OnOur Trusty Relay Baton! 29 and 30 March 2014, Bilbys once again proudly took part in the Relay for Life, this time joining forces with Vikings Triathlon Club. The venue for the event was the AIS track in Bruce, and the new track proved a fantastic surface, especially for those of us who took the opportunity to do some run training during our relay shift. For those unfamiliar with this event, it is a fundraiser for the Cancer Council, where teams take turns walking or running around the track for a 24 hour period. Bilbys has been a participant for a number of years now, and we allocated our usual tent spot near the finish of the 100m track opposite the grandstand and, conveniently, a number of food vendors.
We were very lucky with the weather, which was a little cloudy but quite warm when Bronwyn started us off at midday on the Saturday. We had a nice little crowd of team members at the event throughout the afternoon, enjoying the great atmosphere and entertainment. It was also a good opportunity to get to know our fellow triathletes. After watching the crowds go by, our decision to once again go with a race belt as our baton proved a very practical option, as other teams had to carry all kinds of objects.
Early Saturday evening, the Cancer Council and their many recruits set the world record for the most people getting their head simultaneously shaved which was one of their goals for the event. Later in the evening the annual candle ceremony was held which was very moving. There was some really great live music and other activities going on across the event, I noted the massage tent was most popular.
We had a great team; and we covered all shifts over the 24 hours. Geoff and Leanne both did three shifts each including some overnight timeslots. Other graveyard shifts were filled by Shane, Suzie and Trevor. Other team members were Matt, Pete, Sue, Amy, Elisabeth, Mauricio, Dave P and Dave H, Jess, Jackie and Sharon. As a team, we raised over two thousand dollars. Thank you to everyone who supported us.
Our starting runner, the lovely BronwynDavey, Elisabeth and MauricioVikings boys: Matt, Trevor and Davey