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Posted by portugalpress on October 11, 2018

Over 5,000 people took part in Portimão’s Mamamaratona, the popular annual walk/race event held on Sunday (October 7) that aims to raise awareness about breast cancer, promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage people to stay active as a preventative measure.

The event is organised by the Algarve Oncology Association (AOA), which receives some of the proceeds from the day’s races and has been described as the “largest sports charity event south of the Tejo River”.

How much money was raised is still being determined. In previous years, as much as €25,000 has been raised from the event.

This year, Mamamaratona was different in that it integrated a larger initiative entitled ‘Portugal a Correr’ (Portugal Running).

The six-kilometre Mamamaronta walk/run was the only event to raise money for the AOA, while two other races were held by sports company Global Sport in association with Portimão council and the Algarve Athletics Association.

Apart from the races, there were also warm-up exercises, races for children, activities for the elderly and a health fair. The bulk of the activities took place along the town’s riverside.

According to the World Health Organisation, breast cancer is the most frequent cancer among women, impacting 2.1 million women each year, and also causes the greatest number of cancer-related deaths among women.

It adds that in order to improve breast cancer outcomes and survival, “early detection is critical”.

Photos: Facebook Marchas do Algarve

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