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Rain Soaked Relay Ends On Bright Note

June 9, 2013 by John Rook

The sun had finally arrived on Saturday morning for the end of Cheshire Relay For Life, and participants enjoyed a few hours of good weather before packing up and heading home.
This year's event was hampered by severe weather on Friday, the usual opening of activities. Remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea traveled up the east coast Friday morning into afternoon, and by the time opening ceremonies were scheduled to take place torrential downpours were soaking the area.
The weather caused many cancellations in town, from sporting events to the annual torch run held by the Cheshire Police Department in conjunction with state police for the Connecticut Special Olympics.
At Relay, the usual start to the festivities, Kids Care, was cancelled, and those who did turn out were told that they should leave the area by 11 p.m. Friday night. They were allowed to return the following morning at 8 a.m. to conclude the event.
As of Friday, just over $142,000 had been collected, according to the groups website, although that number was expected to go up when all donations were tallied. However, unless a significant amount had come in over the two days of the event, it will mark the lowest amount collected since the first Relay back in 1997 and the first time the event has failed to garner at least $200,000 since that time. For more on Relay, see an upcoming edition of The Cheshire Herald.

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