Sombre cause, jubilant mood
Wellington's waterfront was abuzz last night as a crowd of thousands put on running shoes in memory of loved ones lost - or to mark personal battles with cancer.
It was a long night for the Relay for Life participants, but organisers said the excitement was palpable.
The fixture attracted more than 3500 people - runners, musicians, and supporters - to Frank Kitts park. The event started yesterday afternoon and continued for 24 hours as each team member ran about half a kilometre each before passing their baton.
A candlelight ceremony took place at nightfall with a candle procession formed by representatives from each of the 87 teams taking part.
Organiser Helen Montgomery said there was a jubilant mood despite the sombre cause.
"Tonight is about remembering loved ones, celebrating survivors and fighting back against cancer. It's also about promoting a healthy lifestyle and exercise."
The Dominion Post