Maine's 'Holy Walkamoles' lace up to participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
EDDINGTON - While most of us enjoy a nice leisurely walk now and then, a handful of Maine women who are calling themselves the Holy Walkamoles are taking their love of walking to a whole new level. Bobbi-Jo Macomber, Arinn Goody, Mandie Sawyer and Samantha Hammond, many of whom have small children, are spending their weekends walking 11 to 12 miles a day. That's because these women are training for the 39 mile trek they'll be making in Boston next month during the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer planned for May 19 and 20.
"This is the first year I've done it and the second year Mandie has done it," said Samantha Hammond. "I didn't even know what I was getting myself into it."
That is because Hammond, whose mom is a breast cancer survivor, was just excited to get behind such a good cause. It wasn't until the team started meeting on a regular basis that reality began to sink in for Hammond, who soon discovered as part of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, participants must raise $1,800 each and walk a marathon the first day and a half-marathon the second day of the event.
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