Relay for Life — Encouraging early sign-ups, the events organizers hope to increase participation

Relay for Life — an event which honors cancer victims and survivors, raising money for the American Cancer Society — is still more than six months away, but 23 teams and individuals are already signed up for the event and actively fundraising.

“We encourage people to sign up for the next year at the relay event,” said Marty Brown, event co-chairperson. “Most of the people signed up did that.”

Brown said there are a few reasons she, and co-chairperson Kathy Brown, encourage people to sign up early.

“Committee meetings start in October,” she said. “We want to get people to sign up before the kick off in February.”

This is so teams can be involved in the kick-off and are involved by the time team captain meetings start shortly thereafter.

“That’s why we try to get people signed up early, to get started on fundraising and, if the team captain doesn’t have a full team, it gives them time to put a team together,” she said. “It’s happened that teams don’t sign up until two weeks before the race, but then they don’t understand what’s going on.”

This year, Brown said organizers hope more than 60 teams will sign up. The relay had that many two years ago, but last year only saw around 50.

“But the website just got up a week or two ago, so we’ll see what happens,” she said.

With early sign-ups, she said they hope to reach the event’s fundraising goal of $100,000.

“Two years ago we were at over $90,000,” she said. “I think we can get there.”

Relay for Life has been hosted in Newberg for more than 10 years, after the event was separated from a combined event with McMinn­ville. But this year, it will see a scheduling change.

“This is the first year we’re doing Saturday and Sunday. In the past it was Friday night around 6 p.m. to Saturday at noon,” Brown said. “It’s a change we’re looking forward to.”

She said most of the Relays do it this way.

“This way we get all day Saturday to run activities and events,” she said. “We’re trying to get the community involved.”

With the event spanning Saturday into Sunday morning, organizers hope people will remain engaged in the events throughout the day.

“(In the past we) only had a few hours before people started leaving,” Brown said.

She also hopes this way people will take part in the silent auction, something that hasn’t seen much participation in the past.

Relay for Life will take place from 11 a.m. June 21 to 9 a.m. June 22. To sign up or for more information, visit web address Marty and Kathy Brown can also be contacted at newberg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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