The Lewis/Mason Counties Relay for Life will be held Aug. 25 in Tollesboro.
Montgomery County American Cancer Society Region Staff Partner Chase Barnes said the Relay for Life in Mason and Lewis Counties were combined this year in order to keep them a solid event.
“The American Cancer Society looked at every county and those bringing in less than other parts of the state were teamed up, so they would remain solid,” he said.
According to Barnes, the event will take place at the Tollesboro Fairgrounds from 6-11 p.m. on Aug. 25. There will be a survivor’s lap and other activities during the day, though planning is still underway.
It was moved to the Tollesboro Fairgrounds because it was a central location between Vanceburg and Maysville.
“It’s a perfect location for everyone,” Barnes said. “I know they’ve wanted to hold it at the fairgrounds for awhile, but it was a matter of getting it on the schedule and they were able to do so this year.”
Barnes said the event, which is normally held earlier in the year, was moved to late August in order to try to avoid the heat.
“A lot of counties have moved their events to later in the year because of the heat,” he said.
According to Barnes, during last year’s Relay for Life, Mason County raised $13,500 and Lewis County raised $13,000. The goal for this year is $24,000.
Before the Relay for Life, there will also be a 5K walk/run held on Aug. 18 at 8 a.m., beginning at the Limestone Landing in Maysville. The theme for the 5K is “Where Dreams Come True.”
Registration will include chipped timing, event bib and a t-shirt. The 5K is the official kickoff for the Lewis/Mason Relay for Life and all proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society to provide funding for cancer research.