Marine Corps Mamas

Left to right, Donna Dow, Lutherville, Grace Cunningham, Lutherville/Timonium, Marilyn Gould, Baltimore, Mary Meene, Sykesville, and Anna Ellis, Hampden, "The Mamas," take their Saturday walk. (Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun / April 21, 2012)

The Marine Corps Mamas met while training for the 1990 and 1991 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington. More than 20 years later, they still gather every Saturday morning for a 5- to 7-mile walk and potluck breakfast. Rain or shine, the group has set out on a journey from Grace Cunningham's house in Timonium every week for about 12 years.

"In the years we have been together, one friend moved away, two others have joined us," Cunningham said in an email. "Four of us lost our mothers, two of those four also lost fathers. Four were married. One became a grandmother, another survived cancer."

Although the group now also engages in a book club, yoga retreats and spa nights, exercise has always been at the heart of their friendship.

"We know that the exercise is very important for a healthy life and feeling good, and we know that we support each other," Cunningham said. "And when you make a promise and you're dedicated to a group, you do it."

If you have a group that meets regularly to exercise, tell us about it so we can feature you in our Health & Style pages. We'll want basic information about your group (how often you meet, number of people in the group, what you do and why you do it), as well as a photo if you have one. Send to cmallette@baltsun.com or Catherine Mallette, Features, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St. 21201.