Health & wellness

For Mother’s Day, why not take mom for a run?

This year for Mother’s Day, instead of taking mom to brunch, or sending her to the spa or on a shopping spree, why not run a race together? She’s sure to treasure a race T-shirt more than a bouquet of flowers. Besides, you can always go to brunch after you’ve run a few miles together — and really earned those pancakes! Mother’s Day races abound across the region. Here’s a sampling:

Melrose Run for Women The 3.5-mile race is billed as a family event and a “unique way to celebrate Mother’s Day.”
A portion of entry fees is donated to the Melrose Alliance Against Violence, a domestic violence prevention and education organization. Online registration is available until Wednesday, but you can register in person either at Marathon Sports or as late as the morning of the race at Pine Banks Park. For more information: mrfw

12th annual M.O.M.’s Run 5k for
This 5-kilometer run starts and ends in Davis Sqaure in Somerville and honors Mary O’Brien, a longtime Somerville resident — and mother and grandmother — who died from cancer, according to the event’s website. Organizers say that all of the money raised goes to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Oh, and there’s beer and barbecue after the run, too. For more information:



Boston Ski & Sports Club, the social sporting organization that has leagues for all kinds of athletics, is offering indoor coed pickup volleyball at the West Newton Armory for the next two Friday nights, until May 16. All levels are welcome, and a coordinator will be there to group players based on skill level and experience. Organizers say that if you’re new to volleyball, you’ll learn something; if you’re advanced, you’ll compete. Either way, it’s a healthier way to spend a Friday evening than on a barstool. There’s no need to pre-register, just show up. More info:

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