Ararat prepares for seventh annual Mother’s Day Classic

Jade Randall and Sharon Mann during last years Ararat Mother s Day Classic. Picture: PETER PICKERINGARARAT will be among the record number of regional Australian towns that will hold a Mother’s Day Classic event this year to help raise money for breast cancer research.

To be held on Sunday, May 10, the Ararat Mother’s Day Classic is an entertaining and family-friendly event that offers people of all ages the chance to participate in a non-competitive, inspiring and fun walk or run that raises vital funds for research.

In its seventh year, Ararat’s Classic will be bigger and better than ever in 2015. Once again both the four kilometre and eight kilometre courses will start and finish at Richardson Oval in Golf Links Road.

On the day registrations will commence from 9am with events beginning at 10am.

This year will see 104 locations, including every capital city, stage an event. Regional areas large and small, from Broken Hill to a cattle station at Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory are involved.

Get your family, friends and fitness fans together for a fun and meaningful way to start Mother’s Day.

The Mother’s Day Classic, as a whole, is in its 18th year.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women, with about 40 new diagnoses each day.

The event, initiated by Women in Super, will this year pass the $25 million mark in funds raised for National Breast Cancer Foundation research, achieving a lasting impact on survival statistics and providing research answers for a range of other cancers.

Mother’s Day Classic national chair, Louise Davidson, said close to 500 people across Ararat participated together in the event last year and she expected this number to increase in 2015.

“Our event honours those who have faced breast cancer, yet we are getting increasing numbers of participants with no direct links to the disease,” Ms Davidson said.

“They want to take part because they recognise that this is a great cause and a wonderful, healthy family activity to do together.

“Those looking for an appreciated present for Mother’s Day should check with Mum about registration.

“Many Mums tell us that this is the present they want, more so than noodle necklaces or novelty bedsocks. It’s a fun family activity that supports vital research, providing Mums and their loved ones with a meaningful way to mark Mother’s Day.”

Ms Davidson said that for every pink wig and tutu out on the course, there will be participants wearing tribute cards to honour loved ones living with breast cancer and remember those lost to the disease.

“We try to make Mother’s Day Classic a fun and memorable day out, but we never lose sight of our purpose,” she said.

“We’d encourage all ages and levels of fitness to get involved it doesn’t matter how you walk or run, or even how fast, it just matters why.”

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