Relay for Life, the annual 13-hour fundraiser organized by Bedford High School students to benefit the American Cancer Society, begins on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on the track at Sabourin Field.
Scores of volunteers, organized as teams, participate, with at least one member of each team walking or jogging around the track continuously for the duration of the event. Donors contribute a per-lap or flat amount in support of the relay team members.
Meanwhile, the itinerary is replete with group ceremonies and activities on and around the field designed to make the experience meaningful and fun.
Following opening remarks and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a couple of special laps around the track precede the actual relay. The first circuit is walked by cancer survivors and caregivers, followed by a lap where teams display their banners.
The next several hours feature an assortment of games, such as a scavenger hunt, water balloon toss, and hula hoop contest. There also will be a tent with activities for young children.
One of the annual highlights is the ceremony with luminaria scheduled for 9 p.m., followed by a silent lap illuminated with glow sticks.
The last event for the entire volunteer cohort will be a tug-of-war, followed by a transition point at 11 p.m., since the all-night segment of the event is open only to volunteers whose fundraising reached a threshold of $150.
Besides the continuous laps, all-night highlights feature a volleyball tournament at 11:30 p.m., capture the flag at 1 a.m., karaoke at 2 a.m., and a parachute game at 3 a.m.
Breakfast will be served at 5 a.m. on Sunday, 12 minutes before sunrise, and the Relay for Life officially concludes at 5:30 a.m.
The organizing committee for the Relay for Life is event chair Gianna Missiti, and division chair Lia O’Neil, as well as Elena Protasowicki, Coco Steele, Lulu Steele, and Healy Weisman. There are more than two dozen students on the overall committee. The faculty advisor is social studies teacher Milena Rosecan.