For its 25th anniversary, the Mother’s Day Classic is returning at locations across Australia to celebrate and honour those affected by breast cancer, as well as raising vital funds for breast cancer research.
On Sunday, May 8, 2022, supporters across the nation can walk, run or jog to unite for the silver anniversary of this iconic Australian event. Over 1.5 million people have participated in the Mother’s Day Classic for breast cancer research since it started, making it Australia’s largest annual charity fun run and walk.
Breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the country, with nine Australians dying from it every day. In the 24-year history of the Mother’s Day Classic, almost $40 million has been donated to fund breast cancer research.
70 event locations
Mother’s Day Classic CEO Zara Lawless said, ‘Major events are back! We are so excited to announce that there will be up to 70 event locations in major cities, metro areas and regional towns for Australians to register and get active for breast cancer research in 2022.
‘After two challenging years, having to first go virtual and then go local, the Mother’s Day Classic is now ready to deliver a fun and inspiring event experience in a COVID-safe manner that you won’t want to miss,’ she said.
Organisers say participants at venues across Australia will be able to experience the buzz of the event village, with live entertainment, music and food stalls to enjoy throughout the morning on Mother’s Day. Ballina is among the first round of locations to be announced.
Zara Lawless said it was great to be celebrating 25 years of impact with communities across the nation.
‘We cannot wait to see everyone in their pink attire and communities coming together on Mother’s Day to connect and raise awareness for the cause,’ she said.
Run or walk your way
Organisers say that if you can’t join one of the MDC physical events on Mother’s Day, you can create your own event and take part on a different day, time or location.
Participants who register in any of the major cities or who choose to personalise their own day and time will all receive a race pack that includes a 25th anniversary headscarf, race bib and tribute card, plus a commemorative medallion.
There will be an online fundraising dashboard and fitness tracker for participants to use, and those who register before March 7 will receive personalised MDC bibs to wear on event day.
Local participants will receive a commemorative medallion at the finish line and have access to downloadable race bibs and tribute cards, as well as the online fundraising dashboard and fitness tracker.
Find out more and register at mothersdayclassic.com.au.
To help people prepare, this year the Mother’s Day Classic is also running a free, six week communications campaign focused on increasing physical activity of women and girls, in conjunction with Sport Australia.
Zara Lawless said, ‘This free program will encourage and support thousands of women and girls across the nation, including those living in regional and remote communities.
‘The team of coaches, physios and nutritionists will give tips on fitness, training, sleep, nutrition and injury recovery and help motivate one another to get moving.’
Ms Lawless said anyone can get involved via the MDC website.