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Relay This Weekend
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Unlike last year, when an unseasonable June rainstorm drenched the track and walkers, Escalon Relay For Life participants are looking at temperatures in the mid-80s for the 2012 edition.

This will be the second American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Escalon, set for Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3 at Memorial Stadium on the Escalon High School campus.

Escalon recently achieved California 'Pacesetter' status for hitting several key goals for the event and organizers are again looking for residents to turn out in force. They came last year, despite the rain, so good weather hopefully will translate into even more attendance.

Organizers offer a reminder that you don't have to be on a team to come; there will be booths with food, merchandise, opportunity drawings, games and more, open to all, with proceeds from the booths benefiting the American Cancer Society and its programs and services.

"Escalon Fire Department is a new team this year, we also have a new team, 'Beat It' and April Adams is captain of that team," said Team Recruitment/Development chairperson Megan McNinch. "The Escalon High School team also made $600 at a car wash (May 20), they did great."

Serving as chairperson this year is Amie Conde with co-chair Tiffany Rast. Teams represent local businesses, families, school groups, churches and more.

"We'll have music all day and teams are also doing 30-minute activities," McNinch said of festivities on the track/football field grounds. Campsites will be set up on the inside of the track, with walkers - at least one from each team - on the track at all times through the 24 hours of Relay. Escalon, at last count, had more than 300 participants registered on line and had gone over $10,000 in online fundraising as well.

Cancer survivors lead the initial lap around the track following the Saturday morning opening ceremonies, and there are special events planned for the Survivor Tent throughout the Relay.

This year will also feature recognition for caregivers, those that walk the journey with the cancer patient. The evening luminaria ceremony will have Josh Huebner as guest speaker. He was diagnosed with cancer shortly before last year's event. Speaker for opening ceremonies will be survivor Lee McNinch. The Saturday morning opening ceremonies start at 8:30 a.m. with the first lap around the track around 9 a.m.