Oct. 23 saw a healthy dose of pink on the streets of Marathon. Returning in a modified form for 2021, the annual Strides Against Breast Cancer walk sent teams of participants to Crane Point, Coco Plum Beach, Sombrero Beach, Duck Key, and the Marathon Fire station.

“We had walkers all over the place on Saturday,” said Shayne Messina. “It was great.” Intended to bring awareness for breast cancer and encourage mammograms for early detection, the Strides walk also serves as a fundraiser for many research and support programs like the Hope Lodge and Roads to Recovery that were temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Marathon alone has raised more than $14,000 so far, and it keeps going up,” said Messina. “Next year’s walk is Oct. 15, and we hope to see everyone there.”

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