It started Friday.
And the weekend went forever, it seemed. But I guess that happens when there’s a lack of sleep involved, eh?
The Relay For Life opened Friday night in Delhi. Our team (small one this year) had to worry about setting things up in a bit of rain and then had to deal with many more things during the night as Mother Nature wasn’t nice to the Relay this year.
To start things off, Darren went down early to set up our disc golf course. As a fund raiser, Darren had gotten custom discs to sell the night of the Relay. Those at the event then had the chance to come over and play the six-hole course three times around (so, 18 total holes) and compete for spirit points and some disc golf prizes.
We were also lucky enough to have Bob, a pro out of New Jersey come and join us. I think that was a super bonus, too, as he really seemed to get a lot of people involved and excited about the game. The course wasn’t too bad, but with the rain, the grounds were wet and the lighting wasn’t the best. That being said, it wasn’t a bad overall experience as we sold probably about 20-25 discs for the night, which is a great thing. However, the weather probably hurt us as well because the track became smaller to avoid too much mud and our tent was set back further than originally expected.
Which is too bad as I think it could have been a lot more fun with great weather. I really do think more people might have investigated with better weather. Too, there were fewer people hanging out than normal.
But, on the bright side of things, we learned some things and found that people really seemed to enjoy the idea. So, we might consider it again next year, though we were talking about doing an actual tournament next year as a fundraiser and maybe having the night one as a smaller event at the actual Relay. We also learned that we’ll need to light things a little different, but Darren seems to have some ideas and that could make things better.
As a team, we raised nearly $1,500 for the event, which raised more than $122,000 total.
We broke it down when all was said and done and I didn’t get home until about 3 a.m. or a little later. It took a little bit to get to sleep and the alarm going off at 5:10 a.m. wasn’t easy to answer. I figured I got about 1 1/2 hours of sleep. A quick shower and I was out the door to head off to meet Darren and Bob to hit up a disc golf tournament.
It was a beautiful day, but after 36 holes of disc golf, I was whipped. My feet hurt. My back was OK, but a little sore. Needless to say, I was ready to head home and catch some sleep… finally.
I enjoyed the tournament. It’s at one of the best courses in this area and despite all the rain New York got recently, it was in excellent shape. I shot better than I’ve ever shot at this course, but it still wasn’t that good. I need to get some confidence in my putting and I bet I could have shaved a good 5 strokes off my score in each round.
Darren, however, placed in our division, so that was cool.
All in all, it was a good weekend. A sleepless one, but a good one.
A lot of money was raised for cancer research and it was perfect weather for a disc golf tournament (despite the fact that I finished last in my division).
You can see more photos from the Relay For Life on my Flickr stream.
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