By ELOISE WALTON [email protected]
More than 2,300 runners and walkers took part in the ninth annual Mamamaratona on October 25 to raise awareness about breast cancer and fund a special project for cancer patients in the region.
Maria de Lurdes Pereira, a spokeswoman from the Algarve Oncology Association (AOA) which organises the event, told the Algarve Resident: “It was a wonderful day with thousands of people and 30 groups of runners and associations taking part from across the region.”
Algarve running groups including Sue’s Road Runners were some of the participants in the race that started at the Portimão Expo Arade site. Those in the race could choose a five kilometre route or a longer eight kilometre circuit.
Maria de Lurdes added: “We do not yet know the full amount that was raised as we are still collecting donations and sponsorship money, however it will be in the thousands and will certainly help towards our projects.”
The funds collected will be used to fund the Casa Flor das Dunas project, which will see the construction of a residential home for cancer patients to stay while undergoing treatment in Faro.
“We would like to thank all of our sponsors, including the train company CP that gave free transport to participants and also wine company Casalinho S.A.,” said Maria de Lurdes.
On the day of the event, there was an outdoor aerobics class and also two cycling instructors who warmed up and entertained the crowds as they patiently waited to begin the race that started promptly at 10am.
On the day, Portimão Câmara councillor Isabel Guerreiro said that she hoped next year’s Mamamaratona would unite 10,000 people.
For more information about this event and the AOA, please visit the website, available in English, at www.mamamaratona.com