A sea of pink flowed through city streets on Sunday, with the annual Mother’s Day Classic fun run or walk being held at Melbourne’s famous ‘Tan’ running track.
Thousands of women and men took part, joining their sisters, wives, mothers, daughters and friends, to help raise funds for breast cancer research.
Crowds participated in free pre-race workouts and browsed many stalls handing out free goodies and yummy pre-race treats.
Some companies handed out free coffees and hot drinks, helping walkers and runners warm up on the crisp Melbourne morning.
Race-goers could choose to complete a 4km, 5km or 8km walk or run, which catered to men, women and children of all ages.
This year, the Mother’s Day Classic celebrated its twentieth anniversary, with many people having attended the event since its inception in 1998.
“I’ve been doing this run for over 15 years now, the last 10 of them with my daughters,” said Anna Truille, whose mother passed away from breast cancer.
“It’s such a great opportunity to get out and spend a morning walking around our beautiful city. I just love it, I don’t see myself ever skipping a year.”
“Even if I’m eighty, I think I’ll still be here every year getting involved,” said Ms Truille.
This year’s event, presented by Women in Super, created a tribute wall where race-goers could contribute stories of their cancer experiences or messages of support to sufferers.
Along with social and family groups, many corporate and school teams also got involved, with the team from Monash University taking home the award for the largest higher education team.
Mother’s Day Classic events just like this one are held all over the nation, with every major city hosting one, including Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.
Breast cancer is one of Australia’s most common cancers diagnosed in women, with approximately 48 women diagnosed every day in 2015.
It also can affect men, with one in 700 men developing breast cancer in their lifetime.
In total, the Mother’s Day Classic has raised over $30.4 million since 1998, with all the money going towards finding a cure for breast cancer.
To take part in the race next year, you can register here.
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