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 Mary’s Place by the Sea 10th Annual Walk-A-Thon & 3rd Annual 5K Run

October 2 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

 Mary’s Place by the Sea will host its 10th Annual Walk-A-Thon and 3rd Annual 5K Run IN-PERSON on Saturday, October 2, 2021 on Ocean Pathway in Ocean Grove, New Jersey.

Mary’s Place by the Sea is a respite home for women who are receiving treatment for cancer. Guests of Mary’s Place are given the opportunity to pause and focus on their healing – mind, body and soul – while enjoying integrative services that complement their medical treatment. They can visit for a day or up to two nights, and take part in various services such as oncology massage, meditation, yoga, reiki, counseling, prayer, expressive writing, cooking classes, nutrition education, and much more. Since its founding in 2009, Mary’s Place by the Sea has welcomed over 11,000 women with cancer through its doors. Thanks to the generosity of donors and fundraising events like the annual walk/run, guests of Mary’s Place receive all accommodations, meals and services AT NO COST.

In March of 2020 Mary’s Place by the Sea closed its doors temporarily to guests in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, the organization pivoted its program to offer virtual services to women with cancer from all across the country. In May of this year, Mary’s Place reopened its doors for day retreats. Beginning in August, the organization will welcome guests whose reservations were cancelled in 2020 for overnight retreats. Since reopening in May, over 100 women have visited for a day retreat, while the virtual services program continues to thrive as a new pillar of the Mary’s Place experience.

“Our Mary’s Place community has grown exponentially during a time when our guests needed us most. We are thrilled to bring back our overnight retreats soon and fill our home with even more love and laughter,” said Executive Director, Michele Gannon.

Registration for the 2.5 mile walk or the 5K run can be completed online at runsignup.com/marysplacebythe

seawalk2021. Once registered, walkers and runners will have the option to create a fundraising page, where they can have family and friends sponsor their efforts. Prizes will be awarded for the top three individual and team fundraisers. Proceeds from this event go directly toward supporting the guests of Mary’s Place by the Sea.

The Annual event will include free food and beverages for all participants, music, and a host of health and wellness vendors from the local community. For runners, check-in will begin at 9:00AM on Saturday, October 2, and the run will begin at 10:00 AM. For walkers, check-in will begin at 10:00AM and the walk will begin at 11:00 AM. Registration for walkers and runners is $40 for adults 18 years of age and older, $25 for children ages 10-17, and free for children under 10 years of age. A free t-shirt will be included for paid registrants who register prior to September 18. A virtual walker/runner option is also available.

Sponsor and vendor opportunities are available. Please contact Kara Grimes at 732-455-5344 or kgrimes@marysplacebythesea.org for more information. 

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