What is Relay For Life?

Relay For Life is a fun, inspiring event, where teams of people take turns walking around a track. Each team is asked to have one member on the track at all times, signifying that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don’t stop because they’re tired, neither do we.

Each team sets up a campsite (some teams theme their campsites) at the event. There is a carnival-like atmosphere throughout with entertainment and a range of games and activities for teams to join in. Teams bring in their own food, there is a meal provided. Food vendors are onsite with hot and cold food and drinks.

How fit do I have to be to take part?

Relay For Life is not a race and suitable for all fitness levels. You can walk or run at your own speed and do as many or as few laps as you like. It’s all about celebrating life for those who have been through a cancer journey and remembering loved ones lost to cancer.

What happens during the event?

- Opening ceremony
- Survivor and Caregiver Lap
- Teams take to the track to walk
- When not walking, participants can join in games, activities and enjoy the entertainment
- After sunset, there is a candlelight ceremony to celebrate cancer survivors and to show those affected by cancer that they are not alone
- Closing Ceremony

How long is Relay For Life Wellington Region?

Relay For Life Wellington Region is 17 hours, with laps beginning at 4 PM on Saturday and concluding at 8 AM on Sunday (we gain an hour from Daylight Savings!). The Opening Ceremony will be at 3:30 pm on Saturday. 

What will the event be like at Westpac Stadium?


The track will be around the playing field, with the main stage on the field having entertainment through the event.  The concourse will house team camping sites, along with an additional stage and activities for entertainment.


We're thrilled to have the support of Wellington Regional Stadium Trust for sponsoring this event.  This site is a fun, iconic Wellington venue, and provides substantial cost savings that will mean more of your fundraising and registration fees will go towards Cancer Society funded research, support, and services.

What is the cost of registration?

The earlier you register, the lower your fee!  See below for a schedule of registration fees for Relay 2019:

Early Bird - $15 (through 31 December 2018)

Regular - $20 (1 January - 28 February 2019)

Late - $30 (1 March - 22 March)

23 March - New Team Registration Closes

$30 (23 March - 31 March) - Individuals joining existing teams only (no new teams)

31 March - Registration to new individuals joining existing teams closes

What does my registration fee include?

Your registration fee goes towards covering the costs of putting on a great event, including team resting sites and a breakfast on Sunday morning.  

How can my team get Relay For Life t-shirts?

Relay For Life t-shirts will be available for purchase online and are not included in your registration fee.  They will be delivered to an address of your choice prior to the event, so please make sure you order at least three weeks in advance.  Teams are welcome to design their own shirts or wear costumes to the event (we will have prizes for best team costumes!).

Where does the money raised go?

Cancer Society doesn’t receive any direct government funding, so we rely on the support and generosity of the community. The money raised through Relay For Life stays in the region and helps people in our community through the Cancer Society’s support services, health promotion programmes and cancer research.

What should I bring?

Airbed, camping table, chairs, water bottles (to refill from designated water sites), whiteboard and markers or paper for counting your laps, wet wipes, torch, warm clothing for overnight and wet weather gear. 

There will also be professional food vendors onsite for the event duration selling hot and cold food and drinks.

How did Relay For Life start?

The concept of Relay For Life began in 1985, when Dr Gordon Klatt, a surgeon and American Cancer Society volunteer, ran and walked 81 miles on a local track for 24 hours. He raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. From his experience the Relay For Life event evolved. Today, Relay is the world's largest cancer fundraising event and is held in 29 countries around the world. It is also the American Cancer Society's signature programme for advocacy and cancer awareness. The inaugural New Zealand event was held in Manawatu in 2001. In 2019, 15 communities from Whangarei to Invercargill will take up the challenge of Relay For Life.

Can teams bring their own BBQs?

Yes! We will have an allocated BBQ area outside.

Can teams bring outside food into the stadium?

Yes, just nothing commercially packaged i.e. McDonalds. There will also be a few different yummo healthy options for sale.

What access will teams have to set up the concourse?

During pack in time, teams will be able to drive cars right up to their site to unload

Where will teams be camping, and where will the track be?

The teams will be camping around the concourse, and the track will be starting on the field (exact track now TBC). The stage will be on the field

Will car parking be available?

Car parking will be available to purchase onsite. $20 for a park (you can stay the whole event for this cost), and $10 goes back to Cancer Society!

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