The Washington County Relay for Life, an overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will be held Friday evening through Saturday morning at the track at Indian Trail Intermediate School, corner of North Roan Street and Car Mol Drive.
The band Spank will perform at 6 p.m. and opening ceremonies will begin at 7. The band Full Tilt will play at 7:30 and will followed by DJ Alan Dodson.
The relay will begin with a special survivor’s lap around the track at 7:30, followed by a lap to honor caregivers for those with cancer. Relay teams will walk throughout the night, each representing a different country in keeping with this year’s Relay theme, “Searching The World For A Cure.”
Team campsites will offer food, games and other fun activities throughout the night to help raise funds for cancer research, preventative education and local patient services supported by the ACS. Competitive events will include a Mr. Relay pageant, a rooster crow contest, a Midnight 5K, a dance along with Zumba and a Relay scavenger hunt. Special laps will include a bunny hop lap, an Olympic torch lap, the reversed crazy hat lap and the PJ lap.
For the first time this year, the Relay will also include a “Hope Has No Curfew” challenge in which all participants who register to walk throughout the night will receive a Hope Has No Curfew shirt. Closing ceremonies will begin at 6 a.m. Saturday.
“This is going to be a Relay that people do not want to miss. We have several new teams, lots of dedicated returning Relayers and our new theme,” event co-chairwoman Cindy Robinson said.
“Cancer affects everyone regardless of their race, sex or age. We must unite worldwide to fight this unbiased killer. Our goal is to bring attention to the fact that we are fighting to find a cure worldwide and not just in the U.S.,” Robinson said.