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Relay For Life to move to LHS soccer field

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By Greg Summers

The 2009 Relay For Life will have a new home this year.

Event co-chairwoman Donna Parsons said the Relay will be held at the Lancaster High School soccer field behind North Elementary School between Stadium Street and Roddey Drive.

The move, she said, was prompted by construction of a new field house at Lancaster County Memorial Stadium.

Parsons said the Relay’s logistics committee spent time at the field to determine how to best manage the event, which drew about 6,000 people in 2008. But given the conditions, Parsons said the only solution was to find somewhere else to have it.

She said the lighted soccer field was the best alternative. There’s enough room for a stage, the survivors tent and for all the teams that have requested sites.

Parsons said there’s access to electricity and portable toilets will be set up at the site.

“This was not an easy decision to make,” she said. “Safety is a big concern for our teams and our visitors.

“They have been adding some new water lines at the stadium. With things dug up and holes in spots, we just felt like this was the best thing to do for everybody concerned,” she said.

The Relay For Life is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 24. The annual American Cancer Society fundraiser brings teams together to support those diagnosed with cancer and cancer survivors.     

The money is used to help fund cancer research and American Cancer Society programs.

Just like in 2008, Parsons said there will be a bus shuttle service that runs each half hour between Lancaster High School parking lots and the soccer field. Parsons said the 2009 Relay committee is also checking to see whether part of the old Winn-Dixie parking lot can be used that night, too.

“We just haven’t heard back from those folks yet,” she said.

Parsons said the 2009 Relay teams are invited to “come check things out at the soccer field” at 6 p.m. Thursday.

“The Lancaster Relay will be awesome because of all the hard work these teams do to make it a success,” Parsons said. “We’re praying for dry weather.”  

Contact features editor Greg Summers at gsummers@thelancasternews.com or at  (803) 283-1156