Lydie Mutsch, the health minister, with Fondation Cancer staff members, volunteers and sponsors during a 7 May trophy ceremony
Photo: Fondation Cancer/Claude Piscitelli
Getting involved: This year was the first time in its decade-long history that the “Relais pour la vie” raised more than €300,000 and had more than 10,000 runners.
Luxembourg’s 10th annual anti-cancer relay race has broken fundraising and participant records.
The “Relais pour la vie”, or “Relay for life”, is a 24 hour relay race with teams of 20 to 40 runners or walkers, held the last weekend of March at the Coque national sporting centre in Kirchberg. Sponsors make donations based on how many kilometres team members log.
“It is not only a sporting event and a charity run, but a demonstration of solidarity,” according to Luxembourg’s Fondation Cancer, which uses the proceeds to fund research, outreach and support programmes.
This year the Relais raised €322,696, about 9% higher than 2014’s take and more than six times what it garnered during the premiere run in 2006.
That is thanks to the 2015 participants--10,088 runners on 375 teams, compared to 9,213 runners and 345 teams last year and 3,170 runners on 198 teams in 2006.
Also this year 138 cancer survivors and 53 caregivers participated in a tour around the Coque track and more than 2,000 spectators attended the event, the foundation said earlier this month.