Blaine Relay For Life organizers face soggy conditions

Stormy weather put an organizational damper on Blaine’s Relay For Life for the second consecutive year, cutting the cancer awareness walk short.

Umbrellas were in abundance Friday night at Blaine High School prior to the rainy start of this year’s relay. Photo by Tim Hennagir

Umbrellas were in abundance Friday night at Blaine High School prior to the rainy start of this year’s relay. Photo by Tim Hennagir

Early evening rain and winds occurred at the worst possible time for local organizers, according to Marlene Goble, American Cancer Society community relations representative,

However, the weather issues that delayed and eventually forced the event in the west Blaine High School parking lot to end around midnight were nothing compared with the many other events and celebrations affected elsewhere, she said.

“We consider ourselves very fortunate all we had to deal with was inconvenient light rain,” Goble said.

The threat of lightning pushed the event’s start back almost an hour.

According to Goebel, this year’s American Cancer Society overnight relay and camp out raised slightly more than $57,000.

Relay For Life teams walk in shifts to celebrate those who have battled cancer. They remember their lost loved ones while fighting back against the disease.

Goebel said teams will continue to fund-raise to reach their goals. Blaine Relay For Life organizers will continue to work toward an eventual goal of $62,000.

The weather wasn’t the only logistical change affecting this year’s fund-raiser. The event was moved from its traditional spot inside Blaine’s Bengal Stadium.

Football Coach Tom Develice said the football field grass picked up a disease that was basically killing off the entire field. The grass was replaced.

Concerns regarding the grass taking root properly after its spring planting forced the Blaine Relay For Life venue change.

Last year, the event was held inside the fieldhouse at Blaine High School.

Tim Hennagir is at tim.hennagir@ecm-inc.com


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