Brownwood’s annual Relay for Life event is returning this Saturday, July 8 with a 5K, Survivor’s Lap and Duck Drop at Riverside Park.   

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., teams will set up booths selling food and merchandise while the racing events unfold around the park. All the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.   

Travis Curry is the team coordinator for Brownwood’s Relay for Life event, a position he has held for several years. Curry said the 5K is a new addition to the Relay this year, and the reason for its new location.   

While the five-kilometer run needs no explanation, Curry said the Duck Drop is one of the Relay’s more unique events. It involves purchasing a “duck” and placing it in the Pecan Bayou, with prizes going to the first, second and third place finishers.    

The festivities will kick off with booths and performances in the morning, and the 5K will begin around 9 a.m. The Duck Drop will take place at noon. Curry said attendees are welcome to register for all events on the day of the event.   

“People can still sign up for teams as well,” Curry said. He said Relay “teams” help fundraise for the event and then operate one booth during the day. “They just support each other,” Curry said. “It’s kind of a competition between teams to see who can raise the most money.”   

To register as a team, make a donation or participate in the the 5K, Duck Drop or Survivor’s Lap, those interested can visit www.relayforlife.org/browncotx. More information is also available on the group’s Facebook page, Relay for Life of Brown County TX.   

Relay for Life is also planning a dinner event for local survivors. Curry said 98 percent of Relay for Life donations go directly to research.   

Riverside Park is located on Riverside Park Dr. behind United in Brownwood.