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Trio do full 24 hours in memory of Duck
There were 17 people who signed up to walk the full 24 hours of the Relay for Life on the weekend.
When Sara and Megan Bolin and Lisa Montpellier were asked why they were doing it, their answer was simple.
Dave ‘Duck’ Prince was Lisa’s brother and a friend of the Bolin sisters. As part of Team Duck, they were keeping his memory alive and raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society.
“Dave’s the reason we’re here,” said Sara, who also did the full 24 hours two years ago. “It was a goal to accomplish. It was hard, but not as bad as I thought it would be.
“There was a lot of support from the other walkers when they saw you were wearing the shirt for a 24-hour walker.”
Megan said she decided to join Sara this year to walk with her sister.
“Our boyfriends were going to walk with us,” she said with a smile, “but they bailed. They had to go to a job in Alberta.”
For Lisa, it was about family.
“My Mom told me Megan and Sara were dong the 24 hours. This year would have been Dave’s 30th birthday, so I wanted to do something special.”
Dave Price was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and passed away in November 2008.
Sara said she was expecting she and her teammates would keep to the same routine she did two years ago.
“About the only time I left the track was for a bathroom break. I ate on the track, and that’s what we’ll do this year.”
And while water and protein bars were a major part of the nutrition plan, there were some other foods planned.
“We’ll have spaghetti tonight. We’ll eat that from plates on the track,” Sara said. “And it’s become sort of a tradition to have cheeseburgers at 4 a.m.”
As the relay wore on, the three kept their spirits up, even while their speed slowed at times.
“I’ve got blisters already,” Sara said Saturday evening. “It’s a lot hotter than it was two years ago.”
Lisa also picked up some blisters, and said “sweaty socks” weren’t a lot of fun to walk in.
Other members of the team walked with them, and other relay participants also made a point of talking to them as they went around the track.
“I’ve met so many people,” Megan said, “and we’re all here for the same reason.”
At the end of the 24 hours, the three came together for some photos, and Megan held up the lap counter she’d kept with her for the whole time.
“We did 190 laps. That’s pretty good.”