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A marathon event established to raise funds and awareness for motor neurone disease will be held again in Busselton later this year, with organisers putting the call out for volunteers to help out on the day.

Now in its fifth year, the Busselton Marathon was started by Andy Wilkinson after losing a friend to MND.

Mr Wilkinson said he had started the event to raise awareness of the disease and encourage participants to consider the daily struggles faced by those living with MND

“We cannot take for granted getting up in the morning, where MND takes away people’s ability to be mobile and free to enjoy things most people take for granted,” he said.

This year’s event will be held on September 9 and will include four distances — 5km, 10km, 21.1 km and 42.2km — and will start at the Barnard Park Sports Pavilion and end at the Busselton foreshore.

Event organisers are putting a call out for a minimum of 24 volunteers to help on the day, with two $250 Flight Centre travel vouchers also up for grabs.

Mr Wilkinson said the vouchers were a way to give back to volunteers and acknowledge their contribution to the event.

The event has attracted between 300 and 500 people in the past, with registrations open up until the day before the event.

To register for the Busselton Marathon or to volunteer, go to 2r2sports.com.au or contact r2rsports@bigpond.com.

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