi Morris, Kate Nichols and Tracy Perkins

Money raised helps support Washington Kids in Transition, the annual EUMC Holiday Toy Shop, the Edmonds Food Bank and more. Local sponsors include Five Restaurant, Salt and Iron Restaurant, Swedish/Edmonds, Nama’s Candy, the Edmonds IGA Market and My Edmonds News.

A worldwide group, MOPS is dedicated to connecting moms everywhere into neighborhood communities, where they meet to share experiences and support each other. Targeted to moms with kids from birth to Kindergarten age, MOPS believes that moms are world influencers, and become stronger and more effective when they learn from each other.

The group departs from Edmonds United Methodist Church.
The group departs from Edmonds United Methodist Church.

“Our group has about 30 members,” said Nichols, “and at this point we have room for about five more.”

The group meets twice monthly and offers speakers on a range of subjects including parenting, relationship issues, and emergency preparedness. They also sponsor craft workshops and outreach meetings.

Runners take advantage of Sunset Avenue's paved pathway.
Runners take advantage of Sunset Avenue’s paved pathway.

Nichols explained that the size of the group is limited by available child care during group functions. “We’d love to grow more,” she explained, “and we’re able to pay for child care.” Nichols encourages anyone who is interested in helping out to contact her through the EUMC at 425-778-2119.

“Any moms interested in joining the group may contact me at the same number,” she added.

— Story and photos by Larry Vogel

A group of runners takes a quick break at the Marina Beach Park turn-around before heading back.
A group of runners takes a quick break at the Marina Beach Park turn-around before heading back.
After the run is complete, participants enjoy pizza from Portofino's Restaurant.
After the run is complete, participants enjoy pizza from Portofino’s Restaurant.

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