Sunny skies and temperatures peaking at about 80 degrees will greet the teams participating in the Relay For Life of Riverbank, set for this Saturday, April 16 at Riverbank High School, 6200 Claus Road.
For the first time, this year’s Relay in Riverbank will not be a 24-hour event but, rather, a 12-hour American Cancer Society fundraiser. Relay is the signature fundraising event for the ACS and brings together participants with cancer survivors and caregivers for a fun-filled yet often emotional day.
Opening ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the high school stadium, with the survivor and caregiver lap slated at 11 a.m.
At least one person from each team must be on the track at all times during the event and teams also host a variety of fundraisers at their individual Relay team sites, whether it is having opportunity drawings, selling food, merchandise or hosting games. There typically is also music provided and some special activities for cancer survivors, who are honored as special guests at the Relay.
Theme laps on the Riverbank schedule as of press time included: 12 p.m. luau lap; 1 p.m. Super Hero lap; 2 p.m. Sports theme lap; 3 p.m. Crazy hat lap; 4 p.m. Reverse lap; 5 p.m. Crazy hair lap; 6 p.m. Drag lap; 7 p.m. Bubble lap; and 8 p.m., Glow stick lap.
Closing ceremony is scheduled at 9 p.m. with a Last Lap and Cheer set for 9:45 p.m., ultimately closing out the 2016 Relay at 10 p.m.
As of late Monday afternoon, the Riverbank Relay had 10 teams signed up and a total of 50 participants, with more than $3,800 raised.
Some communities are revising the original 24-hour Relay schedule, opting for 12 or 16-hour events. Riverbank coordinators chose to utilize the 12-hour schedule this year, negating the need for teams to camp out overnight at the high school.