Relay For Life has expanded its horizons and more participants are putting on their walking shoes for this year's event, which is Saturday, June 2.

Newly renamed the Relay For Life of Ashland County-Mid Ohio, this year's festivities will include Richland County residents.

"They decided they were not making enough profit over there, so we have joined forces and we are now the Relay For Life of Ashland County-Mid Ohio, so it includes Richland County now," said Sunshine Imhoff, co-chair for the Relay For Life. "So all Richland County is invited to come to our relay as well."

So far, 17 teams have signed on for the walk at the Ashland County Fairgrounds.

The survivor ceremony kicks off the Relay For Life at 4 p.m., during which cancer survivors do a lap on their own. The walk is open to any survivor and they can register at the event.

Various activities, from games to raffles to a silent auction, are on tap for the six-hour relay.

Touch-A-Truck is back this year from 4-7 p.m., with Army trucks, tractor trailers, tow trucks and more for children to explore.

For $1 each or six for $5, children can bounce for five minutes in the Bounce House all day.

Other highlights include a poker run and goldfish races at 7:30 p.m. and yard Yahtzee at 8 p.m.

Charcoal Mafia also will have its food truck available, with all proceeds going to Relay For Life.

Another annual activity, Laps of Love at 7 p.m., will once again honor children who have been affected by cancer in various ways.

"All the children do a lap to honor and remember their loved ones or themselves," Imhoff said.

The luminary ceremony at 9 p.m. caps off the event. Participants can purchase a bag with a candle, which line the path of the walkers, each representing someone who was lost to cancer or currently fighting the disease

Plus, a luminary video will feature photographs participants submitted to honor their loved ones.

The luminary ceremony includes a lap of silence for remembrance.

"That is one of my favorite parts of the event," Imhoff said.

New this year is a "glow lap" after the luminary ceremony, around 9:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring out their glow-in-the-dark costumes and glow sticks for a final lap of glow.

"I would just like to invite the public to come, because it is a free, fun family event, and everybody is welcome," Imhoff said. "Whether you know somebody who is going to be there or not, just come and see what we're all about and see all the fun and games the teams have going on, and support us and help fight the battle against cancer."