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Relay For Life of Green adding new events

5/15/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Walkers participating in last year’s Relay For Life event in Green are shown taking their first lap. They were accompanied by players from the Ohio Legends football team.
Photo: Dale Dong
GREEN — The 12th annual Relay For Life of Green will take place June 13-14 at Lifestyles at the Akron General Health & Wellness Center — Green, located at 1940 Town Park Blvd., and this year, several new activities have been added.

Green resident and Relay For Life co-chair Jennifer Jesser-Ringer said the first 5K Race and 1-mile Fun Walk and Pizza Wars have been added to the list of activities on the second day of the event. Kelly Barber, who is employed at Giant Eagle, is co-chair.

“We were looking for ways to get more people involved in Relay, which helps us increase awareness of why the event takes place,” said Jesser-Ringer. “The event raises funds for the American Cancer Society to fund research on cancer and to support those fighting the disease.”

Relay For Life of Green’s first 5K Race and a 1-mile Fun Walk, which will take place June 14, is intended for serious runners, as well as families who want to support the fight against cancer, according to Jesser-Ringer.

Registration for the 5K and walk is at 6:30 a.m. The Fun Walk will start at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m., both at Lifestyles. Registration for the 5K is $20 for ages 18 and younger and $25 for others. Registration for the Fun Walk is $20 for all. Green Local Schools students and staff and all city of Green and Lifestyles employees will get a discounted rate of $10 for registration.

Trainers from Lifestyles will be on hand to help participants prepare for the activities with stretches, and massage therapists will offer chair massages before and after the race.

To register, visit www.active.com and click on “5K,” then sort by date to find the link for registration.

Participants and visitors alike also can enjoy a breakfast station, donated by Giant Eagle Market District, that will include an omelet bar.

Later in the day, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Pizza Wars, which includes eight local pizza restaurants to date, will offer visitors all-you-can-eat pizza, as well as a beverage and chips, for $5. The pizza is being donated by local shops and the beverages and chips are being donated by Giant Eagle. Participants will be able to vote on their favorite pizza. The event was moved from the March date due to bad weather, according to Jesser-Ringer.

Relay For Life will begin June 13 with registration for survivors at 5 p.m. and opening ceremonies at 6 p.m., followed by the survivors lap, a team lap and then the survivors dinner, which will be donated by Legends Sports Pub & Grille in Green, The West Side Bakery and The Bistro in Green.

Jesser-Ringer said cancer survivors are invited to participate, and all those who do will get a T-shirt, a free dinner and a goody bag.

Activities will continue that day with teams walking the track and the presentation of food stands, a silent auction, games and other activities, with proceeds from those activities to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The auction, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. and close at 9, will offer items such as themed baskets that include Indians tickets, gift certificates for spa treatments and a stay at the villa suites at Gervasi Vineyard, located in Canton, and more.

Activities including games and hourly contests will be offered Friday and throughout that night. The luminaria ceremony will take place at approximately 10 p.m. The event memorializes those who lost their battle with cancer and honors survivors. The luminarias, which cost $10 each, are set up around the walking track, and the names of the honorees are read out loud.

“Relay offers plenty of family-oriented activities and a great way to support the fight against cancer,” said Jesser-Ringer.

Several other fundraisers to benefit the American Cancer Society are being offered.

On May 17, the Poker Run invites motorcyclists for a ride that begins and ends at Legends Sports Pub & Grille. Registration opens at 11 a.m., with door prizes available. Bikers will leave at noon and make three stops (Hog Heaven, with a 50/50 raffle; Erie Street Pub, with dinner; and Iron Pony, with prizes for best and worst hand) before returning to Legends. Prizes will be awarded for the best and worst hands. The cost is $35 for a couple, $25 for a single rider and $15 for the dinner only at Erie Street Pub.

Also, gift certificates from the Canton Road Garden Center will be sold in $25 increments, with $5 from every purchase to be donated to the Relay For Life of Green.

In addition, $8 from each $22.50 ticket sold for the mezzanine or upper reserved area at Progressive Field for the Sept. 7 Cleveland Indians game vs. the Chicago White Sox will be donated to a patron-specified Relay For Life team. Game-goers will get a custom Relay/Indians hat and can participate in pregame activities.

For more information on Relay For Life of Green, visit www.relayforlife.org/GreenOH.

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