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October 5, 2013

Family relay event returns for sixth year

DANVILLE — The Gilbert Relays were held in Danville this past Wednesday with the help of volunteers and community support from local businesses.

The sixth annual relay event was created by Lou and Jana Gilbert when their daughter ran with the Danville Middle School cross country team. The team came to the Gilbert’s home to practice on the land they owned, a quarter of a mile from the middle school.

The family held it at their home for the first four years, and after they moved, West Bridge Church said they could continue the event at their disc golf course. The course is one-third of a mile.

“We’ve been doing this on the first Wednesday in October every year, right before the cross country season ends,” said Lou Gilbert. “This is exciting for the kids.”

The DMS cross country team consists of 40 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders who split up into teams of three for the relay race. Each member runs four laps, alternating each time until they reach four miles total.

Each team was announced before the race, followed by cheers from the DMS cheerleaders, the high school cross country team, and two Colts cheerleaders.

“You usually don’t see cheerleaders cheering on runners,” Jana Gilbert said. “We also have a celebrity runner every year, and this year two Colts cheerleaders were nice enough to come out and cheer the kids on as well.”

After the race, both cross country teams got free T-shirts, a free “pasta in a cup” dinner from Mabel on the Move, and dessert from Dairy Queen.

The first-place team — Bobby Smith, Megan McAdams and Kelly Ross — each won prizes donated by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, certificates from the Roayl Theater and the Hot Diggity Dog restaurant in Danville, a free haircut, and a free one-month membership to the recreation center in Danville.

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