SACO – Winter is finally settling in throughout the state and as runners and walkers contemplate when the roads and trails will once again be ice and snow free, the organizers of Mary’s Walk and The Kerrymen 5K have sent out a gentle reminder to save the date, to dream of warmer spring days.
This year’s events will take place on Sunday, March 24, 2019, and the walk and the run will begin at 12 and 12:15 p.m. The course for both events remains the same. The walk begins at Thornton Academy (438 Main Street) and ends in the parking lot behind the Kerrymen Pub (512 Main Street). The course follows the route that was once traveled by Mary Kerry Libby as she walked through the city where she and her family lived.
Mary’s Walk began in 1999 as a unique way to recognize and remember Mary Kerry Libby, a much-loved member of the Saco-Biddeford community, after she passed away from Burkitt’s Lymphoma.
What started as a simple memorial stroll through town, with a few hundred participants, has evolved into a major community effort that has attracted more than 50,000 participants in its 20-year span and raised more than $3 million to support Maine-based cancer programs.
“The walk and the run continue to be signature spring events for our community,” said Gene Libby. “I am grateful and thrilled with all that we have done over the years to help fight cancer in Maine.”
“The registration website is open now,” said Tony Leblanc, the treasurer for the organization. “If runners register before February 1, they are guaranteed a run shirt and last year, we had a significant number of registrations during January. This year, we hope to sell out.”
There are often more than 3,500 people who participate in both events and the day culminates with runners and walkers gathered in the food court behind the pub as they reconnect and compare notes about their walk or run.
“In some respects, it’s like a big block party for the city,” said Ken Janson, a member of the organizing committee. “Everywhere you turn, people are smiling.”
For more information about the event or the registration process, please visit: MarysWalk.org
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