Whether you walk, run, cheer or volunteer, the Mother's Day Classic is not only a fun way to spend Mother's Day, it's the largest charity fundraising event in Australia. It's a walk or run of 4 or 8km and draws a great family crowd. It's a national event, taking place in all the main cities and over 50 regional locations, from Ararat to Yamba. Taking place at Main Beach on the Gold Coast, the route is flat and offers beautiful beachfront views, alongside a friendly bunch of runners and walkers.The event offers the opportunity for participants to raise money in support of breast cancer, so pink is the colour of the day. There's a tribute wall, on which people leave messages for or about someone they know whose life has been touched by cancer. I found this quite humbling. If walking or running isn't your thing, you will be most welcome as a volunteer.
The Mother's Day Classic is all about coming together as a community and enjoying the festive spirit of the day while doing something worthwhile for breast cancer.
Research funded by MDC since 1998 has almost reached the $15 million mark. For more information on where the funds raised at Mother's Day Classic go, read the 2013 Classic Investments.
The clip below is a message from the CEO of National Breast Cancer Foundation, Carole Renouf.
Choose to do something meaningful and healthy this Mother's Day and show your support for breast cancer research. Get family and friends to commit with you, by entering as a team. Motivate your fitness group to set the event as a goal. Know someone currently being treated for cancer? Do it for them. Enter in memory of a loved one. There are many reasons to get out there and, to quote Nike, "Just do it".
Click here to enter for the Gold Coast event. For other race locations follow this link.
Where: Main Beach Place Park, Main Beach on the Gold Coast. When: Sunday 12 May 2013, from 7.45am. Registration closing dates:
Earlybird registrations close: 5pm Wednesday 10 April 2013
Mailed entries close: 5pm Wednesday 24 April 2013
Online entries close: 5pm Thursday 9 May 2013
New registrations are also available on the day at the event, from 6am. I'd recommend you arrive early to avoid the queues and secure a parking space that won't mean you have to hike to the start, as parking is in surrounding streets.
The course: The start is on Macarthur Parade near the Southport Surf Lifesaving Club (off Seaworld Drive). It then travels south down The Esplanade and back to the finish at Main Beach Place Park.
The Mother's Day Classic includes lots of activities for kids and adults. These include warm up aerobics, performers, food stands, free massages & entertainment. There's also a kids' activity area, with face painting and a jumping castle. Kids can enter the Mother's Day Classic to walk or run so long as they have permission from their parent. There are spot prizes and all participants receive a medallion.