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Hitting their stride

Relay for Life returns Friday

July 10, 2012
Anne Blankenship - Managing Editor ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

Teams of walkers will take to the track Friday night for the Hamilton County Relay for Life.

This year's event is scheduled for 6 p.m. to midnight at the Webster City High School Track. Organizers said entertainment, music and food are planned for the relay. Special laps are planned throughout the evening, including one to honor survivors.

The luminaria display -small white sacks with lighted candles inside - in memory or in honor of a loved one who has been touched by cancer, will be lit at 10 p.m. There is still time to purchase a luminaria. A donation of $10 per luminaria is suggested. Checks should be made payable to the American Cancer Society and orders must be place by Friday. Forms may be sent with payment to Pat Nokes, 992 Buxton Drive, Webster City, IA 50595.

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Cancer survivors will take the first lap around the high school track on Friday when Hamilton County Relay for Life takes place. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight.

More teams needed

Event organizers are hoping to recruit more teams to participate. For more information on team registration, contact Ashley Bentley at (515) 341-3564.

The Relay for Life is a community celebration in which individuals and teams camp out, barbecue, dance and take turns walking around the track relay-style to raise funds and to celebrate the lives of those who have had cancer and those fighting back against cancer.

Full slate

The committee members have planned a full slate of activities and special events throughout the evening of the Relay for Life. Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. with a prayer led by the Rev. Craig Blaufuss and the National Anthem performed by Laura Monson. The relay begins at 6:15 p.m. with the survivors lap, followed by the care givers lap and a parade of teams.

A pie auction is scheduled for 7 p.m., along with a Hawaiian lap around the track. At 7:30 p.m., it's Zumba time. A reverse lap will begin at 8 p.m. and mini games will begin at 8:15 p.m. The Frozen T-shirt contest, a popular event from last year, returns at 8:45 p.m. The luminaria ceremony will begin at 10 p.m. and the closing ceremony will begin at 10:15 p.m. with fireworks donated by the Williams Lions Club.

The Midwest Rampage will provide a dunk tank and games, and concessions will be served from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.



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