MEGAN LANE / BRANDON SUN
Cancer survivors take the first lap at the annual Relay for Life event at the Sportsplex Track on Saturday evening. The event, which ran overnight until 6 a.m., drew criticism for having extremely loud music playing in a residential area.
The 13th annual Relay for Life created its fair share of noise throughout Brandon for a number of reasons.
The high-profile cancer society event, which was hosted for the first time at the walking track behind the Sportsplex on Saturday, drew criticism from some nearby residents for the decibel level of the sound system.
Jason Permanand, a communications officer with the Canadian Cancer Society, said the goal of the relay was to "engage Manitobans in the cancer fight."
"We pride ourselves on being good neighbours," Permanand said. "This is the first experience with the new site and we apologize if we bothered anyone. Our goal is to bring people together, not upset them."
Brandon Police Service Const. Trevor Robins said they received one official complaint from the area regarding the noise between 11 p.m. and midnight.
One participant, who asked to remain anonymous, said the music at the relay was "extremely loud."
Permanand said the organization will take measures to ensure there are no disturbances in the future.
"It’s an overnight event where we celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and engage people to fight back together," Permanand said. "We walk the track with the mindset that cancer never sleeps, so for one night, neither do we."
The relay ran from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m.
"Music and activities are planned throughout the night to keep people active and give them energy," he said.
No site has been selected for next year’s relay. In the past the organization has used the Keystone Centre and the Riverbank Discovery Centre, but chose the Sportsplex this year due to its superior walking track, according to Permanand.
Relayers are still working to reach the more than $100,000 goal, bringing in more than $93,000 to date.
"Our goal is to bring people together to make a difference in the fight against cancer and we thank the community for participating," Permanand said.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 19, 2014