Macedon Ranges residents are being urged to support cancer survivors and victims by continuing the Relay for Life tradition.

Lancefield and Macedon Ranges Relay For Life joint chair Ken Wiltshire said the community event had been running for 17 years.

“It started with a group of local women in Lancefield who wanted to do something about breast cancer,” he said. “It’s an event driven by strong local women and that’s a good theme to run with.”

The event has raised $1.45 million for the Cancer Council to assist with cancer research, prevention programs and support services.

Mr Wiltshire said the local event was for “young and old”.

“We have a community singalong, tug of wars, children’s games, novelty acts, onesie laps and, on occasion, we have people who run rather than walk,” he said.

“We mobilise a lot of people to get them to think about cancer and … to see that they are supported and that it’s important to think they are not alone.

“It’s often the support after your treatment that is as important as the treatment itself.

“It’s to find yourself getting back to a fully active life.”

The relay will be held on March 2 and 3 at Lancefield Recreation Reserve.

To register: bit.ly/2GoYRit