Forks' 12th annual Relay For Life is Friday and Saturday at the FHS track. The walking begins at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, and continues nonstop until noon, Saturday, Aug. 2. This year’s theme “A Knight for a FIGHT for a Cure! will be played out with knight games, catapults, castles and CUREalot passports to guide participants around the track. Passports will be stamped at the 10 team sites and a completed passport can be traded in for drawing prizes.
A Celebration of Survivors with the “Royalty of Relay” will take place during opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. This will include the crowning of our Relay Queen, cancer survivor, 101-year-old Pearl Lucken, the honoring of all cancer survivors young and old, and a survivor/caregiver lap.
Relay Sponsors will be recognized following the Survivor Lap. Forks sets the Olympic Peninsula record for sponsorship, with 34. Festivities continue throughout the evening with live entertainment at the stadium, “Knight” games and fabulous food.
As darkness falls, hope lights the way with a luminaria ceremony and a time to remember those lost to cancer. Join us at the stadium at 10 p.m. to watch the lighting of about 500 luminaria bags with candles. Each represents someone who has battled cancer, some honor the survivors, while others are in loving memory of those we have lost.
Because cancer doesn’t sleep, neither will the participants. Teams will continue to walk the track all night guided by the light of the luminarias. A Scavenger Hunt will take place at 11 p.m. and the gang from Forks Athletic and Aquatic Center will offer Zumba at midnight.
At daylight, festivities begin again at 5:30 a.m., with Yoga at Daybreak; breakfast is served at 6:30 a.m. and live entertainment continues. At 10:30 a.m. Forks High School cheerleaders will be leading “Fight Back!” Closing Ceremony/Awards followed by the final lap around the track will take place at 11:30 a.m. This year’s goal is to raise $35,000 for the American Cancer Society.