Camarillo, Calif., Mar. 4, 2014 – The Third Annual Relay for Life at CSU Channel Islands (CI) will kick off with President Richard Rush at noon, Friday, Mar. 14 on the South Quad lawn.  Students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to attend and/or participate by signing up online at www.relayforlife.org/csuchannelislandsca.

During the opening ceremony, cancer survivors will take the first lap around the South Quad’s relay track.  Later that evening, the South Quad will light up in a Luminaria Ceremony, as individually decorated paper bags containing votive candles are illuminated to honor loved ones affected by cancer. 

CI’s Relay for Life is a 24-hour, overnight walk/run team relay event.  Participants will camp around the relay track and participate in multiple activities.  Food, games, and entertainment will keep the walkers motivated.  Live music performances and Zumba will take place center stage throughout the evening and early morning.  The event will conclude with a closing ceremony at noon, Saturday, Mar. 15.  

All proceeds from Relay for Life go to the American Cancer Society.  Over the past two years, the CSU Channel Islands Relay for Life has raised almost $60,000 for the American Cancer Society.  This year, event organizers are aiming for an ambitious goal of $30,000.

Event sponsors include CSU Channel Islands, University Glen Corporation, Cronies Sports Grill, Blenders in the Grass, B Real Fitness, CI Cove Bookstore, Dippin’ Dots, Noah’s Bagels, Rocket Fizz, Shave-It, Starbucks, and Tan LA.

Complimentary event parking is limited and only available in the designated parking lot.  Once on campus, follow the directional signage to event parking then follow the walking signage to the event location.  Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot with bus service to and from the campus.  In order to waive bus fares, riders should present their event registration confirmation when boarding the CI Vista bus, otherwise the cash-only bus fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at: www.goventura.org.

For more information or to sign up, visitwww.relayforlife.org/csuchannelislandsca, or contact CI Relay for Life event organizer Rachael Ellison at rachael.ellison012@myci.csuci.edu, or Brittany Keegan at the American Cancer Society at Brittany.keegan@cancer.org.

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