Fitness for a good cause kicks off locally in June with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in Delray Beach.
The event runs from June 7 through June 8, starting at 4 p.m. and ending at 7:30 a.m. And yes, you read that right: it goes throughout the night. The relay begins and finishes at Old School Square (51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach) in Downtown Delray.
What is Relay for Life?
It’s an event that happens globally to honor cancer survivors and people who have died from the disease, as well as to raise funds for programs and research and create cancer awareness. Millions of people in thousands of U.S. towns and cities participate in these relays. The relays happen internationally, too. The goal of the events is to raise awareness and funds for the organization's cause.
Relay at Delray
Relay teams of participants will camp out at Old School Square, as team members take turns to run or walk around a designated path. Teams should have someone on the path at all times during 15 ½ hour relay. As stated by the American Cancer Society, “cancer never sleeps,” and the event follows that ideology. You can join as a team (and pledge to raise money) or join an existing team.
The Delray Beach Relay for Life starts with the event’s traditional opening ceremony and survivors’ lap, where survivors lead the way around the track while participants honor and applaud them. The goal is $31,000 for the Delray event.
To find out more about the relay, activities and entertainment throughout the event, go to: www.relayforlife.org/downtowndelrayfl, or contact the American Cancer Society at 561/394-7751, ext 5313.
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Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on www.wordscomealive.com.