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Rain couldn’t stop Relay for Life

ZEPHYRHILLS — As rain threatened to wash out the Zephyrhills Relay for Life Friday, organizers decided at about 10:30 a.m. to move the event indoors to the Zephyrhills High School gymnasium.

“It was the most stressful relay I have done to date,” said Lizzy Mead, a specialist with Relay For Life for Zephyrhills. “The school was beyond accommodating; we were fortunate.”

The teams work so hard all year they did not want to cancel the event or have poor attendance because of rain, Mead said.

A few teams could not attend, but the remaining 26 teams were arranged in the gymnasium with a “track” marked out with taped arrows on the floor leading around the gym and into the lobby.

The Zephyrhills Relay had a goal of raising $81,000 and was able to raise about $58,000, and Mead acknowledged that the weather likely played a role in the shortfall.

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