Amy Baum Chairs CHANA’s Race Against Abuse

Amy Baum has run her fair share of races, including the Baltimore Half Marathon, but on Mother’s Day, May 13, she will be running for something different. That’s the day when she will be participating in the Race Against Abuse, CHANA’s 10K and Fun Run, in memory of her mother, Barbi Hyman, a former prevention educator at CHANA.

Baum, who first conceived of a race shortly after her mother passed away, also is chairing the 10K. She is excited that it will raise funds for CHANA, a program of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, to support CHANA’s work preventing and helping those suffering from domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse in Baltimore.

We spoke with Baum, who lives in Ruxton with her husband, Jeff , and two boys, Eli and Noah.

How did the idea for a race begin?

My mom passed away in November, 2016. The following May, I faced my first Mother’s Day without her. I felt I needed a way to turn my first Mother’s Day without my mom into something positive. I organized a run for family and friends at Lake Roland. Thirty people came. Some walked, some ran and then we gathered under the canopy I rented for bagels. I talked about CHANA. Everyone brought a donation for the organization.

And this year?

I decided to expand the idea. This year, the race will be held on the NCR Trail. I believe that the cause we are supporting is so important, particularly with everything in the world that has been going on, and the revelations about sexual harassment and the establishment of the #MeToo movement. I’m hoping that CHANA’s Race Against Abuse will be the beginning of something really big.

Is it just for runners?

No. You don’t have to be a runner to participate. We also encourage those who want to walk to participate in a 1.8 mile fun run.

What did you learn from your mother?

My mother always said, “You only have so many beans in your pocket…so use them wisely” and she lived her life in a way that fi lled her up. She cared deeply about empowering women. She felt it was important for women to have confi dence and be self-assured and she wanted them to be in healthy relationships.

She made me aware of how many unhealthy relationships exist and she was determined to get people talking. She wanted to give kids the language to speak out so we could prevent a lot of suffering.

What did she hope the students she spoke with would walk away with?

I think she would say, “Trust your gut. Surround yourself with people who lift you up and value you. If it feels uncomfortable or feels off , get out.”

What would you like to say to your Mom when you cross that fi nish line?

Don’t worry, Mom. You have given us everything we needed and more. We will use our beans wisely and we will continue to do the work that was so important to you.

Through its annual allocation, The Associated supports CHANA’s work with domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse.

To learn more about the race and to register, go to chanabaltimore.org/race.