Proceeds from June 2 event at Silver Lake Park will benefit the American Cancer Society

For the 20th year of Middletown’s Relay for Life, organizers have planned a new one-day format instead of an overnight event in the fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Relay for Life will be held Saturday, June 2 at Silver Lake Park. Teams walk around the track to remember loved ones lost to cancer, honor survivors of all cancers and raise money to help in the fight against cancer.

“In the past 19 years this community has raised well over $3 million to support the work of the American Cancer Society,” said Mary Ward-Hutchison, co-chair of Relay for Life of Middletown. “Last year we had 60 teams with 530 registered participants and raised $165,000. So far this year we have 43 teams registered, and we will accept registrations of teams and individuals up to and including the day of the event.”

Registration is $20 and is available on the website at www.middletownrelay.org.

“Many of our teams fund raise year round and come to the event to enjoy the various activities planned by our event committee. Other teams hold small fundraisers at the event, including raffles and sales,” said Ward-Hutchison.

Schedule of events

Relay for Life will begin with a 5K run/walk at 8:30 a.m. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. For run/walk registration, see the website www.triassicsports.com and click on “Relay for Life 5K – 6/2/18.”

New this year is the Relay for Life Car Show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration starts at 10 a.m. The entry fee for car owners is $20, and all makes and models welcome. Admission for spectators is free but they can participate in the judging by making a $1 donation per vote to determine the winner of the People’s Choice award.

At 4 p.m., the Relay for Life opening ceremony will begin, including the Survivor Lap, where cancer survivors and their caregivers are honored as they take the first lap to kick off the event. Then they are treated to a delicious meal. After the ceremony, team members take turns walking the track.

Newly-purchased bricks will be installed in the Walk of Hope, a permanent brick sidewalk in the park. Bricks can be personalized with names, sayings, messages of hope, or dedications to loved ones.

The expanded Kids Area will be open from 4:30 -8:30 p.m., offering children of all ages the opportunity to can jump on the inflatables, play games and enjoy snacks all for a $2 donation per child.

Back again this year at 7 p.m. is “Cuts for the Cure” where volunteers donate a portion of their hair to make wigs for cancer patients.

At 9 p.m., the Luminary Ceremony will be held with white bags with candles inside circling the track, each to honor or remember a loved one. Purple bags can be dedicated to caregivers by cancer survivors.

The closing ceremony will be held at 10:30 p.m.

For more information, see www.middletownrelay.org.