Gallery: 2012 Reston Relay for Life

South Lakes High School is the place to be as the community supports the American Cancer Society.

The football field at became part campground, part party and part carnival on Saturday at the 16th annual Reston Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.

More than 600 participants - many of them cancer survivors - on 59 teams kicked off the event with the mid-day opening ceremonies. Team members take turns walking around the stadium's track throughout the night. There will be a special Mother's Day breakfast and closing ceremony Sunday morning before the event concludes at 8 a.m.

In between laps, there were lots of ways to keep busy: a petting zoo from the Reston Zoo; "Rally for Life" tennis tournament; a silent auction; a moonbounce; live music; and lots of impromptu Frisbee and lacrosse action.

As of Saturday night, $181,133 had been raised.

Do you have any photos from the Reston Relay for Life? Feel free to upload them to this story.



Chris Purcell May 12, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Captain America. That's my boy.
Margaret Perry May 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM
The luminaria initially spelled HOPE and then on the second lap they had quickly changed it to CURE. It was very cool and many were still burning this morning.
Janice Porter May 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM
I live near Soapstone Drive. All afternoon and way after 11 PM I could hear the announcements from this blaring inside my house. All our windows were closed. It is bad enough when games are playing at South Lakes and we hear all the announcements but they only last a few hours. How can we get the noise level lowered?
Scott Weimer May 13, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Are you serious? This is a once a year event that raises thousands and thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society, and you're complaining about the noise?
petelf May 14, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Great picture of my neighbor Debra Steppel - way to go!
Angela cochran May 14, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Sorry about the noise. We turned off the main sound equipment and were within the county ordinance. The cops were there all night and advised us that we were fine. By the way, we raise over $198,000 for cancer support services and research. Thank you to the Reston Community for supporting this amazing event.
Connie Hartke May 14, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I love hearing the "noise." Whether it's a game or this event, it makes me send positive vibes over even though I'm not in the stadium. It's community!!
Karen Goff May 14, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I agree. I live right next to SLHS, and of course can always hear games and the relay. The sound was off by about 11 p.m. I think I can live with a little noise n the name of community and raising money for cancer.
Shari True May 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM
From the businesses and civic organizations to the neighborhood groups and student teams, everyone was united in a common cause -celebrating survivors, remembering loved ones lost, and fighting back against this disease that has affected us all. It was amazing. The volunteers who planned, organized and executed this event are to be commended; they have dedicated so much of their time, energy, talents and passion to this important event. The Relay For Life of Reston, now in its 16th year, has become a community tradition that means so much to so many people. I personally witnessed the power of Relay Saturday night as a group of high school boys supported a friend around the track as he walked in honor of a recently diagnosed parent, and again on Sunday morning as 16-year old Scott Waters practically stumbled around the track in sheer exhaustion as he completed his 4th Relay of walking non-stop for 19 hours in memory of a friend. The event ended with a group of South Lakes football players and members of JROTC reading a poem they had written in honor of their mothers. Pure magic. For those of you who were there, I know you'll never forget it. For those of you who supported us, thank you. And for those of you who were unhappy about the noise, I hope this helps,, you understand and be a little more tolerant. A few hours of noise is not much compared to what those for whom we Relay must endure.
Kristina Baumler May 15, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I love this event and the support we get from the school and the Reston community. It's so important to show our support for those who have been impacted by cancer... from the kids remembering friends or family members lost to cancer--to adults celebrating our friends, family and co-workers who have survived this cruddy disease--to seniors fighting back so others don't have to suffer. I'm proud to be a part of Relay For Life and support the American Cancer Society. (P.S. Donations still accepted for our event--go to restonrelay.org if you want to help out!)


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