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Relayers look to step on cancer tonight at Road Atlanta
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Relay for Life of Hall County

What: American Cancer Society fundraiser

When: 7 p.m. today to 7 a.m. Saturday

Where: Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton

Hall County will hold its annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life event tonight at Road Atlanta in Braselton, 5300 Winder Highway.

Now in its 21st year in Hall County, Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s biggest single fundraiser for cancer research.

An opening ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. and attendees can expect ample parking. Volunteers will be on hand to direct motorists, and school buses will be available to shuttle those who have to park farther away.

Cancer survivors will receive premium parking spaces close to the track. Survivors can register for the event beginning at 5:30 p.m.

But you don’t have to be a survivor to participate. Everyone is welcome and there is no requirement to run or walk.

Rena Pendley, American Cancer Society relay specialist representing Hall and Lumpkin counties, encourages attendees to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the many festivities going on all night. Entertainment, including activities for kids and live music, will begin at 7 p.m. and last until morning when the event concludes at 7 a.m.

“Relay for Life is all about ‘cancer never sleeps, and neither do we,’” Pendley said.

The first lap of the survivor relay, which celebrates those who have beaten cancer, will begin at 7 p.m. From 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., laps will be run in recognition of different types of cancer.

A ceremony will also be held for those who have died of the disease.

A 5-kilometer Glow Trot, which is a qualifying event for the Peachtree Road Race, begins at 8 p.m., followed by a 1-mile fun run at 8:30 p.m. Both events will take place on the Road Atlanta race track.

About 1,350 participants representing 100 teams, including families, churches and businesses, have registered for the event, raising about $160,000 in the process. Relay officials have set a $300,000 goal for cancer research funding.

In 1994, the event’s first year in Hall County, about $24,000 was raised.

“Relay for Life is about celebrating, remembering and fighting back,” Pendley said.