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May 2 -9, 2021

Western Mass Mother's Day Half Marathon

And 5K!

A Benefit for Cancer Connection

The 10th or is it the 11th (?) Annual Western Mass Mother's Day Half Marathon!
A Benefit for Cancer Connection has gone virtual (again) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past 10 years, this race has raised more than $320,000
for Cancer Connection, Inc. of Northampton, MA, providers of free cancer support services.

Please help us make 2021 the BIGGEST and BEST RACE EVER. 2020 sure threw us for a loop, so we are full-steam ahead with a virtual event for 2021 and if the world opens prior to that and we are allowed to do an in-person event - that will be decided closer to May - we are hoping we get that option too!

For 2021 we have a 5K option, a half marathon option AND a Double Challenge option - do both distances some time between May 2 and May 9, post your time, receive your swag! Medals and t-shirts for the Half distance and Double Challenge...and we are currently working on 5K swag (which will also be added to the Double Challenge!)

How can you do so and stay safe at home?

  1. Donate until May 31st, 2021 to your favorite race participant or make a general donation to the race.
  2. Raise funds from your community: register free as a virtual race participant by Sat. 5/8 at 8 PM. You can run, walk, roller skate, climb stairs in your house, work in your garden, walk your dog--anything you like this year that keeps you and those you love as safe as possible. Post pictures of yourself in a Mother's Day shirt (if you have one - any year!), your times, pictures of your watch if you have one, distances, where you ran... anything you'd like to share about your virtual race.
  3. Volunteer: please share our donation link OR open a fundraising page of your own! Post a photo or video of you cheering on the race participants and our sponsors on the race Facebook page.

A note about donations and the optional race registration fee: NO amount is too small. Please know that 100% of your donations and/or optional race registration fee will go directly to Cancer Connection Inc.

Unfortunately for many, even though much of the world has stopped, cancer has not. Comfort, connection, and strength are available today through Cancer Connection's phone and online services. This is a chance for us to pay it forward, get a run in, volunteer safely from home, and have a little bit of fun.

Thank you so much for participating! Please watch our video of gratitude from 2020 dedicated to all of our supporters!

We are carrying their support over to 2021 and are counting on you, our participants and volunteers, to help pay it forward to Cancer Connection and all of those depending on their services.

Thanks for all of your help to make this virtual event a reality.

Sign up for a virtual 5K, Half Marathon or BOTH!


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Sustaining Sponsors:



Additional Support Provided by:

& S Grocers -- CISA -- East Heaven Hot Tubs -- La Salle Florist
-- Muffins General Market -- Paradise Copies -- Tandem Bagels