The third annual Leo's Run 5K Run/Walk will take place on February 5, 2017. The run is in honor of our son, Leo Michael Mowery. He was stillborn on February 2, 2014. As an avid runner, a 5K run / walk around his birthday aides in the healing process and serves as a way to honor our son. He was born on Super Bowl Sunday of 2014 (February 2, 2014). The first annual run was held in February of 2015 and was a tremendous success. Last year marked the second annual running and we were able to expand the participant field. This year we look forward to continuing to build upon what we have been able acccomplish in the first two years. Therefore, we will once again embrace the cold of winter and honor Leo with a run/walk which starts at the East Silver Spring Elementary School (631 Silver Spring Ave), heads down to Sligo Creek Park, where Leo's memorial ceremony was held, and returns to the school through the neighborhood and along the street where Leo would have been raised.
Proceeds from the run go toward Leo's Garden, a registered 501(c)3 non profit, which not only includes the run, but also aspires to start a scholarship for children whose parents have experienced pre-natal loss (i.e. the recipient will have lost a sibling), and supporting and sponsoring creative and artistic activities or therapies such as yoga, art, and outdoor education as a means of promoting the well-being of families who have suffered still birth or other tragic loss.