Relay for Life to be held at MHS track

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The annual Relay for Life of Saline County is scheduled for Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28. This year's fundraiser will be held at the Marshall High School track.

Brian Butcher of the American Cancer Society said Thursday, June 26, that the relay will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday, June 27, and end at 6 a.m. the following morning.

Following opening ceremonies, the relay will begin with the traditional "survivor's lap" at about 6:20 p.m.

Butcher said there are six teams of from 15 to 20 members each already signed up, and another 35 cancer survivors who plan to join the teams.

Butcher said the groups will pause at 9 p.m. for the placement of luminaria candles around the track, "commemorating survivors and those who have passed away, as we reflect on why we're here."

Throughout the relay there will be games and music, including a lip-synch contest, Butcher said, and Marshall Dance Connection will be on hand to entertain the runners and walkers.

In past years, the event has been held on the courthouse square in Marshall, but organizers for the event ran into some difficulty this year.

Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer said Wednesday, June 25, that the city had already contracted with APAC to do some additional repair to the streets around the square before they were contacted about the relay.

"We love having (the relay) up here," Latimer said, "but it just didn't work this time."

Butcher said Friday, "It wouldn't be a relay without a few twists and turns at the end. "We're pleased to have it at the high school track and really looking forward to it."

Contact Kathy Fairchild at

marshallhealth@socket.net

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