This year’s theme for the annual Brown County Relay For Life is “Hunting for a Cure” and it’s assured hundreds will begin the hunt at 6 p.m. at Gordon Wood Stadium.
And while the challenge of the theme will hardly be wasted on anyone, the 40 or more teams in the “hunt” shouldn’t have any trouble finding a good time.
As in year’s past, the event will open with a survivors’ lap at 6 p.m. today, followed by a caregivers’ lap at 7 p.m.
But that’s the official start. The stadium will open at 3 p.m. and registrants can “come in and get set up any time between 3 and 6 p.m. today,” said Tammy Robinson, a co-chair for the event.
A “kind of new” game of “potato golf” is set for 7:30 p.m., and a “fighting back” ceremony is set for 8 p.m.
The YMCA lap will begin at 8:30 p.m., with a three-legged race at 9 p.m. and “heads or tails” at 9:30 p.m.
The luminary ceremony, during which the stadium’s lights are dimmed and candles are lighted in honor or memory of cancer patients, will begin at 10 p.m.
But as those who have been involved for a number of years know, Relay For Life is an all night long 12-hour event. And activities will keep on happening until dawn.
Relay for Life is a major fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society’s local chapter and helps support cancer research and educational programs.
Cancer survivors Dustin Becktold and Kelly Rose are the honorary chairs for the event. Becktold, 12, a sixth-grader at Early, represents the youth of Brown County stricken by cancer. Rose, an ICU nurse at Brownwood Regional Medical Center, is the honorary chair for the adults.
Other “fun things” scheduled for the night include a “puffy race” is set for 11 p.m., and Mr. Relay Pageant will start at midnight. A limbo lap is scheduled for 1 a.m., alligator wrestling will be held at 2 a.m., a frozen T-shirt event will begin at 3 a.m., a poker lap is set for 3:30 a.m., “bust your bubble” will begin at 4 a.m., and mummy wrap will be held at 4:30 a.m.
From 8 p.m. until 4 a.m., ongoing events will include a badminton tournament, camouflage face painting, line dancing, cake and cookie walk, cancer facts scavenger hunt and camouflage face painting.