Limber up for annual Relay for Life in Feb.

Limber up for annual Relay for Life in Feb. Get your walking shoes ready. The annual DakotaDome Relay for Life will limber up on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001.

The Clay County area American Cancer Society fund raiser will run (or walk or jog or wheel) around the indoor track from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that Sunday.

"2001: A Team Odyssey" will feature music, entertainment, health tips, snacks, luminarias and � most important � teams of walkers who will show their support for the fight against cancer by keeping at least one team member on the track during the six-hour relay.

"We were thrilled with last year's response," said Chairwoman Wess Pravecek of Vermillion. "Now that the community knows what we're doing, we expect an even better year in 2001."

Last year's event raised more that $25,000.

The goal of the relay is to not only raise money for cancer research and services for patients, but also promote community awareness of cancer prevention, treatment and research.

Preparations are starting with appeals to businesses to be corporate sponsors. Last year's Community Partners were Mount Trucks, the Civic Council, Vermillion Medical Clinic, Vermillion Fertilizer Company, Rasmussen Motors of Vermillion, Norwest Bank and Clay County Abstract & Title Company.

The theme for the upcoming relay is "2001: A Team Odyssey" and volunteers already are recruiting teams to walk in February. Teams are made up of up to 15 people, and each team donates $150 to participate. Teams are asked to keep one team member on the track throughout the event. Each team is assigned a "rest" area, which they are free to decorate. The best rest stop for "2001: A Team Odyssey" will win a prize donated by a local merchant.

Luminarias are also an important part of the event. Hundreds of people throughout the community pay $5 for a luminaria that honors the name of someone near and dear � cancer survivors and those who died of the disease. Some of the luminarias are even decorated by the donors. Then, the white paper bags are placed around the inside of the track during the relay, creating a circle of remembrance and reminding everyone why the fight against cancer is so important.

To contribute to and participate in the DakotaDome Relay for Life "2001: A Team Odyssey," call: Pravecek, chairwoman, in Vermillion at 624-5352, or Ruth Bylander, co-chair, rural Beresford, at 253-2138.

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