Dade “First Lady” Diane Rumley speaks at the Dade Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon on Friday, inviting all to turn out for them county’s Color Me Purple Relay for Life event on Aug. 3rd.
By: Robin Ford Wallace, Reporter
Lady” Diane Rumley is coordinating the county’s version of the American Cancer
Society’s Relay for Life this year, and she took the occasion of last week’s
Dade County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon to talk about it.
“I like to do
things a little bit different,” said Ms. Rumley to the noon crowd assembled at
Guthrie’s Chicken on Friday.
the annual event to raise money for cancer research will include beside the
main event, the traditional overnight relay walk/run on Sept. 6, a separate
five-kilometer “color run” on Aug. 3 in which participants are splashed with
body paint as they speed past certain checkpoints.
Ms. Rumley is
calling the Aug. 3 event “Color Me Purple,” which provides a valuable clue as
to the hue of the paint to be used. She says she is a little purple most of the
time herself already from experimenting with the formula for the pigmented
powder, which she says is nontoxic and made from Tempera paint and cornstarch.
Ms. Rumley said
other race organizers have used the body paint idea and it has proved popular
with runners. “People love it,” she said. “They have it all over them and they
Relay for Life
is an organized, worldwide overnight event in which teams take turn walking or
running to raise consciousness of cancer and funds for cancer research. Dade’s
official Relay will start at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6, on the football field of Dade
The Color Me
Purple race will begin at 9 a.m. on Aug. 3 at the gazebo in the Trenton town
square. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
and costs $25. Participants will run from there north to the county industrial
park, being splashed with the purple powder at three places along the way, then
repeat the circuit to make up the five kilometers.
that, the Dade County Commission at its regular monthly meeting on Aug. 1 will
declare August through Sept. 6 Relay for Life Month. After the meeting, the
commission will go to the gazebo on the Trenton square and turn the town purple
In addition to the
two races, there will be associated Relay for Life events such as a survivors’
reception and a kids’ tie-dye event.
urged prospective attendees to get their relay teams together and register for
the main event on Sept. 6. Registration forms may be picked up at Curves and
Case Hardware in Trenton or copied from the Relay’s Facebook page and mailed to
Ms. Rumley at P.O. Box 68. Rising Fawn, Ga. 30738.
Ms. Rumley said
participants may register as late as the day of the Relay; their T-shirts will
just arrive a little late. For more information on how to register or raise
pledges, visit Dade County Relay for Life on Facebook or go to its website,
Even if you’re
not up for either race, Ms. Rumley urges you to volunteer for the color run as
a paint splasher, make a sign for the Sept. 6 Relay to show solidarity with
cancer sufferers, or just show up and shout your support for participants.
“Let’s make it like a parade,” she said. “We’re a small county but we can do
President-Elect Daniel Case seconded the invitation, reminding the lunch crowd,
"This area is known for cancer.” He said in fact he has heard Dade County
and its environs referred to as “down there where all the cancer is.” He spoke
of the pain the disease had caused in his own family and urged all to turn out
for the Relay. “It’s a big deal for us in the county,” he said.
invited all to the Chamber’s annual Duck Race Social, which this year will be
Sept. 21 at R Haven Family Overnite Park on Highway 11 South. “This year we’re
trying to blow it out,” he said.
As has been
done in the past, chances will be sold at $5 a duck, or $20 for a duck in all
five “heats.” But this year the Chamber is recruiting food vendors, bands and
entertainers to make the event a show. If you want to sell food or perform,
Case urges you to call the Chamber at (706) 657-4488.
Executive Director Debbie Tinker added that fall is a busy time on Dade’s
social scene and that from the Relay for Life race on Sept. 6 there is a civic
event almost every weekend until Christmas. “Just check the Chamber calendar,”
is available at www.dadechamber.com.