Relay 5K Kicks Off

The Relay for Life 5K was held on August 4 on the Calais Waterfront walkway. Despite the change one thing didn't change there was honoring the survivors and caregivers with a walk. Together the caregivers and survivors walked the loop of the parking lot to the survivors tent. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

By Kaileigh Deacon

 The Relay for Life of the St. Croix Valley has been a staple in Calais for well over 25 years, helping to raise money for the American Cancer Society and support and honor those in our area affected by cancer.

This year was a transition year for the Relay for Life as they moved from a six-hour walking event to a 5K Walk/Run. The participation in the Relay for Life has been down for the last few years, and they hoped to reinvigorate and bring more interest to the event.

 Cancer has affected the lives of many people in the area. The Relay for Life gives people a chance to come together to help raise money for a cause very near and dear to their hearts. It also gives survivors a chance to come together and show their support for each other as well as the ones still fighting the battle.

This year’s 5K Run/Walk took place on the Calais Waterfront Walkway with both runners and walkers turning out despite the heat and humidity. Two runners took to the Walkway and completed the 5K within in a fraction of a second of each other. All other participants walked the 5K, many taking advantage of the opportunity to look for painted rocks that are part of the Calais Waterfront Rocks movement.

There were five registered teams at this year’s relay. Team Breath Takers was the third highest fundraiser raising $1,245, Eddie’s Angels was the second raising $1,709 and Alexander 4 a Cure was the highest team raising $2,510. Also registered were the Walkie Talkies and a team from the Calais Regional Hospital.

The three top individual fundraisers were Brenda O’Leary from Eddie’s Angels who raised $570, Roxanne Redding from Eddie’s Angels raised $639, and B.J. Wallace from Alexander 4 a Cure raised $873.

Local sponsors also helped with donations that helped to make this event a success. This year’s sponsors were Label Shopper, Classic Hits 92.7 FM/95.3 FM, 102.9 The Border, Industrial Electric Supply, Downeast Outboard, DJ Jamie Bohanon and the Calais Advertiser.

 The Relay for Life did well and raised $6,638 for the American Cancer Society. There was a lot of struggle and change this year, but the committee hopes that this transition year will help make the event even bigger than it has been before. Pictured below:  To honor those fighting and that have lost their battle with cancer, in place of the traditional luminary bags, the Relay Committee sold flags that could be personalized with the name or picture of those being remembered or honored.