Help the fight against cancer by participating in the 8th Annual Mary O'Brien Memorial (M.O.M.) 5k Run & Walk. Registration is now open online for the Mother's Day event. Get fit for a good cause.
Mary Pilotte O'Brien, Somerville resident and active community member, lost her battle with cancer in 2002. O'Brien's son, Gordon Pilotte, and his siblings, have been coordinating the event ever since. "It's in memory of my mom," Pilotte said. "I really like to see everyone lined up at the starting line. You never know who'll show up. It's nice to see how many people support it."
In addition to directing the event, Pilotte also runs the Boston Marathon to raise money for cancer research. His donations earned from the marathon as well as the proceeds from M.O.M.'s Run benefit the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
The Run & Walk will take place on Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 9:45 AM. Registration will begin at 8 AM at the Dilboy V.F.W. Post in Davis Square, where the 5k course will start and finish.
Go for a practice walk and see how easy it is. Proceed up Summer Street to Willow Avenue. Take a right onto Highland Avenue and continue past the high school. Then take another right onto Vinal Avenue and head back to the Dilboy Post on Summer Street. Don't forget to take a water break half way through.
If you register before May 1st it only costs $20 dollars, and $25 after that or on the day of the race. Sign up before April 24th to receive a free commemorative tank top.
Six trophies and gift certificates for massages will be given to the overall top three men and women. First and second place finishers in selected age groups will receive a medal.
A sightseeing flight for three over Boston, and Red Sox tickets are just two of the many prizes that will be raffled off at the event. After the race, snacks and drinks will be served.
Register now online or download a registration form and mail it with your payment to: M.O.M.'s Run, P.O. BOX 560213 WEST MEDFORD, MA 02156. If you can't make the event, donate online by visiting the M.O.M.'s Run website at: MomsRun.org and click on the link that says, Gordon's Dana Farber fundraising page.