Relay for Life to be held at new location

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

One of Henry County’s most popular annual charity events is going forward this spring with a twist.

Relay for Life, which benefits the American Cancer Society, takes place all across the United States every year. The Henry County event has often attracted a few thousand participants, beginning on a spring Friday evening and carrying over into Saturday morning for many.

For at least the past decade one of the county’s public high schools has served as host, with dozens of teams crowding onto the football field and spilling over into the adjacent areas. Participants would walk around the track raising money for the fight against cancer, beginning with the ceremonial Survivor Walk that is the evening’s inaugural lap.

This year, however, those high school fields are going through the turfing process, according to local Relay for Life spokesperson Ann Armstrong. This necessitated a new location, and organizers have secured the large recreation area at Salem Baptist Church.

“We’ve got a totally new location this year, so it’s almost like a totally new event,” said Armstrong.

Instead of a track around a football fields, participants will have a sizable area around a lake that includes walking paths. The vast Salem complex also has softball and soccer fields, but those are not expected to be used for the event, Armstrong said.

Organizers hope the new location will lead to a larger turnout from across the community.

“We are hoping it will bring in more of the public,” said Armstrong. “In past years most of our attendees are from schools, so we are really trying to branch out and get more people involved.”

Salem Baptist Church is at 1724 Hwy. 155 N. in McDonough. More information about Henry County Relay for Life can be found at or on Facebook.