One Mother of a Run

People race off for the 2018 Mother of a Run event put on by the Lodi Optimist Club.

The Lodi Optimist Club will be having their annual Mother of a Run event Saturday, May 11, featuring a kids run, 5K, 10K and half marathon.

Optimist Club President Geoff Lorenz said the event has grown over the years and has recently become the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

“Traditionally, it’s been the pig roast event we’ve had,” Lorenz said. “We also do the Super Bowl pancake breakfast. It’s just grown exponentially over the years, which is great. There’s really something for everybody.”

He said there’s already been a large number of participants signed up for the event, with another rush expected to register the day before the run.

The course was changed last year due to the construction of the Lodi Primary School. However, now with it complete, Lorenz said the Optimist Club will be reverting to the original route. He said people of all ages are getting actively involved with this yearly event.

“We got people who are recognizing the numbers and the runners as they finish, calling out people that finish, so that’s really neat for the people who run and for the kids too,” Lorenz said.

Proceeds from the event will go to supporting Lodi youth programs. The Optimist Club currently covers the insurance cost for all youth sports for the year, which is around $7,000. They also accept grant and fundraiser requests from youth programs.

The event will take place 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 11 at Lodi High School, 1100 Sauk St. Race information can be found on

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