Families celebrate their mothers before Mother's Day with 5K race

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Posted at 6:40 AM, May 08, 2021

SMITHFIELD, Va. - Mothers and families gathered at the state line to participate in this year's "I Heart Mom 5K" race on Saturday, May 8.

The race celebrates mothers and Mother's Day, but J&A Racing -- the organization hosting the event -- said the race also celebrates community health, community and being outdoors.

This is the first year the race was in-person at Windsor Castle Park in Smithfield. The organizers said the race was held virtually in 2020 because of the pandemic.

The race had individual runners, but also teams of mothers and their children and families. The race will also serve as a fundraiser to help preserve Windsor Castle for which the park is named after.

The race started at 8:30 a.m., and wound through the trails of Windsor Castle Park with an after-party after the end of the race at 11 a.m. It was $55 to sign up or $110 for teams of mothers and their families.

The start and finish line was near the intersection of Jericho Road and Dan Smith Drive, near the parking lot.