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Relay teams pass through Washington Twp. on way to D.C.

April 26, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A total of 130 teams with 12 runners each crossed through Washington Township, Pa., on Friday as part of the two-day American Odyssey Relay run that concluded Saturday in Washington, D.C.

Twenty-six volunteers assisted at the Rouzerville Commons checkpoint. Other groups helped at Old Forge Road and at the new South Mountain, Pa., armory, according to Don Baldwin, who was coordinating the race in the Waynesboro area.

Vendors at Rouzerville Commons sold food like funnel cakes, ice cream and fruit. They were required to donate 8 percent of proceeds to The Wellness Community, a Washington, D.C., cancer support charity the overall race is benefiting.

"All the vendors that were there committed to coming next year," Baldwin said, saying the 2011 race will be held April 29 and 30.

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No injuries were reported in the Waynesboro area, although one man lost the route south of the race's starting point in Gettysburg, Pa., Baldwin said.

Runners started arriving in Waynesboro around 3 p.m., and most had passed through by nightfall. A Franklin County (Pa.) Visitors Bureau representative portraying Benjamin Franklin encouraged runners, while spectators had a chance to explore midget race cars.

The Franklin County teams finished after 30 hours, Baldwin said.

"As far as most teams are concerned, finishing it is the win," he said.

For more information about the race, go to http://www.americanodysseyrelay.com.

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