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Sleepless in Hanover

All-night Relay for Life supports cancer research

The third annual Dartmouth Relay for Life, an all-night event designed to support cancer research and raise awareness about the disease, will be held in Leverone Field House on Friday, May 5, beginning at 7 p.m. Part of the American Cancer Society's (ACS) national Relay for Life program, Dartmouth's student organizers hope to build on the success of previous years. Last year's Relay raised $73,000. The goal this year is $100,000. All members of the Dartmouth community and neighbors from surrounding towns are invited to participate.

Relay for Life
The opening ceremonies of the 2005 Relay for Life. (Photo by Charles Rountree '05

In addition to walking, running, or just cheering from the sidelines, participants will hold a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those from the Dartmouth community lost to the disease.

Event chair Lindsay Longe '06 says that Relay for Life is an important part of a growing nationwide movement. "It's wonderful that the Dartmouth community can be a part of it. The event is a nice balance of celebration and remembrance that draws together an incredibly diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and community members," she says. Relay for Life began more than 20 years ago when Dr. Gordy Klatt of Tacoma, Wash., ran 83 miles in 24 hours, raising $27,000 for his local branch of the ACS.

Kelley Durkin '07 is also helping to organize the event. "It's a great event for a great cause, and everyone is welcome," she says. Relay for Life is sponsored by several departments and offices at Dartmouth, including the Athletic Department, the Tucker Foundation, the Office of Alumni Relations, the Office of Residential Life, the Office of Conferences and Special Events, and the Programming Board.

Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. and opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 5. The Relay will last until 8 a.m. Saturday morning, but staying up all night is optional. Organizers hope that participants will join the effort in any way they can, from attending opening ceremonies to sponsoring a runner or a team, or by forming or joining a relay team. For more information, see or e-mail


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Last Updated: 12/17/08