Organisers Pay Fitting Tribute To Kerryn 2009: This Years

Organisers pay fitting tribute to Kerryn

THIS year’s Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon, presented by Colonial First State, is being dedicated to Kerryn McCann, the four-time champion who died of
cancer last December aged 41. More than 7000 people took part in the picturesque harbourside run from Hyde Park through the city streets in 2008 and another record field is expected turn out to honour McCann on Sunday, May 17. “Kerryn was held in such high esteem by her peers, those who knew her and the thousands who had watched her compete that we, as race organisers, wanted to pay a public tribute to her,” said race director Michael Russell. “Kerryn McCann’s name is synonymous with the Half Marathon and she epitomises what this event is all about – running hard, competing with determination and grit and finishing with a smile.” The Kerryn McCann Trophy will be presented to the women’s winner in recognition of her record four Half Marathon titles (in 1993, 1995, 2002 and 2004) and McCann’s support of the event since its inception 17 years ago. Every person competing in the 2009 Half Marathon will race in a chest bib bearing the phrase “Running For Kerryn McCann” and entrants also have the opportunity to support the McCann family’s chosen charity, Breast Cancer Network Australia, by fundraising via the official event website. McCann, from Coledale, south of Sydney, was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2007 while pregnant with her third child. After surgery to remove the cancerous lump, her son, Cooper, was induced early at 34 weeks so she could start chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Despite four-and-a-half months of treatment, the cancer spread to McCann’s liver. Finally, on December 8 last year, she died, with Greg and children Benton, Josie and Cooper at her bedside.

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