Sombre cause, jubilant mood

23:59, Mar 22 2014
Relay for Life
GOOD CAUSE: Relay for Life runners head around the Wellington waterfront.

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