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Mothers' Day Fun Runs Underway Across Australia

08/05/2016 9:16 AM AEST | Updated 08/05/2016 9:16 AM AEST
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SHEPPARTON, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 14: Athletes participate in a fun run lead up event during Challenge Shepparton on November 14, 2015 in Shepparton, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images for Challenge)

Thousands of Aussie mums have have swapped sleep ins for the Mothers' Day Classic fun run in a bid to raise funds for breast cancer research.

The annual event kicked off across the nation on Sunday morning, with families, friends, community and corporate teams taking part to celebrate Mothers' Day and honour those affected by breast cancer.

In addition to Sydney, Australians are taking part around the nation at almost 100 locations nationwide, including every capital city and many regional areas.

Mother’s Day Classic chief executive Sharon Morris said each year the run brought Australians closer to finding a cure to breast cancer.

“Families and friends who participate each year are really making a difference to those impacted by breast cancer,” Morris said.

“It is a fun, exhilarating and often moving day and people of all ages take part no matter how fit they are -- whether they are seriously running or walking around in colourful and often zany costumes.”

Morris said research into the disease had raised the five year survival rate to 90 per cent, but there were still many questions that needed answers.

“Support for the Mother’s Day Classic will help the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation reach its ambitious goal of no breast cancer deaths by 2030.”

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