Relay for Life raised $6,000 |

Relay for Life raised $6,000

They walked all day and all night, but didn’t get anywhere. But in the Relay for Life, held Saturday and Sunday on the tarmac at the Lake Tahoe Airport, distance isn’t the goal – money is.

According to Susan Chadwick, co-coordinator of the Relay for Life, that goal was met as more than 200 people from South Shore communities pulled together to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

“We raised almost $6,000,” she said. “And all of that has already gone to cancer research.”

Chadwick said participants, grouped into teams, circled a quarter-mile track set up at the airport from 10 a.m. on Saturday to 10 a.m. on Sunday. The only rule – each team must have a member walking on the track at all times.

Dorothy Edwards, Chadwick’s coordinating partner in the event, tried walking the whole time without breaks but had to stop for two hours in the middle of the night. In all, she walked 55 3/4 miles.

But Chadwick said Edwards’ case is unusual.

“The teams are usually 10 or more people because it means you have to walk less,” she said.

This is the first Relay for Life event in South Lake Tahoe and Chadwick said she’s already planning for next year.

“We’re hoping it will grow and grow and grow,” she said.

In all the event had 35 sponsors that donated goods. The money raised by participants came from community donations.

Karen Brockmann, from the American Cancer Society in Roseville, Calif., said any community can set up a Relay for Life event.

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