How did the Women’s Fund Tiara 5K get started?
A small group of women approached the Women’s Fund about founding a race on Mother’s Day. Some of them participated in an event in Marshfield, but hated to have to get up so early on mother’s day to travel to the race. Hence, the Tiara 5K was born. One of the women sat on the leadership council of the Women’s Fund and thought the event would be a great fundraising effort for their cause. She asked us if we would be willing to host the event at our restaurant, Oxford Creamery. We knew a little about the Women’s Fund, but thought it would be a great way for us to learn more about the non-profit and give back to the community. We gathered a group of friends, some runners, some not, and started to research what it would take to put on this event. Armed with a 12 page to do list we found off the internet, a group of enthusiastic, committed friends, and the talented Women’s Fund staff, we got to work. Ironically, we didn’t realize that to pull off an early morning race, the organizers needed to be on site at 6am, which is earlier than the women had departed for the race in Marshfield!
How has the race grown over the years?
In year one, we didn’t know what to expect. Volunteers were our close friends and Women’s Fund supporters, and early sponsors, as well. We were shocked when close to 300 people showed up for the first year and we raised close to $10,000. Last year was our 6th year and we had over 1100 participants, both for the Kids Fun Run and the 5K, and raised over $56,000. Our committee has grown to more than a dozen, we have close to 75 volunteers helping out the day of the race. We’ve upgraded to chip timing, have ordered 6 port-o-johns for this year and found a terrific DJ with a remote mic! The southcoast region has really embraced this event. We believe it’s a wonderful, healthy way for families to celebrate the women in their lives, while supporting the mission of the Women’s Fund; to advance the educational attainment and economic security of women and girls in Southeastern Massachusetts.
How can I sign up for the race or get involved?
Ken and I have really enjoyed hosting this event. It’s part of the culture of the Creamery. Our staff looks forward to it every year – putting up the orange safety fence, cutting oranges, and passing out ice cream samples. The event is a great example of the power of community involvement. All are part of the whole: the runners and walkers, the volunteers, and the staff and members of the Women’s Fund. Everyone comes together to make this event happen. We feel lucky to be in a town that supports our efforts, and welcomes this regional event. We hope to see you on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 12th!