|Relay for Life takes place Saturday-Sunday at SMV
The Relay for Life, a fundraiser sponsored by the American Cancer Society, takes place Saturday at 10 a.m. and concludes Sunday at 10 a.m. at Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park.The event is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk featuring teams walking around the track at SMV.
Members of each team take turns walking around the track.Registration and campsite set up is Saturday from 7:30-9:30 a.m. There also will be a classic car show this year, and check-in for the autos is 9 a.m. In the span of 24 hours, there will be several activities, including a hula hoop class, a kids zone, a martial arts demonstration and a show lap by the classic cars.There also will be a fitness challenge, a "Road to Recovery" box car derby race and a Mr. Relay pageant.
Two of the highlights of the Relay for life are the survivors lap and the Luminaria ceremony. During the Survivors' Lap, all cancer survivors at the event will take the first lap around the track and will be cheered on by other participants who line the track. The Luminaria Ceremony takes place after dark in remembrance of those who have been lost to cancer. It also honors those who have fought cancer in the past and supports those who continue the fight. Candles are lit inside personalized bags and are placed around the track as tributes to those affected by cancer.