Scotts Valley, CA, May 21, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- If you see what appear to be cowboys sprinting around the track around 2am this Sunday at Skypark, don’t be alarmed. It’s not some kind of demented moonlight rodeo; it’s the Cowboy Lap of the Scotts Valley Relay for Life, an annual fundraiser for cancer research. Relay for Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people to “celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer; remember loved ones lost to the disease; and fight back against a disease that takes too much.” All funds raised will go to the American Cancer Society®
Touted by local event organizer Jackie Maurer as the biggest slumber party in Scotts Valley, the event is designed to raise awareness about a serious disease with a fun and community-centered event. Beginning at 10am on Saturday, DJ Laurie Roberts will kick off the event with opening ceremonies and the Survivors Lap. This year, each lap will have its own theme, such as Punk Rock Lap, Mustache Lap, and Clown Lap (coulrophobics beware). Former Scotts Valley mayor and Honorary Chair, Jim Reed will be a featured speaker.
The Kiwanis Club will be barbecuing, and each team will be selling food, beverages, and other items at their campsites. A bounce house and kids’ camp with arts and crafts, games and more is sure to keep the little ones happy. Live bands will motivate and entertain participants as they make their way around the track throughout the duration of the event. Journey tribute band Departure is making the trek from Sacramento to show their support for the Relay and its cause. According to event organizer Jackie Maurer, 28 teams have signed up to participate, with more expected. A total of $38,900 has been raised so far.
The Relay will begin at 10am on Saturday and continue through 10am on Sunday. Skypark is at 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley.
About Relay For Life
Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relays are 24 hours in length; representing the reality that cancer never sleeps. By participating, you honor cancer survivors, pay tribute to the lives lost to the disease, and raise money to help fight cancer in your community.
Relay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man’s passion to fight cancer into the world’s largest movement to end the disease. For more information, visit the Relay for Life information page at www.relayforlife.org/scottsvalleyca