The 24-hour event put individual walkers and teams on the grass practice fields behind the Kimball High School from 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, to 10 a.m. Sunday, May 20.
Walkers raised money, pledged for their time spent on the track.
According to event chair MariAnn Albrecht, the Tracy event had a net fundraising total of $233,000 as of Sunday, May 20, though the final amount raised for the American Cancer Society won’t be known until mid-September.
She said officials of the Tracy Relay still have a goal to bring in a net total of $310,000.
“It doesn’t stop here,” Albrecht said, noting that fundraisers will continue throughout the summer, including a fashion show on July 28 sponsored by Macy’s at the West Valley Mall.
The weekend’s relay began with a lap for those who have beaten and are battling cancer, and they walked dressed in purple shirts. The following lap was dedicated to caregivers and family members of cancer patients, and then the track was opened to all.
This year, instead of the typical dirt or composite track, a path was marked that wound between the team booths and tents set up for the day.
The luminaria ceremony was also changed because of the new venue. Instead of using candles to light bags decorated in memory of those who have died of cancer or are fighting the disease, glow sticks were placed in each bag.
Albrechet said the school district didn’t want open flames sat on a flammable surface, and there was no dirt track or bleachers available at the Kimball practice field.
She said that no decision has been made about the location for the 2013 event, though that should be figured out by the end of the year.
As of Thursday, May 24, the Tracy Relay For Life website listed 997 people participating on 82 teams.
Taylor Farms was the top fundraiser, according to the website, bringing in $34,545. In second place was Team Swenson, with $20,023; and Team MargaRELAYville finished in third with $11,324.
Robin Lopez had brought in $4,915 as an individual, the website reported, while Sandy George raised $3,880 and Steve Holman $3,000.
The website shows the Tracy Relay For Life brought in a gross total of $243,494.
• This story has been updated from a previous version. The original story included incorrect information regarding the luminaria ceremony. The Press regrets the error.