Every year across the United States, relays are organized to raise money for the fight against cancer. The Relay for Life relay walk will take place Oct. 12 at noon at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The relay will benefit the American Cancer Society.
Relay for Life is a charitable organization that relays all over the country in an effort to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. These relays have been happening in New Mexico for nearly 25 years.
For the better part of three decades, people have been forming teams to participate in these relays. Teams participate in fundraisers that range anywhere from bake sales to car washes. Those who are leading a team or wish to start their own fundraiser, have access to a full library of resources and discussion boards on the Relay for Life website. These discussion boards go over topics such as sponsorships, logistics, and fundraising ideas.
Relays are generally set up around a track or a set stretch of walkway. After opening ceremonies, members of each team start to walk around the path set for the event. The goal is to have at least one person from your team walking at any given time until the end of the relay. Depending on the relay, the total time walking can be anywhere between 12 to 24 hours. The main goal of this event is to promote the battle against cancer, which means the relay itself is more about persisting through the whole relay rather than to reach a finish line.
In recent years, relays have been decreasing in number across New Mexico. “New Mexico used to have 48 relays, and now we’re down to about 6.” Explained relay coordinator, Mark Clark. The decline in relays in the state means that several counties have consolidated their efforts and put on a combined relay. The event held in Eastern New Mexico combines Clovis, Portales, and surrounding areas. This year’s relay will be hosted at Oasis State Park on Oct. 12. Registration is open until the start of the relay. Events at each relay depend on both the community and organizers. The Eastern New Mexico relay will include corn hole tournaments, horseshoe tournaments, food vendors, and more. Those that participate in the relay will enjoy free parking and events.
People who are interested in creating a team or joining a preexisting one, can visit the Relay for Life website. Users can click on “Join a Relay” and choose “Relay for Life of Eastern New Mexico”. Participants can join in on team fundraising, meet other teams, and spend a weekend supporting with other participants. Registration is open until the start of the event on Oct. 12. If you would like more information, visit the Relay for Life website.