Cancer Relay team energizes Oct. 24-25 effort

2019 Knoxville Cancer Relay logo from the event's Facebook page.

photo and article contributed

The Knoxville Cancer Relay team is bringing fresh ideas and energy to its Oct. 24-25 event to raise money to fight cancer. The sixth annual event begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Ken Locke Stadium and culminates 24 hours later as the team delivers the ball for Knoxville High’s football game vs. Newton. 

The relay, in which community members and a core team of runners trot through Knoxville, has raised $93.556 in five years and is a key supporter of the town’s best-in-the-nation Coaches vs. Cancer event. 

Longtime Cancer Relay team member Steve Linsley says every runner comes with a unique motivation.

“We all run for our own personal reasons with the common goal of helping and inspiring as many people as we can,” Linsley said.

Community members have many options to support the relay:

  • A kick-off meal featuring burgers and hot dogs will be served at 5 p.m. Oct. 24 at relay’s home base at the north end of Ken Locke Stadium on Marion Street, just east of Highway 14 (Lincoln Street). 
  • Cancer survivors and their friends can walk an honorary lap around the Ken Locke track at 6:30 p.m.
  • Anyone can run alongside core team members. Groups will leave from the stadium starting at 7 p.m. and every hour on the hour. Runners can choose 1-mile, 3-mile or 5-mile options. 
  • A special Memory/Honor mile will be marked along Highway 14. People can make donations for signs to honor those who have battled or are currently fighting cancer. These will be placed along a special one-mile stretch.
  • Folks can stop by the home base Friday morning, starting at 6 a.m., for doughnuts, coffee and a little running if they’d like.
  • People can go to the Knoxville Cancer Relay page on Facebook or google “Relay for Life of Marion County” to get more information or make donations.

Many new runners, including several women, add new enthusiasm and ideas to this year’s core team. An all-male started the relay in 2014, but the 2019 core team is comprised of eight women and eight men. Every mile run, either by the team or community members, will be logged. This year, the relay will include a friendly rivalry to see whether the women or the men can tally the most miles.

For more information about the Knoxville Cancer Relay, contact Steve Linsley at 641-820-0044.