Mary’s Walk, the Saco-based event that raises money for cancer research in memory of Mary Kerry Libby, is happening in person this year, stepping off from Thornton Academy in Saco at 11 a.m. March 20. Journal Tribune file photo/Courtesy Josh Pulsifer

SACO — Mary’s Walk, an annual event to benefit the Maine Cancer Foundation, and to remember the late Mary Kerry Libby of Saco, takes place in-person this year, on March 20, beginning and ending at Thornton Academy in Saco. The walk begins at 11 a.m.

The annual associated Kerrymen 5K remains virtual.

Mary’s Walk remembers Mary Kerry Libby who passed away from Burkett’s Lymphoma on March 7, 1997. The walk began in 1999. This year, the route has changed to minimize the number of outside volunteers and safety officers, organizers say. The route is about the same length, and part of it will take place on a section of the Eastern Trail dedicated to the memory of Mary and Mary’s Walk.

The 24th annual Mary’s Walk and virtual Kerrymen 5K benefit the Maine Cancer Foundation’s mission to target cancer prevention, early detection, access to care, and scientific research to improve patient outcomes.

Runners in the virtual Kerrymen 5K are encouraged to don their Mary’s Walk and Kerrymen 5k running gear and take to the streets, trails, and beaches near their homes on March 20.

Over the past 23 years, Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K have raised more than $3.7 million for the Maine Cancer Foundation. This year’s goal is $250,000.

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