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THERE are now 14 teams registered for the 2019 Derwent Valley Relay for Life on February 23, raising funds for the Cancer Council Tasmania.
The Family Ties team will be sitting pretty in the Budget Rent a Car 6x3m tent as the winner of the earlybird registration prize, but there is still time for other teams to join in.
The relay runs for 20-hours, with participants getting together to walk the track for many reasons related to fighting back against cancer. “Relayers walk to remember those who have lost their battle, to celebrate life or simply to support this ongoing fight against this disease,” Relay for Life state manager Anthony Edwards said.
The fourth Derwent Valley Relay for Life will start at 1pm on February 23 and finish at 9am on February 24. The venue will once again be at Tynwald Park in New Norfolk. Mr Edwards said it was recommended to have 10 to 15 people per team.
“More than 15 members can be difficult for team captains to manage and give everyone an opportunity to take to the track,” he said. “If your team is growing, consider splitting it into two and have more members to join in the fun of Relay! With fewer than 10, it can be hard to keep someone on the track for the whole event.”
Tasmania’s three other relays in 2019 will be at Penguin on March 16-17, Hobart on March 23-24 and Launceston on March 30-31. “We expect to see our 100,000th participant in 2019, which is an extraordinary number of people involved since Relay For Life started in 2001,” Mr Edwards said.
Relay for Life started in the Derwent Valley in 2015, when more than 250 participants attended at Boyer Oval. The event moved to Tynwald Park for the next relays in 2016 and 2017. The same popular park will be the venue for the fourth relay.
“We encourage people to gather your friends or family together and form a team. You can register any time at www.relayforlife.org.au or by calling 1300 65 65 85,” Mr Edwards said.
To register, all you need to do is register your team at: bit.ly/RFLDERWENT