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More than 60,000 Aussies join the fight against breast cancer


More than 60,000 people are expected to participate in Australia’s biggest fun run and walk for breast cancer research, the 2023 Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic on Sunday week.

Registrations are already surpassing last year’s numbers – ten days out from the event.

This year there are 73 locations in major cities, metro areas and regional towns for Aussies to unite, celebrate, honour and raise awareness for breast cancer research.

Zara Lawless, Mother’s Day Classic Foundation CEO, says the Foundation is thrilled with the registrations so far and expects the number to increase in the countdown to the event.

“There are just 10 days to go until Australia comes together for the 26th Mother’s Day Classic to celebrate and honour those impacted by breast cancer, while raising funds for breast cancer research. We are extremely proud to be hosting 11 events in major cities and metro areas and 62 events in local regions around the country on Sunday, May 14,” Ms Lawless said.

“It has been an incredible response from participants this year, with communities in every corner of the nation registering to be part of this special event. We are currently 25 per cent up on 2022 registration numbers and spots are filling fast.

“With some timeslots at certain locations already at full capacity, we’ve added additional timeslots to cater for the demand.  The Mother’s Day Classic is a cherished and meaningful annual tradition for so many families and friends. After being so severely impacted by the disruptions of recent years, now is the time to get out and start your Mother’s Day with purpose, with your community. Our strong numbers nationwide are a testament to how many people will be doing just that.”

More than 1.5 million people have participated in the Mother’s Day Classic for breast cancer research in the past 25 years, donating $41.5 million to fund game-changing breast cancer research. 

There is still time to register and book your spot for the 2023 Mother’s Day Classic by visiting the event website,, where local course information, distance options and event timing and FAQs are all detailed.

A new feature this year is the addition of longer running distances. In Melbourne, participants can sign up for the new 12km distance. There is a 5km and a 10km run in Sydney and Western Sydney (Parramatta Park), and a 15.5km distance on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

In Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Darwin, Hobart, Geelong and Western Sydney, the event village will host entertainment, live music and food stalls, and plenty of activities for kids.

If you prefer staying local there is an option to walk or run at one of the many Local events that will be held across Australia on Mother’s Day. Or, if you’re unable to join the tens of thousands of runners, joggers and walkers on the day, you can still participate in your own way at any place with MDC Anywhere.



Major: Sydney, Western Sydney – Parramatta Park (returning from 2019),
Local events: Camden, Coonabarabran, Eurobodalla, Huskisson, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Taree (NEW), Tocumwal, Wollongong 


Major: Brisbane, Gold Coast
Local events: Chinchilla (returning from 2021), Hervey Bay, Mackay, Magnetic Island, Miles, Roma (returning from 2020), Sapphire, Tannum Sands, Tin Can Bay, Toowoomba (returning from 2020), Wondai, Woodgate Beach (NEW)


Major: Melbourne, Geelong
Local events: Alexandra Yea and district, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bemm River, Bendigo, Caroline Springs, Colac, Drouin, Echuca (NEW), Edenhope (returning from 2020), Eynesbury, Girgarre, Horsham, Lilydale (returning from 2021), Lysterfield, Mansfield, Mildura, Mornington Peninsula (NEW), Ouyen (returning from 2019), Seymour (NEW), Shepparton, St Arnaud, Stawell, Traralgon/Toongabbie, Warrnambool, Wycheproof


Major: Adelaide
Local events: Gawler, Mt Gambier


Major: Perth
Local events: Albany, Broome (returning from 2019), Bunbury, Busselton, Carnarvon (returning from 2020), Esperance, Kalgoorlie-Boulder (NEW), Karratha (returning from 2017), Newman, Onslow, Port Hedland (returning from 2021), Point Samson (NEW)


Major: Hobart


Major: Canberra


Major: Darwin
Local events: Alice Springs

Proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for breast cancer research to improve outcomes for those affected by breast cancer. The Mother’s Day Classic Foundation supports the NBCF’s goal of zero deaths from breast cancer. There is still so much work that needs to be done to ensure that women can live free of breast cancer in the future.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in Australia and sadly, 9 Australians die from it every single day.

Together we can improve the lives of the 57 Australians diagnosed with breast cancer each day – now and in the future.

 In the 25-year history of the Mother’s Day Classic, $41.45 million has been donated to fund game-changing breast cancer research.





Hashtags: #mothersdayclassic #mdc2023

Founded by: Women in Super is an industry body that advocates for superannuation policies to improve women’s economic security. WIS is also a national member organisation consisting of women working within the superannuation and related financial services industries, who, in 1998 established the Mother’s Day Classic, to raise money in the hopes that finding a cure for breast cancer would mean more women would live long enough to access their superannuation.

NBCF: The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Australia’s leading national body funding game-changing breast cancer research with money raised entirely by the Australian public. We receive no government funding. What we do would not be possible without the support and generosity of people and organisations like YOU. Our vision is simple: stop deaths from breast cancer. How? By identifying, funding, and championing world-class research – research that will help us detect tumours earlier, improve treatment outcomes, and ultimately – save lives. 

Proud Major Partner – ME Bank

Since 1994, everything we’ve done as a bank has worked towards our purpose of helping all Australians get ahead. That’s why our partnership with the Mother’s Day Classic has been a cause so close to our hearts since 2005.  We also put our money where our mouth is, with over $1.9m donated already through products and staff initiatives.  Join ME in the fight against breast cancer at

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