Thousands expected to turn out for Relay for Life at Elk Ridge Park

The American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life will be held Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14 and for the first time it will be held at the Elk Ridge Park in North Logan. Logistics Chairman Travis Robson says teams are still being formed to take part in the overnight relay which is held each year to raise money for cancer research.

Between 1,500 and 2,000 people are expected to take part in the relay. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Robson said the event starts at 2 p.m. Friday with a brief opening program and continues for 24 hours with many of the teams camping out around the track.

“Then we’ll also have our luminary ceremony which is at dusk,” Robson said. “Everything will go quiet and dark. They’ll do a video and have some speakers then they’ll light all the luminaries which people have designed, put up in honor of people or in memory of people and family members who have succumbed to or surviving cancer.”

Robson said among the teams taking part in the Relay for Life are those that are made up of cancer survivors, their families and friends. He said cancer survivors as young as two to four years old and as old as 90 are expected to participate along with their families and friends.

Robson a special dinner for survivors is also on tap for Friday evening.

“A survivor is anybody whose had cancer, whether it was 20 years ago or longer or somebody barely diagnosed. Even barely diagnosed or still surviving you’re still fighting back on cancer.”

Robson said last year approximately $90,000 was raised through Relay for Life to help find a cure for cancer and he’s hoping more will be raised this year.

It’s not too late to line up a team. For more information, visit <a target=”_blank” href=””></a> and click on ‘Find an Event.’

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