2019 Mother’s Day Classic

Eight women die every day from breast cancer in Australia and more than 3000 people will lose their lives to breast cancer in 2019.

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This morning, Sunday the 12/5/19 I participated in the Port Macquarie Mother’s Day classic, with all funds raised going directly to helping fund scientists find a cure for breast cancer along with better treatments with less side effects.

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It was not only an incredible 5km run event but was also a deeply moving, thoughtful & uplifting remembrance of those loved ones lost to cancer & was simultaneously an inspirational celebration of all the brave survivors of this disease.

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Cancer survivors & their family members were among the hundreds present & the sight of so many people unified by their dedication to this cause who donned bright pink colours & filled every inch of the pavement was a stirring tribute that I feel fortunate to have witnessed & been a part of.

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The brisk morning air that whipped off the river route hit me like a cold punch in the lungs & was an unexpected shock to my system that admittedly slowed me down in parts but I managed to adjust my pace in these parts of the run so as to not burn out my cardio engine & managed to come back strong & finish the run with an official time of 00:32:21. Considering I am in the first 6 months of my running training & the Mother’s Day Classic was just my second official 5k run I am pretty bloody thrilled with my effort & progress!

 

Full credit goes to the local volunteers who turned a fun run/walk into a moving, uplifting & downright fun experience for all who were involved – young, old & canine friends all had an incredible morning. The Mother’s Day Classic delivered in so many ways & more, & was true to the description by volunteers in pre-race media as a way to “Make Mother’s Day Mean More”.

 

Till next time,

-Allysha

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