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Dublin Relay For Life

Organizers say weather won't dampen spirits this year

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After a few stormy years, the Dublin Relay For Life isn't taking any chances.

The fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will return to Dublin Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, but with a new location and adjusted schedule.

"We had some inclement weather the last couple years and to encourage people to stay overnight we moved it inside," said Brooklyn Ramos, American Relay For Life specialist.

"Hopefully we'll build it next year and move it outdoors," Ramos said.

As in years past, the Dublin Relay For Life will be held at Jerome High School, but indoors instead of on the track in the stadium.

Last year's outdoor relay had to be canceled because of storms and Ramos isn't counting on a repeat.

"We're hoping to rebuild a positive attitude this year," she said.

The event will start at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 28 and run through the night, with closing ceremonies slated for 9 a.m. Sunday, June 29.

The event, themed "Lights, Camera, Relay," is planning lots of events to keep people at the 18-hour fundraiser.

"We are really just trying to make it packed full of entertainment and things to do so people won't want to go home," Ramos said.

Children's movies will be shown overnight at the movie-themed event, and a scavenger hunt is planned in addition to rugby, a wing-eating contest and obstacle course.

"We've reached out to groups in Dublin and had great groups step up to perform," Ramos said.

"There will be dance classes. Just Dance Ohio will have a Hawaiian dance class and come back later in the event for salsa and cha-cha," she said.

"We also have the Grand School of Irish Dance performing at 6 p.m. and the Dublin Singers to sing during the luminaria ceremony."

While there are a few changes to this year's Relay For Life, some staples remain including the opening ceremony at 3 p.m. with survivor and team laps, the luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m. to honor those who have been lost to cancer and the closing ceremony at 9 a.m.

Cancer survivors will also be honored at 5 p.m. with a dinner.

All survivors can bring one caregiver for the special dinner that will be catered by BJ's Brew House, with dessert from the Kroger Co.

As of last week, 12 teams had signed up and Ramos said about 300 people were expected. The goal of the event is to raise $32,000 for the American Cancer Society.

"We're well on our way to hitting it," Ramos said.

"There is $10,000 raised right now. We're excited to have several new corporate teams this year.

"The Cardinal Health team is a brand new team to relay this year. They have really come out in full force with teams in Dublin, Olentangy, Hilliard and Westerville.

"The captain assured me that they will be the top team out of those four."

The Dublin Relay For Life is free and open to the public and is part of the American Cancer Society's effort to end cancer.

Proceeds from the event will go to cancer prevention, research and education.

For more information, look online at RelayForLife.org/Dublin.

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