Relay for Life moved after Burlington City Park floods

BURLINGTON, N.C. — The rain wasn’t strong enough to stop the strongest of supporters and survivors.

Alamance County’s Relay for Life was supposed to be at the ball field at City Park in Burlington. Thursday’s rain flooded the ball field and race organizers had less than 24 hours to figure out a new game plan.

“This year has been a little bit of a headache,” explains Tony Allred, a Relay for Life volunteer.

Organizers decided to move the race from the park to the parking lot. The event is now at Holly Hill Mall.

If the event was held on the soaked ball field it could have caused damage for future events.

Organizers were busy figuring out the logistics and spreading the word of the location change. A few days ago they had already set up a stage at the ballpark and that’s where it has to stay.

“Just because it’s so wet, our guys can’t take it down. We just have to let the field dry out before we detach everything,” explains Jim Self, with Burlington Parks and Recreation.

The Relay for Life event is a fundraiser for cancer. Thousands are people are expected to show up at the one in Burlington.

Due to the venue change the race will last until midnight. Normally it runs for 24 hours.



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