For some, Mother's Day involved brunch. For others, a few blissful hours to putter in the garden or to read a book.

In Philadelphia, thousands marked the day to honor Mom by walking or running to help protect all women.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the region's largest one-day breast cancer fund-raiser, brought together grandmothers, mothers, mothers-to-be and little girls far too young to be thinking about motherhood.

Men participated too, an important reminder that they are not immune to breast cancer.

They bathed the Art Museum area in the color of the cause, proudly wearing pink in many forms - sweatbands, T-shirts, socks, sneakers, caps and sweatshirts.

This year's race mantra: Unite and Conquer!

Contact Diane Mastrull at 215-854-2466, dmastrull@phillynews.com or @dmastrull on Twitter.