Not every step to the finish line comes easily. Kameri Muir ran the Tomato 5K, hosted by the Margaret Maddox Family Y, with her mom Ginger—who had recently undergone gastric bypass surgery. It was not just their first 5K race; it was a new step toward better health. “It was the first time in [my mom’s] life that she put forth this kind of commitment to exercise,” Kameri says. “After her surgery, she was very committed to doing what she needed to do to ensure that she would be successful.”

Kameri’s mom joined a running club, and she began to run on a more regular basis with her new community. “I had never known her to be a runner before,” Kameri said. “She told me that she began in the group with the slowest times and then ended up moving into a new [timing] group as she diligently trained.” Ginger found success with the Potato to Tomato group, which trains for the Tomato 5K each year.

The Potato to Tomato running group

While she wanted to support her mom’s new health goals, Kameri was a bit nervous before the Tomato 5K because she hadn’t trained. She wasn’t sure what to expect. But, she was impressed with her mom’s dedication and wanted to join the race.

On race day, Kameri appreciated the race’s low-pressure environment. “There were people from all across the board with different reasons for coming and different expectations,” she says. When the race began, Ginger kept them on track. “I really counted on her to keep us at a good pace because she knew what she could handle,” Kameri says. “Her steady pace made it much more manageable for me to run the race.” Even near the end, Ginger pushed herself and continued to run—not walk. Kameri was right there with her.

Ginger and her running buddies

At the Tomato 5K finish line, there was a congratulatory crew waiting for the runners: Kameri’s husband and two young sons (Ginger’s grandkids). “All of us were so proud of [my mom’s] commitment to follow through, even though the end was tough,” Kameri says. “To my surprise, she registered to train for a 10K right after the race!”

This year’s Tomato 5K is virtual for the safety of our community—which means that even more friends can join in the fun. On August 7-9, grab your best tomato-themed outfit, map your run, and cheer on the other runners you see as you take on the Tomato 5K in your very own neighborhood. Your race registration includes the annual Tomato 5K race shirt, a discount to the 2021 race, and an exclusive medal for the first 200 registrants! Learn more here.