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Sackville Relay for Life adds 10K/5K runs

Cancer society fundraiser hoping to broaden appeal

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 6, 2017

SACKVILLE, N.B. – For the first time, runners will be able to make their mark in Sackville’s Relay for Life.
The annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society will this year feature 10K and 5K races starting at the Mount Allison University quad, and traveling around downtown Sackville. The races will complement the traditional relay activity featuring cancer survivors and team members at the quad on the evening of Friday, Oct. 13.
That theme of moving forward is to symbolize the ongoing fight against cancer, and is led by the cancer survivors in celebration of them, according to Ian Law, manager of the Canadian Cancer Society’s eastern district, who thinks the run will be a nice fit for Sackville.

The annual Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life will take place in Sackville, N.B. on Friday, Oct. 13, for the first time this year adding 10K and 5K runs to the mix. Shown here are participants gathering for last year’s event.

Photo courtesy of Canadian Cancer Society

“The run is a new element to the Sackville relay, as this event is not just community-led like most, it also encompasses the students and staff from Mount Allison University,” he explained. “It is intended to supplement the traditional relay event and appeal and encourage a wider audience of both students and community who are runners.”
Originally launched in Ottawa in 1999, the Relay for Life arrived in Sackville in 2003. In the past three years, it has raised more than $103,000 for cancer research and support programs for people living with cancer in New Brunswick.
Canada’s largest national charitable funder of cancer research, the Canadian Cancer Society also offers financial assistance to cancer patients and their families to help with travel costs and support items.
Research has led to significant advances in the way cancer is diagnosed, managed and treated, resulting in the improvement in survival rates from 25 per cent in the 1940s to 60 per cent today.
The races begin at 6:30 p.m., and Law is hoping for a good turnout.
“We feel it will be a good fit to supplement the relay and appeal to a broader audience,” he said. “At this time, we have no data on turnout available, but we are hoping for a growth year.”
For more on the Sackville Relay for Life, visit here .