Issaquah Relay for Life has a record weekend

June 11, 2013

By Peter Clark

In raising money for the American Cancer Society, the annual Relay for Life had a record-setting weekend.

Returning to its original location at the newly remodeled Issaquah High School, Event Chairwoman Gwen Schweitzer said that more teams than ever registered, pulling in the highest sum the 15 years of the event has seen.

“It was fantastic,” she said. “We had a great turnout.”

She said that the 20 -hour relay, which began at 6 p.m. June 7, raised more than $258,000. With a $300,000 goal for the year, she was very pleased with how close the event brought them. Eighty-nine teams took part, besting the previous record of 84 teams, set last year.

Additionally, they had 107 people sign up for the American Cancer Society’s third cancer prevention study. Schweitzer said that they were trying to enlist 127 people, but the society said it still was better than an average turnout.

The Pantene Beautiful Lengths program was also present to accept hair donations to make wigs for people going through chemotherapy. Schweitzer said that 18 people, including herself, donated their locks.

“One girl cut off 17 inches,” she said.

Returning to the high school was a real boon for the event that Schweitzer felt added to the event.

“It’s great every year, but this was a really great relay,” she said. “The new field was gorgeous.”

She said that more than 30 people did the midnight mile, a new event created by Skyline High School students.

“We hope to really grow that next year,” she said. “It’s exciting to see the new events really take off.”

She said that Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart senior Elle Jacobus walked more than 40 miles during the event.

“She had a smile on her face the entire time,” Schweitzer said.


How to help

The Issaquah Relay for Life will continue to accept donations through the calendar year in hopes of reaching its goal. Learn more and donate at


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