The Third Annual Santa Monica Relay for Life — a 24-hour relay event to increase cancer awareness — will be run this weekend.

The American Cancer Society event is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, July 24th, and 9 a.m. Sunday, July 25th, at Santa Monica College Corsair Field, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

The registration fee is $150, and each team member is encouraged to raise a minimum of $100, said American Cancer Society spokeswoman LaShawndra Pace.

Teams will consist of people who will walk or run around a track in shifts.

Participants are expected to camp out in the stadium during the weekend and enjoy music, entertainment and refreshments, as well as build team spirit in the fight against cancer, said Pace.

“The power of this relay allows our community to grieve for those we have lost to cancer, and to celebrate the lives of those who have successfully survived,” said Pace.

The event “gives everyone, from the newly diagnosed patient to the caregivers of those who have struggled with the disease, an opportunity to be with others who have been touched by cancer,” Pace said.

Teams may include friends, relatives, local businesses, hospitals, schools, churches and other organizations.

Each team is asked to keep one member on the track at all times.

Cancer survivors, from those beginning their journeys to those who have emerged victorious, are encouraged to walk our opening lap and inspire everyone through their participation, Pace said.

Information, LaShawndra Pace, American Cancer Society (310) 348-0356, option 3/ext. 246, or

LaShawndra.Pace@cancer.org

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