SACO – The last page in the 2019 calendar is nearly ready to be turned, and for some in Saco, Biddeford, and Old Orchard Beach, that means it is one day closer to the annual Mary’s Walk and Kerrymen 5K weekend. For some of this year’s participants, Sunday, March 22, will be the first time they have taken to the streets surrounding Thornton Academy to raise money for the fight against cancer. Many others have been connected in one way or another with this significant and redemptive community event for more than a decade.
For Gene Libby, the founder of the event, it remains a profound and vital reminder of what a community can do as they try to make the world we live in a more meaningful and better place. This year, the organizers of the event have lowered the registration price for two days. If participants register (MarysWalk.org) on December 31, or on January 1, the cost of registration is only $20.20.
“In many ways, the event has become an integral part of our community, and we’d like to encourage as many people as possible to come out and support our efforts,” Libby said.
The Maine Cancer Foundation, in support of Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K, sent out the following email about the upcoming event and the two-day flash sale.
“We can’t wait to celebrate year 22 of Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K on March 22.
And for TWO days only (12/31 and 1/1), we’re running a special 2020 flash sale to ring in the new year!
Runners and walkers can register for just $20.20!
Sign up today or tomorrow to take advantage of the sale, and you’ll get a free t-shirt, too!
Runners: $20.20 (regularly $35)
Walkers: $20.20 (regularly $25)
(Please note that this special pricing applies only to new registrants)
As always, children 12 and under are free, and everyone who registers gets access to the post-event food court. Gather your friends and family and join us for this fun and important event.”
Libby pointed out that many of the people who help organize the event have regularly been meeting for several months to plan for this year’s race and walk. “They all volunteer so much of their time with the hope of making a difference in the fight against cancer in Maine,” he said.
“I am always amazed at the turnout and the number of smiling faces we see that day,” he continued. “I hope that this year will be no different.”