Three Lorain County Relay for Life events will be combined for the first time on Saturday, July 8 at Elyria Catholic High School.
The choice was made last year by the American Cancer Society as a measure to cut costs and address a declining number of participants. Wellington’s event, traditionally held each June in Willard Memorial Square, was combined with runs in Amherst and Elyria.
Registration for the day-long festivities begins at Elyria Catholic at 10 a.m. followed by brunch at 10:30 a.m. and opening ceremonies at noon.
The number of events in the Cleveland market has shrunk from 30 to 17 with Lake County also moving from three to one, according to the ACS.
As of June 27, this year’s run has raised $49,832 toward a $65,000 goal. The top fundraising team, Embracing Hope 4255, has brought in $10,928 followed closely by the Weedwackers of University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center at $9,529 and the Wednesday Knighters at $6,844.
Five teams that previously competed in Wellington’s run have combined to form the Wellington Warriors. The squad is led by Brenda Wetherbee and has raised $2,190. She said teams from Amherst’s run have taken similar measures and smaller events were held at Oberlin College in the spring.
“Some people were a little upset the run won’t be local anymore but they’re still ready to go to Elyria,” she said. “The important this remains representing our cause and representing Wellington.”
To make a donation, visit www.relayforlife.org/loraincounty.
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