Relay for Life exceeds $35,000 goal

A total of 35 youngsters participated Saturday in the Boyd & Boyd Kid's Mile to support cancer research as part of the annual Relay for Life event in Fulton. This year's race was moved to the YMCA outdoor trail.

A total of 35 youngsters participated Saturday in the Boyd & Boyd Kid's Mile to support cancer research as part of the annual Relay for Life event in Fulton. This year's race was moved to the YMCA outdoor trail. Photo by Don Norfleet.

Heavy rains Friday forced the transfer of the annual Callaway County Relay for Life to benefit cancer research from the rain-soaked Missouri School for the Deaf track to the YMCA of Callaway County.

Linda Boshers, event organizer, said the switch didn’t dampen enthusiasm or its fund raising effort.

“I am confident that we will exceed our goal of $35,000,” Boshers said.

Activities started with a parade through downtown Fulton featuring all 16 team members who competed to raise money for the event.

Youngsters from infants to eighth graders competed in the Boyd & Boyd Kid’s Mile event at the YMCA outdoor trail. The infants rode in strollers pushed by their parents.

The Boyd & Boyd team raised the most money for the event, clearing in excess of $10,600.

The overall boy’s winner in the mile race was Tucker Caswell with a time of 7:31. He competed in the 7th-8th Grade category.

The overall girl’s winner in the mile race was Emme Curran with a time of 8:55. She competed in the 5th-6th Grade category.

The event included an appearance of Jessica Mejia of Jefferson City, Miss Northwest Missouri. She will begin competition Tuesday night in Mexico, Mo., for the title of Miss Missouri. The winner will be announced Saturday night. Her talent is singing Italian opera. She will complete a Bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration next spring at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Teams participating in the event were Team Slick, Callaway Bank, Callaway Community Hospital, Presbyterian Manor, Swinging Monkeys, Team Block, Heartland Church, Hope Team, Central Electric, Cousins for a Cure, Walmart, Boyd & Boyd & Friends, This and That/Yellow Rose Sisters, Westside Team, Family Ties and Mission Possible.

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