Even though the annual Relay for Life event in Payson is only a few weeks away, there is still time for teams and individuals to join the festivities.
This is the 10th year Payson has held a Relay for Life event to raise funds for cancer research, promote awareness of the disease and honor all those who are battling it, have survived it or lost their lives to it.
The event is from 6 p.m., Friday, June 5 until 6 a.m., Saturday, June 6 at the Payson High School track. This is the third year the program has been held on the school grounds, said teams coordinator D.J. Craig. In earlier years it was held at Rumsey Park.
As of Monday, May 4, almost 400 people had signed up to participate in some way, including 34 teams.
Craig and the Relay for Life committee are still soliciting sponsors and teams.
One of the teams taking part this year is the Skatepark Unfolding group, led by Samuel and Megan Woods and sponsored by Pizza Factory, which is owned by Megan’s father, Rodney Dahlman, and Payson Paint, which is owned by Samuel’s father, Eric Woods. The Woodses expect to have between 13 and 18 members of the group take part in the event.
The Skatepark Unfolding group is a nondenominational Christian youth ministry, which has operated for three years. The Woodses felt participating in the Relay for Life was a good way to get the group’s members involved in the community and a good cause. Samuel, who lost his mother, Vivian Woods, to cancer in 2005, has participated in the Relay for Life in the past, walking with another team and helping out.
Right now Samuel and Megan are organizing who will take which laps during the 12-hour event. They plan to have T-shirts for the team members and to sell. They also will be selling burritos and possibly skateboard memorabilia. They are making arrangements to have a video loop run in their tent showing the various programs the ministry has presented in the past and will also have literature about their work available.
Anyone interested in learning more about Skatepark Unfolding, can attend a meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursdays at Rumsey Park (or at Pizza Factory if the weather is bad).
To learn more about the Relay for Life, to inquire about sponsorship or registering a team call D.J. Craig at (928) 468-1482.