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Relay to benefit from race

COVINGTON -- Every year in April, thousands join together in Newton County to participate in Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society's primary fundraiser.

But the fundraising starts long before the actual event, as participants hold bake sales, beauty pageants and other activities to try and raise as much money as possible.

On March 7, the Relay for Life Committee of Newton County is hosting Run for Hope, a 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run to benefit Relay for Life.

The event will take place at Cousins Middle School at 8187 Carlton Trail N.W. in Covington. The fun run will begin at 2:30 p.m. and the 5K race at 3 p.m.

"Last year, we ran in the snow. We'll do it even if there's rain, sleet, snow or hail. No hurricanes or tornadoes -- we may not do it then," said Beth Bradley, one of the event coordinators.

Inclement weather didn't deter those dedicated to raising money to find a cure for cancer, she said.

"One lady just finished chemo the week before. Her goal was to run the 5K race. She was out there in the snow," she said.

Early registration for this year's event runs through Feb. 27 and is $15 per person. Those who register early will receive a T-shirt. Registration on the day of the race begins at 1 p.m. and is $20 per person.

Awards will be given to the overall top male and female finishers, the overall male and female masters and the top three male and female finishers in their age categories. Fun run participants will receive ribbons.

To obtain a registration form or for more information, call 770-307-7956 or e-mail ewpkat@aol.com.

Registration forms and fees can be mailed to Victoria Patrick, ACS, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605. Checks should be made payable to the American Cancer Society.

"We're running for a cure," Bradley said. "Through Relay for Life events and donations, 90 more lives are saved every day. Our money is going to something that helps save lives."