The number 19 is special to those involved with the Relay for Life of Muscogee County.
This year's fundraiser walk for the American Cancer Society at Kinnett Stadium will be 19 hours, from 7 p.m. Friday until 2 p.m. Saturday.
This year, Columbus will be the only event longer than 12 hours in Georgia. Going longer than 12 hours earns the event "Heritage" status.
Event team leader Amy Clines said 19 was chosen because the Columbus event is the 19th largest Relay for Life in the World.
"We decided to extend past our usual 12-hour event to 19 hours, allowing us more time to celebrate with survivors and caregivers, remember and honor those we have lost, and to raise more money to finish the fight against cancer."
The Relay for Life of Russell County will also be Friday, running six hours, from 6 p.m. to midnight at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City.
Survivorship chair Lori White said not enough people in the past were staying into the morning so it was decided to have a shorter event.
"It is going to be great with a lot of activities," White said.
White said the stadium location is a good one for attracting people and she hopes many will come to lend their support.
Last year, the Russell County event was held at Phenix City Intermediate School.
Several special activities will be taking place at Kinnett.
For example, on Friday there will be a frozen t-shirt contest, toilet paper toss, and musical performances by the Misty Harbour Band.
On Saturday, there will be a hula hoop contest, hot dog eating competition, a performance of gospel music by Markus Hammonds and a demonstration by the Premier Martial Arts Demo team.
At the relays, teams and individuals walk around the track and at the longer ones, some people camp at the site.
At both relays, there is a survivors lap where all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track, celebrating their victory over cancer while cheered on by other participants.
There will also be a luminaria ceremony after dark to remember the people that have been lost to cancer, honor people who have fought cancer in the past and support those whose fight continues. Candles are lit inside of personalized bags and are placed around the track as glowing tributes to those who have been affected by cancer.