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Relay for Life Teams Run and Walk to Fight Cancer

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YAKIMA--One of the longest-running Relay For Life events in the country is under way in Yakima.

The first Relay For Life was in 1985.  Yakima's event started the next year.

Hundreds gathered at Zaepfel Stadium Saturday to raise money for cancer research and prevention.

Yakima's relay also hosts one of the longest running people:  Johnny Freeman always wears tie-dye.  At last year's relay he ran 100 miles.  He's trying to do it again.

"If I pace myself, if I eat, if I drink plenty of fluid and take rests and stuff, it'll happen," Freeman said.

Freeman's selling tie-dye socks to raise money for cancer research, treatment and prevention.  He's raised more than $2,000, and he's not the only fundraiser.

"We have [raised] just about $100,000 and our goal is $240,000 so we're trying to get there," Relay For Life Chair Amy Poulin said.  "We know with the economy it's a little more difficult this year, but we have a lot of teams that are working hard."

The Relay For Life goes until noon Sunday, including a Luminaria ceremony at 10 p.m. to honor those who have lost their battle with cancer.