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Sixth Relay for Life wraps at Woody Way Field
by James Brooks
Jul 29, 2012 | 93 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Relay for Life team T-shirt hangs from a tent before the start of the event as the Coast Guard color guard prepares to step off Friday evening, July 27, 2012 at Woody Way Field.
(James Brooks photo)
A Relay for Life team T-shirt hangs from a tent before the start of the event as the Coast Guard color guard prepares to step off Friday evening, July 27, 2012 at Woody Way Field. (James Brooks photo)
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Relay for Life participants carry a banner during the opening lap of the 24-hour event Friday evening, July 27, 2012 at Woody Way Field.
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Relay for Life participants carry a banner during the opening lap of the 24-hour event Friday evening, July 27, 2012 at Woody Way Field. (James Brooks photo)
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A Coast Guard color guard takes the lead as the sixth annual Kodiak Relay for Life begins at 6 p.m. Friday evening, July 27, 2012 at Woody Way Field.
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A Coast Guard color guard takes the lead as the sixth annual Kodiak Relay for Life begins at 6 p.m. Friday evening, July 27, 2012 at Woody Way Field. (James Brooks photo)
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Luminaries line the bleachers at Woody Way Field during the sixth annual Relay for Life, July 28, 2012. Each luminary, emblazoned with a name and lit during an emotional midnight ceremony, memorializes someone who has died from cancer or is fighting it.
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Luminaries line the bleachers at Woody Way Field during the sixth annual Relay for Life, July 28, 2012. Each luminary, emblazoned with a name and lit during an emotional midnight ceremony, memorializes someone who has died from cancer or is fighting it. (James Brooks photo)
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Relay participants watch during the luminary ceremony just after midnight, July 28, 2012 at Woody Way Field.
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Relay participants watch during the luminary ceremony just after midnight, July 28, 2012 at Woody Way Field. (James Brooks photo)
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Sen. Gary Stevens reads a speech before the start of the sixth annual Relay for Life, Friday evening July 27, 2012 at Woody Way Field.
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Sen. Gary Stevens reads a speech before the start of the sixth annual Relay for Life, Friday evening July 27, 2012 at Woody Way Field. (James Brooks photo)
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Hailee Warner is hugged by Nathan Sterns during the luminary ceremony during Kodiak's sixth annual Relay for Life on Saturday morning, July 28, 2012. Kodiakans lit candles in memory of people killed by cancer and those afflicted with it during a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. At right is Troy Melin.
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Hailee Warner is hugged by Nathan Sterns during the luminary ceremony during Kodiak's sixth annual Relay for Life on Saturday morning, July 28, 2012. Kodiakans lit candles in memory of people killed by cancer and those afflicted with it during a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. At right is Troy Melin. (James Brooks photo)
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Marc Ignacio of Island Style controls the music as Kodiak Girl Scouts take a ceremonial lap during the Relay for Life on Friday evening, July 27, 2012. Ignacio controlled the music for the entire 24-hour relay.
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Marc Ignacio of Island Style controls the music as Kodiak Girl Scouts take a ceremonial lap during the Relay for Life on Friday evening, July 27, 2012. Ignacio controlled the music for the entire 24-hour relay. (James Brooks photo)
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Relay for Life organizers listen as Sen. Gary Stevens reads a speech before the start of the sixth annual Relay For Life, Friday evening, July 27, 2012 at Woody Way Field.
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Relay for Life organizers listen as Sen. Gary Stevens reads a speech before the start of the sixth annual Relay For Life, Friday evening, July 27, 2012 at Woody Way Field. (James Brooks photo)
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One year, it was run in the halls of Kodak High School.

In another, torrential rain and pneumonia-inducing temperatures made participants quit three hours ahead of schedule.

On Friday and Saturday, more than 100 Kodiakans enjoyed perfect weather conditions for the sixth annual Relay for Life.

The Relay for Life is an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and while Kodiak's event is in its sixth year, relays have been walked and run across the country since 1985.

Participants walk around a track for 24 hours, often working in teams — hence the "relay" — to complete the entire 24 hours. The participants collect financial pledges of support in exchange for their effort, and all proceeds go to the cancer society.

In Kodiak, the sixth relay was held at Woody Way Field due to construction at Baranof Park, the normal home of the event.
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