Relay For Life to be held at Rock Bridge track Friday

Friday, June 10, 2011 | 11:56 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The 17th annual Relay For Life of Boone County will be held from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday at Rock Bridge High School's track.

Over the past 17 years, Relay For Life has raised almost $2 million in Boone County for the American Cancer Society. There are currently 70 teams on this year's roster, but people can register online at any time up until the event.

“We encourage anyone in the community to come out and join the fight, whether they are signed up with a team or not,” said Lauren Lineweber, community manager for income development for Relay For Life in Boone County.

Multiple events are planned throughout the relay. Munchkin' Land, a side area for children that features bounce houses, will open about 5:30 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. A live and silent auction will also take place. In the early morning hours, a rooster-crowing contest will be held.

The list of events can be found on the event's website.

Lineweber said the event has raised $136,000 so far and organizers are hoping to hit $207,000. Last year, the event raised $196,000.

Some people come from out-of-state to walk with family members and others come from surrounding counties to participate, Lineweber said. Relay For Life invites people to walk for the entire time, representing a cancer patient’s journey through cancer.

Although there is a chance for rain Friday night, Lineweber said the event will continue unless there is a thunderstorm and lightning. In that case, a mass e-mail will be sent to all participants registered on the website. Notice of the cancellation will also be broadcast on KMIZ/Channel 17 and KCLA FM and posted on the event's website.

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