Public is invited to join Relay for Life

May 27, 2014

By David Hayes

It may be too late to sign up a new team, but the invitation remains open to the public to join in on all the fun at the annual Relay For Life this Memorial Day weekend.

Mayor Fred Butler will kick off the event at noon May 31, setting in motion 767 participants on 93 teams circling the track at Issaquah High School, raising funds for cancer research.

“We have passed our goal of 90 teams and are well on our way to our goal of raising $300,000 for the American Cancer Society,” said event chairwoman Stacy Strickland. “We are currently pacing ahead of this time last year, so we are confident that our Issaquah community will help us reach our goal.”

As of May 23, the teams have raised $129,436. Teams raise money by soliciting pledges from the community for the amount of laps around the track they complete during the overnight walk-a-thon. To keep the money rolling in, Strickland said the silent auction returns for its sixth year from 12:30-3:30 p.m. with items to bid upon donated by event sponsor Target.

In addition, Superior Seconds will be on site to operate the Relay Store with clothing and other relay gear. The Kiwanis Club of Issaquah will provide food and operate a concession stand.

The highlight of the relay event is at 10 p.m. with the Luminaria ceremony, where glowing tributes line the track and stands in honor of loved ones who have either won or lost their fight with cancer.

“One of the greatest things about the event is the funding stays local,” Strickland said. “From Fred Hutchinson to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, our region receives grants directly from the American Cancer Society from the money we raised.”

To keep the fun rolling throughout the night, Strickland said there are various activities scheduled, including “minute-to-win-it” games, a class hosted by the Sammamish Club, karaoke, whale races and more.

There is also a “Midnight Mile” event at midnight.

“Registration is $15 and participants will receive a specially designed shirt for the event and can run or walk their mile at midnight,” Strickland said. “The registration fee goes directly to the American Cancer Society.”

The relay concludes with closing ceremony at 8 am. June 1.

If you go
Relay For Life

  • Noon May 31 to 8 a.m. June 1
  • Issaquah High School
  • 700 Second Ave. S.E.
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