Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer.
More than that, Relay for life is FAMILY-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY EVENT. Families are encouraged to come together for this weekend to raise money to support funds for research and for the cure. During this 24-hour-event, teams walk around the track (signifying that cancer doesn't sleep and neither do we). Teams are encouraged to camp overnight (we get late night pizza and coffee!), but please note, 24 hours of participation is not mandatory. What's most important is to have teams come out and participate! You choose what your time commitment for the event can be.
During Relay, let your kids enjoy the FREE all-day kids' camp with activities, enjoy live music from a line-up of bands, grab a bite from a variety of food trucks that will be on-site, mingle with your community, support local vendors and boutiques who will have booths set up and more! It's an excellent opportunity for families to introduce their kids to camping in a safe, enclosed environment as well, close to bathrooms and other amenities, if needed. Not to mention, it's a great way to introduce kids to giving back and fundraising for a great cause.
WHEN: Saturday May 19- May 20, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 9 a.m
WHERE: Conejo Creek Park, 1300 Janss Road, Thousand Oaks
WHAT: We walk, jog, skip, etc. during a 24-hour-relay (a walk, NOT a race or marathon) to honor those fighting cancer and to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
SIGN UP A TEAM
To sign up a team (it's FREE!) to Relay, or to learn more about the event, visit the website. YOU CAN SIGN UP TODAY! It's never too early. * To earn a shirt, you must fundraise $100 per person, for a Relay shirt.
Once you sign up a team, people can join your team at any time! Plus, you can download the RFL fundraising app!
REGISTRATION/CHECK-IN begins at 8 a.m.
Even if you signed up online, if you do not check in at the Bank Night (you'll receive an email with this information) previous to the Relay, please go to registration/check-in booth. Everyone (even those coming to support) must check in and receive a wristband. You can also register yourself or a team the day of the event if you didn't do so online.
Those who plan on camping overnight usually get to the event around 8 a.m. to set up their easy-ups, chairs and tents! CAMPING is the way to go! Each team gets a campsite located along the track and can choose to setup a table to sell things for last-minute donations or simply to connect with other Relayers. Each "campsite" has plenty of room for multiple tents.
Register a team or join a specific team, here. (IT'S FREE TO RELAY!)
OPENING CEREMONY: 9 a.m.
Opening ceremony consists of speeches from the city's elected representatives, and performances/music by local organizations. It's a fantastic way to get the mood set for the 24-hour event!
After opening ceremony concludes, it's time to Relay. Teams that have signed up can begin walking. Many teams have a signup schedule where each member signs up to walk during certain time slots, or for a certain number of laps. While the Relay goes for 24 hours, it is NOT required or mandatory that teams walk the full 24 hours. Each team can determine their length of participation.
***Bring Cash*** (not just for food, but for silent auction and vendor purchases as well! A portion of all your purchases is donated back to ACS)
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE DAY:
VENDORS & SILENT AUCTION
- Local vendors/boutiques*
- Silent Auction items to bid on provided by each team. (Last year's Relay had AMAZING items to choose from including Dodger's tickets, Beer packages, clothing, and beyond!)
What's the FOOD sitch? #nonnomnom
There will be coolers of water and free coffee. The track will have water tubs filled with ice and bottled water located throughout the track.
Bring breakfast! Or breakfast snacks.*
*For Survivors, breakfast will be provided at 8:30 a.m. in the Survivors' tent and dinner will be provided at 5:30 p.m.
For Relayers, there will be a selection of food trucks to purchase tasty offerings from throughout the day.
*Food trucks will be donating a percentage of profits back to ACS!
We'll have FREE late night pizza (probably sometime after 10 p.m, once Luminaria Ceremony concludes).
Sunday Morning pancake breakfast provided by the Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks. FREE!
We're excited for all of the kids' activities that are usually lined up for Saturday!
Last year's FREE kids' activities included:
Fire Truck Tours, Create Studio craft, Hideout Playground crafts/activities, Aspire Dance Studio kids' dance class, Jacob Flame's Tang Soo Do University kids' karate and an all-day Bounce House Obstacle Course.
We expect to have a lot of the same activities available during "kids' camp" this year!
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ALL DAY
9:45 a.m. - 7:30 PM - Rock out and get your walk on while enjoying a full day's line-up of different bands to keep the tunes flowing. *Bands will be announced as they're confirmed.
The Luminaria Ceremony is the time when everyone from Relay comes together to honor survivors and those we've said goodbye to. Luminaria bags (which have been purchased and decorated by those who'd like a loved one remembered) are placed around the track, lit with candles,displaying messages of love and rememberance. These bags light up the track at night, and the ceremony features singers and speeches from those who have inspired us. It is an amazing part of Relay to be a part of.
*Bring cash if you'd like to dedicate Luminaria the day of. There will be a booth set up to decorate Luminara bags in honor of those who have fought and are fighting cancer. $10/bag.
OR, dedicate a Luminaria ONLINE prior to the event. We will decorate the bag for you, following your special notes.
7:30 AM - Pancake Breakfast
8:15 AM - Fight Back Ceremony
8:30 AM - Closing Ceremony
9 a.m. - Break down campsites and head home! (We are asking that no one break down campsites before 9 a.m. so as not to disrupt closing ceremony.)
KEEP UPDATED ON ALL OF THE FUNDRAISERS LEADING UP TO 2018'S RELAY, AS WELL AS UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT BY LIKING OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.