The beloved Mother’s Day Classic returns to Geelong this May raising funds for breast cancer research 

The beloved Mother’s Day Classic returns to Geelong this May raising funds for breast cancer research 

Celebrate the important women in your life by walking, running or jogging and raising vital funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift this year? Why not spend the day supporting thousands of Aussie mums struggling with breast cancer.

This year marks the 25th anniversary for the beloved fun run that brings Australians together on Mother’s Day to celebrate and honour those affected by breast cancer and raise vital funds for breast cancer research.

On Sunday, May 8, 2022, supporters across the nation can walk, run or jog to unite for the silver anniversary of this iconic Australian event which has made a significant impact on improving the diagnosis, treatment and management of breast cancer in Australia.

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Over 1.5 million people have participated in the Mother’s Day Classic for breast cancer research over the past 24 years, donating almost $40 million t0 game-changing breast cancer research, making it Australia’s largest annual charity fun run and walk.

“Major events are back! We are so excited to announce that there will be up to 70 event locations in major cities, metro areas and regional towns for Australians to register and get active for breast cancer research in 2022,” said Mother’s Day Classic CEO, Zara Lawless.

“After two challenging years, having to first go virtual and then go local, the Mother’s Day Classic is now ready to deliver a fun and inspiring event experience in a COVID-safe manner that you won’t want to miss.”

Geelong is once again among the major cities hosting the traditional MDC event, with others including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Darwin, Hobart, Geelong and Western Sydney.

Taking to Eastern Park, Geelong on Sunday 8th May 2022, there will be the buzz of the event village, live entertainment, music and food stalls to enjoy throughout the morning on Mother’s Day. The event offers a 4km and 8km walk or run, and you’re encouraged to donate or commit to fundraising when you register.

“It’s great to be welcoming back our traditional MDC event experiences and celebrating 25 years of impact with communities right across the nation,” Ms Lawless said.

“We cannot wait to see everyone in their pink attire and communities coming together on Mother’s Day to connect and raise awareness for the cause.”

Proceeds from the fun run go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for breast cancer research to improve outcomes for those affected by breast cancer. The Mother’s Day Classic Foundation supports the NBCF’s goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030. There is still so much work that needs to be done to ensure that women can live free of breast cancer in the future.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia and sadly, nine Australians die from it every single day.

If you prefer staying local this year, there is an option to walk or run at one of the many smaller,  local events that will be held across Australia on Mother’s Day. In Victoria, these small events will happen in Alexandra, Bairnsdale, Bendigo, Bemm River, Box Hill, Caroline Springs, Chelsea, Drouin, Eynesbury, Girgarre, Horsham, Lysterfield, Mansfield, Mildura, Shepparton, Stawell Templestowe, Traralgon/Toongabbie, Wonthaggi, Warrnambool, and Wycheproof.

And if you can’t join one of the MDC physical events on Mother’s Day, you can personalise an event to create your very own MDC experience and take part on a different day, time or location.

Participants who register in any of the major cities or who choose to personalise their own day and time will all receive a race pack that includes a 25th-anniversary headscarf, race bib and tribute card, plus a commemorative medallion.

This year, Mother’s Day Classic in partnership with Sport Australia is running a free, six-week communications campaign focused on increasing physical activity of women and girls right across Australia who are preparing for the iconic event.

“We so excited to launch MDC Move on March 28 via our website,,” said Mother’s Day Classic CEO, Zara Lawless.

“This free program will encourage and support thousands of women and girls across the nation, including those living in regional and remote communities. The team of coaches, physios and nutritionists will give tips on fitness, training, sleep, nutrition and injury recovery and help motivate one another to get moving.”

So this Mother’s Day, move with MDC, join your community at one of the many locations around Australia, and support and honour those touched by breast cancer.

Get active for breast cancer research and register online for the 2022 Mother’s Day Classic here.