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Relay For Life of UNC Chapel Hill to Host Culminating Event

Relay For Life of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host its main event starting at 6pm on Friday, March 28 and ending at 2pm on Saturday, March 29. The event will take place at Fetzer Field in the heart of UNC’s campus where participants will continue to walk around Belk Track for twenty hours to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, while teams camp out in the Eddie Smith Field House.

Registration for the event has already opened at and participants can register at the main event as well. Registration is $10 until Sunday, March 23 where it will increase to $15. Parking for the event will be available on Stadium Drive and in Cobb Deck.

Co-Director Will Yokeley, a senior, reflects on the culminating event for Relay For Life of UNC as an unforgettable experience. “It is one of those times where we are all united as a Tar Heel family, but in extension of that, we are also united as people who are seeking justice in the form of fighting cancer.  I will carry the memories of Relay For Life here at UNC with me for the rest of my life.”

The event will kick-off at 6pm, with a lap honoring cancer survivors. The Luminary Ceremony will take place from 9-10pm with guest speaker Clay Smith, a 40 year old woman with advanced stage breast cancer. This is Clay’s second battle with cancer, initially diagnosed 10 years ago. She is a part of a video series highlighting her relationships with her caregivers at Cone Health Center. The luminary ceremony honors those who have lost their battles to cancer and celebrates those who have won or are fighting their battles as well.

Entertainment surrounding these events includes, but is not limited to, the UNC Walk-Ons, Carolina Ukelele Ensemble, CHiPs, and The Major Sevens. Teams will have on-site fundraisers set up around the track selling food, shirts, and more. Activities are scheduled throughout the evening, night, and next morning including a photo booth, a volleyball tournament, and a burrito eating contest.

Co-Director Zach Boggs, a senior, stated, “I look back at my undergraduate experience at UNC and the most meaningful part was my involvement with Relay For Life. It perfectly brings together the community to love, hope, and inspire.”

About Relay For Life of UNC

Relay For Life of UNC began in 1996 and has raised over $150,000 each year with the majority of money coming back to UNC Hospitals for cancer research. The main event in the spring brings together students, faculty, and the Chapel Hill community to celebrate, remember, and fight back.

Relay For Life began in 1985 with one man who walked and ran around a track for 24 hours and raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. This year, Relay For Life will take place in nearly 5,100 communities in the United States and 20 other countries and will raise funds to support the Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and fighting back.

For more information about Relay For Life of UNC or to register to online, visit For event updates and additional information, follow Relay For Life of UNC on Twitter @UNCRelayForLife or like Relay For Life of UNC on Facebook at