Over the weekend the Saucon Valley came to life with many events that were held in Hellertown and Lower Saucon Township, including the annual Saucon Creek Arts Festival at Heller Homestead Park and Relay for Life of Greater Saucon Bethlehem Area at Dimmick Park.
It’s that time of year again. It’s nearly time for volunteers from Relay for Life of Greater Saucon Bethlehem area to paint Hellertown purple with bows that will be attached to poles along Main Street and other reminders of why their cause is important.
A damp day didn’t dampen spirits at the American Cancer Society’s annual Greater Bethlehem Area-Saucon Valley Relay for Life event in Hellertown’s Dimmick Park, although it did result in a shorter-than-normal event.
A popular community event that raises money for the American Cancer Society while celebrating cancer survivorship and remembering those who have lost the battle is right around the corner. Relay for Life of Saucon Valley will be held from Friday, May 15 at 5 p.m. to Saturday, May 16 at 5 p.m. in Hellertown’s Dimmick Park, 509 Durham Street. The annual event features relay teams who complete a 24-hour walkathon around the park, where there are also numerous vendors, food and live entertainment. The relay is always bookended by opening/closing ceremonies that highlight inspiring stories of survival and help raise awareness about the ongoing fight against cancer. According to the Relay for Life of Saucon Valley page on the American Cancer Society website, 15 teams with a total of 54 participants will be part of this year’s relay.
A 5K race that’s planned for Saturday, May 16 in Hellertown will benefit Relay for Life of Saucon Valley and the American Cancer Society. To make the second annual “Fight to the Finish” 5K even more memorable, it will have a “Totally 80s” theme, according to an event flyer that encourages participants to break out their leg warmers, headbands and other ’80s inspired outfits for the run. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Dimmick Park (Tobias Drive and Durham Street) and will be a state-of-the-art run featuring:
Chip timing with real-time results via kiosks
Results access via smartphone and other connected devices
The cost for early bird registration (through May 1) is $25, and each participant who registers by May 1 will receive a free race shirt. Pre-registration is $30, and walk-up registration (Friday, May 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. and race day) is $40. Male and female overall winners as well as winners in various age categories (including 14 and under) will be recognized.