Relay For Life in Steamboat Springs kicks off Friday |

Relay For Life in Steamboat Springs kicks off Friday

— On Friday night there will be 17 teams with a total of about 70 people who will lace up their walking shoes and log some miles in Steamboat Springs to raise money for cancer research.

The Relay For Life in Steamboat Springs kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs High School track with the opening ceremony. Soon after, those currently battling cancer as well as those who have fought it in the past will do a lap together around the track in what is known as the survivor lap.

The luminaria ceremony will start at about 9:30 p.m. People can purchase bags that are filled with sand and a candle that will light the way for the Relay participants throughout the night.

“We’re having fun, and it’s just a wonderful way to honor those in our life that have been affected by cancer,” said Jennifer Stoddard, one of the event organizers.

People are encouraged to come out to the relay. Those who want to donate to a team can go to the event website at

Stoddard said they are on track to raise about $37,000, which is how much money was raised in 2012.

The event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which last month turned 100 years old.

“Without 100 years of research, where would we be,” asked Lisa Watts, the local representative for the American Cancer Society.

Watts added that the organization is second only to the federal government in funding cancer research.

The Relay For Life will have its closing ceremony at about 9 a.m. Saturday.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email

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