About Us


RJ and Claire, the Race Directors, met during their graduate studies at the University of South Florida in 2007. Their love of fitness, competition, and fun brought them together to start a creative project on their own. They decided to launch 5K races that families could do together to create lasting memories, while also giving back to charity. The Great Mother’s Day Race launched in Tampa, FL in 2012, and The Great Father’s Day Race followed in 2013 at Al Lopez Park in Tampa.

A small bit of history…In 2013, the Great Mother’s Day Race had 180 participants in Tampa only. In 2016, the family fun race drew over 1,000 total participants in Tampa AND Sarasota.  We’ve experienced year over year growth, and people look forward to this family tradition; we’ve even seen four generations of family members at the events! We’re proud to say that 2016 marked the 5th Anniversary of this local 5K favorite. We hope to continue growing and be the premiere Mother’s Day event in Florida in 2018!

RJ Huebert– RJ is originally from Erie, PA and from an early age has been active, starting with playing ice hockey, and then graduating to long distance running. An avid runner, he has completed four marathons, all at Disney World, and multiple half marathons, as well as 5Ks. It was through this love of running that he knew that he could give back to the race community in the form of excellent events. Currently, RJ lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his amazing fiance Taylor, and his chocolate lab Coco.

Email RJ at robert.huebert@greatmothersdayrace.com.

Claire Selius– Claire has moved around most of her life, but spent her younger years in snowy Ohio.  She grew up playing almost all sports, but got involved with ultimate Frisbee at Edinboro University and found her favorite. After captaining the USF women’s Frisbee team for 2 years, Claire now plays on various club teams in the Tampa Bay area. Florida was a dream, and then Claire got into USF for grad school.  It was then she found her brother from another mother, RJ. Running is a hobby to stay in shape, but RJ would smoke her in any race. She currently lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida with her Cockapoo, Yatzee.

Email Claire at claire.selius@greatmothersdayrace.com.

Here’s what some of our friends had to say

See us in action!

Life with my Loves: Great Mother’s Day Race 

Tampa Tribune: Great Mother’s Day Race Promotes Family Fitness

The Not-so-Modern Housewife: Great Mother’s Day Race Recap

Tampa Bay Moms Blog: Great Mother’s Day Race Giveaway

Mindy’s Fitness Journey: The Great Mother’s Day Race Recap