Forecast causes Relay change

Published 8:19pm Thursday, April 17, 2014

The chance of rain won’t force organizers to cancel or delay Friday’s Dallas County Relay for Life, but it has forced them to change the event’s location.

Originally schedule to start at 6 p.m. Friday at Selma’s Memorial Stadium, event organizer Tanya Miles said a rainy forecast has moved the annual American Cancer Society Fundraiser to the gymnasium at Selma High School.

“There is a 50 percent chance of rain and dealing with the wetness that is already out there, we just don’t want people to get bogged down and we’ll take it to the gym,” Miles said.

This is not the first time the Relay for Life has been moved by the weather. Last year, soggy conditions forced the event to move indoors to the gymnasium at Wallace Community College Selma.

Miles said the only change the new location would have on attendees Relay routine would be that grilling would only be allowed outside of the school while the event is taking place in the gymnasium.

“People can still bring 10’x 10’ pop up tents and sent up their campsite in the gymnasium,” Miles said. “We will still have the walking trail and it will start at 6 p.m. None of our Relay schedule will change, just the location.”

Larry DiChiara, acting superintendent of education of Selma City Schools, said it didn’t take him long to say yes when Miles came asking to use to the gymnasium.

“She had asked if our gym could be used as a back up location in case of rain,” DiChiara said. “And it was an easy decision to let them come in. We’ll have it ready for them and we are happy to help the community however we can.”

Following an opening ceremony at 6 p.m., the Dallas County Relay for Life will also feature a survivors lap at 6:15 p.m., caregivers lap at 6:30 p.m., and a luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m.

The event will conclude with a closing ceremony at 11 p.m.

For information about the event, contact Miles by telephone at 412-9675, or via email at

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