Get those running shoes on and help raise funds for cancer research at the annual Relay For Life Erath County event taking place from 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday, May 19, at the Tarleton State University intramural fields.

Last year’s event raised $87,000.

“Our goal this year is $100,000 and as of today we’re sitting at $60,000 and then we have a big push at the end,” said Relay committee member Shelley Gilliland.

As of now there are 23 teams and Gilliland said folks can still sign up through the day of the event; team registration will begin at 4 p.m.

“Then we kick off with opening ceremony at 6 p.m. and after that there will be the survivor ceremony with the survivor lap and their caregiver lap as well,” Gilliland said.

This year the event will take place outdoors, something different than the past two years.

“We actually had people who enjoyed it indoors last year, but there’s just simply not enough room,” Gilliland said. “So we visited with Tarleton and they agreed to help us out and donated the use of their facility for free. It is their goal to give back to several different events each year and so they’ve chosen Relay For Life to be one of them this year and years to come, so we’re super excited about that.”

The dinner will be served after the survivor lap this year instead of before.

“So hopefully it will be cooler for them and they’re not sitting out there in the heat,” Gilliland said.

Another new event taking place is a lip sync battle.

“For a fee you can enter to participate in the lip sync battle with your team,” Gilliland said.

There will not be a concession stand this year and instead, teams can serve up food as a fundraiser.

“We’re allowing the teams to be able to do that fundraising and count it toward their team goal,” Gilliland said. “We want to let the teams play a bigger part.”

Gilliland said she’s excited about the event.

“The thing I’m most excited about is just being able to honor those who have fought the fight and have won and then to remember the ones who have fought the fight and have lost,” Gilliland said. “This is a time that the community can come together and honor and remember everyone.”

For more information, contact Gilliland at