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At least 22 teams participated in Farmington's overnight walk for the American Cancer Society

Relay for Life participants use any means at their disposal to win a frozen t-shirt contest Friday night.2 / 3
Either alone or with friends, family and sometimes complete strangers cheering them on, Relay for Life participants circled the track Friday and Saturday.3 / 3

The weather was perfect, the turnout was good and Lisa Endres couldn't have been happier with the results of the first Relay for Life over which she presided.

This year's relay, an American Cancer Society fundraiser that took place Friday night and Saturday morning, drew about 22 teams to spend the night walking the track at Boeckman Middle School. The event raised at least $36,000 for the cancer society, though Endres, the president of the committee that put on this year's event, said totals were still going up as of Monday morning.

"I liked everything about it," Endres said. "The weather was fabulous. The turnout was great. It seemed like all of our efforts kind of came together."

Some things were still coming together as the 12-hour walking marathon started Friday night. Endres said a few teams signed up to participate on the day of the event. The walk started with recognition of cancer survivors and a ceremonial first lap by the survivors who were present. From there, the night was a mix of walking - each team was expected to have at least one walker on the track at all times - and other activities. Early in the evening, team members competed in a frozen t-shirt contest in which contestants were given a shirt that had been wetted, wadded into a ball and frozen solid. The first team to get the shirt untangled and onto one of its members was the winner.

Teams set up tents and sold bracelets, cookbooks and even rides in a wheelchair to raise more money.

"I'm just always amazed at the people who help and the donations," Endres said. "It's just unbelievable."

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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