Participants run the beach for breast cancer awareness

HUNDREDS of enthusiastic participants walked, jogged or ran Bellerive Beach on Mother’s Day to raise funds and awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

After the 2020 Mother’s Day Classic was forced to go virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 event included three brand new locations at Bellerive, Launceston and Devonport.

Even though smaller in size and more informal than what had been hosted in the past, the events were high on community spirit.

Participants loved the new Bellerive location, enjoying the beach and stunning views that the Eastern Shore offered.

“This year has been incredible to see the community get behind this great event and for the first time in history, we saw the event expanded into Launceston and Devonport,” event manager Tasmania Nikki Long said.

“This year, we also made history with participants able to take part and register their furry friends for the very first time.

“We look forward to getting active for breast cancer research in 2022 and celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic.”

The Mother’s Day Classic is held in 75 locations across Australia, with tens of thousands of people participating each year.

Ms Long said 2021 was her fourth year being the event manager for the Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run.

“This year it was far more personal for me as I dedicated this event to my very own mum who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2020,” she said.

“When finding out my mum had been diagnosed with breast cancer, she set herself a goal to take part for the very first time alongside many others who were experiencing the same journeys as she had been.”

Since 1998, the Mother’s Day Classic Foundation has raised almost $38 million for breast cancer research.

People can still donate, with fundraising open until 30 June 2021.

For more information, visit mothersdayclassic.com.au.

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