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Relay for Life draws 10K, raises thousands
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Hall County Relay for Life co-chairs Spencer Walker and Gail Schneider, right, and Relay North Georgia senior manager Cathy Longino meet at the stage Friday evening. - photo by NAT GURLEY

This year’s Relay for Life of Hall County drew more than 10,000 participants, organizers said.

“We had a great turnout, beautiful weather,” co-chairwoman Gail Schneider said. “We’re proud to have had that many participants this year.”

The annual event, held Friday evening through Saturday morning at Road Atlanta in Braselton, raises money for cancer research. Now in its 21st year in Hall, the relay is the American Cancer Society’s biggest single fundraiser. 

Schneider said the final tally for fundraising topped $240,000. Fundraising at the event alone, part of that total figure, topped $43,000, she said.

To reach the goal of $300,000 for the year, Schneider said the hope is an earlier date will mean schools supplement funds in their final weeks.

“We moved the event up a month early so we could have it before schools ends, so we still have several major fundraisers to go,” she said, including field day fundraisers.

One of the organization’s biggest sponsors will also hold its annual golf tournament at Chattahoochee Country Club May 22. United Community Bank raised $22,000 prior to the race.

“We believe we’ll end up hitting our goal,” she said.

Schneider said the 5K road race, the first for the event, was also a success, with more than 350 participants.

“That was the first time we tried that, and we’re trying to bring some fitness and health back into the relay event itself ... as part of cancer prevention,” she said.