Portimão hosts 17th Mamamaratona to raise breast cancer awareness

Thousands are expected to take part in Portimão’s 17th Mamamaratona on Sunday morning (October 8). The hugely popular walk/race against breast cancer is held every year along the riverside and aims to raise awareness as well as funds for the Algarve Oncology Association (AOA).

Described as the “largest sports charity event south of the Tejo River”, the Mamamaratona features three options for those interested in taking part.

The walk starts at 10am with participants asked to gather along the riverside area, near the old fish auction house (Antiga Lota). The route is 8km-long.

There will also be a mini-marathon (10kms) and a half-marathon (21kms).

“This initiative aims to attract both professional athletes and amateurs, as well as anyway who wants to ‘wear the jersey’ for this cause,” the AOA says.

Walkers and runners can register for the event at the following locations: Faro – AOA headquarters, Forum Algarve; Portimão – Aqua; Continente shopping centres, public hospital and Arade pharmacy.

It costs between €5 and €20 depending on when and which option you sign up for.

Signing up on the day of the event is also possible but costs an extra euro.

The event has raised around €25,000 in recent years.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, both in the developed and less developed world. It is said to be increasing particularly in developing countries where the majority of cases are diagnosed in late stages.

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