Sunday, May 31, 2009

Relay Fun

Pictures from the Relay for Life -

American Legions Riders kicking off the Opening Ceremony

This year's theme for the Relay was "Don't Clown Around With Cancer". One of Seattle's most beloved characters, J.P. Patches, (who is a cancer Survivor) was part of the Opening Ceremony.

J. P. Patches

First Lap for Everyone

Members of the Soles Who Care team -

Tim & My Co-Captain Patti


Don & Debi

Leslie & Mark W.

Jim & Jeline

Kerry C, Don & Tim


Tim & Mike P.

Patti doing facepainting

Each hour of the Relay had a theme. Pajama Lap where you wore your PJ's, Glow Lap (in which Karl won 1st place all decked out with glow sticks but I didn't get a picture!, Clown Lap and so on. One of the best "costumes" I saw was during the Backwards lap where you reverse direction on the track and you wear your clothes backwards. This lady did an outstanding job on hers. It took us a lap to finally figure out her costume once we saw the back of her.

Coming At Us With the Ponytail out of the Backwards Hat

The Reverse Side - Check Out Her Shirt!

Mike M., Mark S. & Jeline during the Hawaiian Lap (Mike took 3rd Place!)

10 PM brought the Luminaria Lighting Ceremony. Everyone stood in front of the luminaria that ringed the track and voices were lowered. One by one the luminaria were lit with battery-powered candles. During that time, the names in honor or in memory of their fight with cancer were read out. It was a very moving part of the Relay. I heard my dad's name called and said a prayer in his memory.

Pop's Luminaria

Reflecting on the Lives Touched by Cancer

Luminaria Encircling the Infield of the Track

"Hope" Spelled Out in Lights on the Opposite side of the Main Stadium

At 7 a.m., it was Zumba time. This was my first exposure to Zumba which is a form of exercise and dance moves set to Latin music. It was a blast and I think I'll find a weekly class and start Zumba-ing. What a workout it was, especially after being awake all night and walking a good portion of it.

Sally & Kerry M. Getting into the Zumba Groove

Closing Ceremonies began at 10 a.m. and the Final Lap was around 10:45. Then we packed up the campsite so we could go home. Another Relay completed.

Thanks to Patti who was a huge help again as Co-Captain and also to Jeline who stayed awake for the entire time and logged 17 miles! Our team raised over $2,000 this year towards the fight against cancer.

1 comment:

Gaelyn said...

What a fun and worthy way to spend many hours. Love the lady dressed backwards complete with tits.