The Relay for Life of Columbia County is expected to grow in its new location.
The 12th annual Amer-ican Cancer Society relay, formerly known as the Harlem Relay for Life, will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at Evans Towne Center Park in Evans.
“What better place to have the relay than at the pavilion at the park,” said event chairman Chad Harpley. “It’s such a beautiful place.”
The relay outgrew the facilities at Harlem Middle School and moved to the Columbia County Fairgrounds last year. The park, Harpley said, is more centrally located to the many schools and other teams, and gives participants plenty of room to spread out. The park also provides the playground for children, along with restrooms and other amenities.
“We’re just super-excited for the event to happen,” Harpley said.
Opening ceremonies will start at 7 p.m., followed by laps for survivors and caregivers. The luminary service will be at 9:30 p.m.
The relay will include “double the teams that we had last year,” said Beth Firebaugh, community manager for the American Cancer Society’s Augusta office.
The relay includes volunteers from each team walking all night long and a variety of family-friendly games and activities centered around the event’s sports theme – Teaming Up Against Cancer.
The event raised more than its $120,000 goal last year. Organizers are hoping to raise $180,000 for the cancer society this year and teams have already raised nearly $90,000.
For more information, call (706) 731-9900 or visit www.relayforlife.org.