One sure sign of spring for those who live in the Biddeford/Saco area will occur this year on March 20 when approximately 3,500 walkers and runners gather at Thornton Academy and take to the streets for the annual Mary’s Walk and Kerrymen 5k run.
These two events have been part of the community for more than a decade and were originally organized by Gene Libby as a way to honor his wife, Mary Kerry Libby, a much-loved member of the Saco-Biddeford community who passed away from Burkitt’s Lymphoma.
What started as a simple memorial stroll through town with a few hundred people has evolved into a major community effort that has attracted over 50,000 participants in its 17-year span and raised nearly $3 million to support Maine-based cancer programs.
In 2015, Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5k, raised more than $300,000 and attracted a record 3,500 participants to downtown Saco. The organizing committee hopes those numbers will continue and the turnout will be better than ever.
Those who register for the walk or the run by Feb. 1 are guaranteed to receive a t-shirt or race shirt and all the proceeds from the events will stay in the state of Maine to help those who are working to find a cure for cancer.
For more information about the events, or to register, go to: http://www.maryswalk.org