Cranbrook paintball fundraiser features running of the gauntlet

Local group hosting Echo Field event for Jacey Uphill

Here are four jolly fellows who are prepared to “run the gauntlet” in a couple of weeks as part of a fundraiser for a young Cranbrook woman battling cancer. Left to right: Rob Stang

A local group is organizing a fundraiser for a young Cranbrook woman who is battling cancer – and some of those involved are putting their skin on the line.

A paintball afternoon is set for Sept. 29, to assist 19-year-old Jacey Underhill.

Rob Stang, one of the organizers, said Echo Field Paintball is happy to take part and help out Jacey and her family.

The event runs Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Echo Field, five minutes west of town.

The event is open to anyone, male and female, ages 10 years old and over. Four categories are available: Men’s Open, Men’s Recreational, Mixed Recreational, and Ladies Open.

Teams of five to eight persons are eligible to enter, and games will last 15 minutes or until one team surrenders. Each team is guaranteed four games, Stang said.

As well, the day will feature a “running of the gauntlet.” Stang said that several “notable” individuals from the community will take turns lining up and literally running the gauntlet of everyone who wants to pay one dollar a ball to take shots at them. Stang hopes the opportunity to sting the skin of someone like, say, the editor of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman would attract a lot of shooters.

Entry fees are $50 a team, which gets you a paintball gun and access to the field. Another $20 buys you 200 paintballs. “You’re looking at about $40 a person to come out and play,” Stang said.

Stang said he and the other organizers are hoping to make the paintball fundraiser an annual event. “We want to run the event every year and build on it, for someone who needs help,” he said.

To enter, call Mirrette at 250-421-0052.