The 5th Annual Relay For Life Wagon Train will ride again Monday. Bob Kearney and friends invite friends and interested riders to hitch up their wagons and join them along any stretch of the trek.
The purpose of the annual event is to rasie funds for Relay for Life and awareness for the American Cancer Society.
Bob Kearney said he’d always wanted to ride a wagon train. When his niece, Ashley McCracken, began brainstorming ways for Team McCracken to raise funds for Hopkins County Relay For Life in 2009, he saw an opportunity to do both.
Kearney got a few friends and family members in on the fun. They talked to local businesses and got sponsors to help pay for costs of constructing wagons and expenses for the wagon ride. The ride is always different, venturing in the past into Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.
This year’s ride is expected to take five weeks, starting at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in Saltillo. The wagon train is heading to Monroe, La., and back. Generally, the mule-lead team makes 15-30 miles a day, depending on the route and weather conditions. Often locations, food and other items are donated to help them on their way, along with contributions for Relay For Life.
Funds from this year’s ride will go to Saltillo Family, Career and Community Leaders of American Chapter and Saltillo ISD & Friends Relay For Life teams, to benefit the American Cancer Society. All donations are greatly appreciated, Kearney and Saltillo teams noted.
Friends and ACS supporters are encouraged to be on hand Saltillo to see Kearney’s team off. Anyone interested in joining the ride is welcome to hitch up their wagons; horse riders are welcome too. Kearney reminds all to be sure to pack their sleeping supplies too.
For more information, call Bob Kearney at 903-438-5149.
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