Relay For Life had another successful year in Weyburn. The event raised $57,967 for the Canadian Cancer Society on June 10 and 11.
Relay For Life Event Chair Stefany Hovanak said that the indoor location chosen for the event this year, Crescent Point Place, raised a lot of comments from participants.
"We had comments from people who have participated at River Park for a number of years say they would never go back," said Hovanak. "I hope they were kidding, but it was nice to get away from the bugs."
Hovanak said that although some participants complained that the cement floor was difficult to walk on during the 24-hour event, there seemed to be an energy that didn't exist at previous Relay's.
"Almost everyone participated in the Zumba workout at 6 a.m. and at one point in the early morning hours teams were leap-frogging around the track," said Hovanak.
She said that not having to deal with the cold, early morning weather seemed to boost the spirits of participants.
Weyburn's 2011 Relay For Life had 16 teams with 168 participants, and close to 330 volunteers. The victory lap, which started off Relay, had 71 cancer survivors participating.
Hovanak said that participation in Relay this year was down throughout the province, possibly due to the wet spring. Last year's Relay had 26 teams with 274 participants, 102 survivors and brought in over $96,000.
The Relay committee is hoping to return to the natural setting provided by River Park at next year's event.