A relay for a relay

Andrew Wagstaff
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Youth council hosts 30-km group run

AMHERST – What better way to raise funds for a relay, than to hold another relay?
That was the idea behind the Amherst Youth Town Council’s latest fundraiser for their Relay for Life team, as they hosted a 30-km relay to four different Amherst sites on Saturday morning.

A total of 36 participants on 10 different teams took part, running between the four main sites of Jerry’s Park, E.B. Chandler Junior High School, Amherst Regional High School, and Dickey Park, where the event wrapped up with a barbecue.

A total of $463.30 was raised for the cause.

“Things went pretty well, for our first year,” said youth town council member Chris Hill, who took a lead role in organizing the event. “Next year we want to do the same thing but change up the route. Maybe we could attract a few more people that way.”

The entire event was planned and put together by the local youth, while Corey Crocker was on hand as the staff liaison with the Town of Amherst.

Crocker termed the event a success.

“It went very well,” he said. “We were late getting started but the community members, the members of the Striders club, and other runners used it as preparation for their upcoming marathon weekend in Fredericton. People love giving to the cause of Relay for Life.”

The Amherst Relay for Life, an annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, will take place this year on June 7.

Members of the local Striders running club made up the majority of the event’s participants, with more than 20 members taking part.

“Chris Hill is one of our members, and he mentioned to us, so we thought it was a way to support the Relay for Life,” said Ken MacKenzie. “It was an awesome run and a nice atmosphere; a real good group of people and good youth to support.”

Hill got the idea from reading the “30 Years Ago” section in The Citizen-Record last year, which described a relay race held between Oxford and Amherst. Restrictions prevented such a race from happening this year, but he said it is a possibility that something like that could happen next year.

“I liked that idea,” he said. “If it’s a big long race like that next year, I think it would bring a lot more people in. But for our first year, this was absolutely amazing; nothing wrong with the turnout.”

The next fundraiser for the youth town council’s Relay for Life team will be a car wash next weekend.


Twitter: @ADNandrew

Organizations: E.B. Chandler Junior High School, Amherst Regional High School, Amherst Relay for Life Canadian Cancer Society

Geographic location: Amherst, Dickey Park, Fredericton The Citizen-Record Oxford

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