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Hundreds participate in annual Mother's Day half marathon

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Mother’s Day is always the second Sunday in May, and that is where runners from all over the country come to compete in the Western Mass Mother's Day half marathon.

This event was established to honor Sue Monahan’s dad who passed from cancer, and anyone else fighting the disease.

“Everything here is donated,” Sue stated. “And any money raised goes to Cancer Connection. It happened to work out that the year we organized this I, myself was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, I’m a survivor and it means even more to have people show up.”

She's not the only survivor to take the course.

Joan Griswald is back to race after completing cancer treatments herself.

“I’m also a survivor,” says Joan. “l walked in this event five years ago while I was going through chemo treatment. Five years later, I’m back.”

Many people participated to honor those who lost their life to or are fighting cancer, but others just took it as an event to get together on Mother’s Day and celebrate.

“I came all the way from Ohio to participate,” said runner Tim McMurtry. “My mom was a stay-at-home mom, raised seven kids, so she’s something else.”

Sue stated that if you would like to participate in next year’s event, she opens up the registration in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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