FORKS — Superheroes are the theme for this weekend’s Relay for Life in Forks, an annual event to raise money for cancer research.
The relay will be from 5 p.m. today to 10 a.m. Saturday. Teams will walk the bus loop between the intermediate and high schools on Camas Avenue.
This is a new location for the fundraiser, which is usually at Spartan Field. The field can’t be used this year because of construction underway.
Parking at the new location is available in front of Forks High School at 261 Spartan Ave. Participants can enter by the bioburner.
Even before the relay begins, 12 teams and 31 participants have raised $17,308 that will go to the American Cancer Society for research, according to the Relay for Life of Forks website. The goal is $32,000.
The relay will begin at 5 p.m. with a Super Hero Costume Parade as Crescent Blue performs.
The 6 p.m. opening ceremony will celebrate cancer survivors and caretakers as superheroes, followed by the Survivor Lap.
A thank-you dinner at 6:30 p.m. will recognize sponsors.
New to the relay this year will be a Super Hero Scavenger Hunt from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.
Superhero team games are planned at 9 p.m. today.
The event also memorializes those who have died of cancer at a luminaria ceremony set for 10 tonight.
“We do a big luminaria ceremony where we have bags on the track with the names of those we’ve lost,” said Hannah Halstrom, American Cancer Society community manager.
“It kind of just brings the whole community together to realize how cancer has affected us.”
Teams plan to walk all night in special laps and activities.
At 11 p.m. will be Zumba and at midnight, karaoke is scheduled. Yoga will help participants greet the dawn at 5:30 a.m.
St. Anne Catholic Church will serve biscuits and gravy at 7 a.m.
The highlight of Saturday morning will be the Road to Recovery Super Hero Vehicle Race at 8:30 a.m. Teams are building cardboard box vehicles for the race.
The event will end with a final lap and closing ceremony.
Here is the schedule:
• 4 p.m. — Superheroes invade town.
• 5 p.m. — Relay begins; Crescent Blue performs; superhero costume parade.
• 6 p.m. — Opening ceremony and survivor lap.
• 6:30 pm. — Thank-you dinner for sponsors.
• 7 p.m. — Kaci Price performs; mask lap.
• 7:30 p.m. — Scavenger Hunt with an entry fee of $5 per person.
• 8 p.m. — Maybe Next Tuesday performs; crazy hat lap.
• 9 p.m. — Super Hero Team Games.
• 10 a.m. — Lumaria ceremony.
• 11 p.m. — Zumba.
• Midnight — Karaoke; glowstick lap.
• 1 a.m. — Movie; pajama and stuffed animal lap.
• 2 a.m. — Cake walk.
• 3 a.m. — Poker lap.
• 4 a.m. — Bubble lap.
• 5:30 a.m. — Daylight yoga.
• 6 a.m. — Good morning relay; bedhead/crazy hair lap.
• 7 a.m. — Breakfast.
• 8 a.m. — Hula hoop contest.
• 9 a.m. — Drawing winners.
• 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. — Cosing ceremony and final lap.
Every year, the Relay for Life movement raises more than $400 million globally, according to the American Cancer Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Relay of Life events have been held this summer in Port Angeles and Port Townsend. The Sequim event will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 13 in Sequim at Carrie Blake Park, 202 N. Blake Ave.