Elonthon 2017

10/25/17 4:21pm

Students danced through the night in Alumni Gym as part of Elonthon, a 24-hour dance marathon held annually to raise money for children's cancer research.

Starting at 6 p.m. Friday evening, students gathered in Alumni to begin the overnight festivities. Each participant campaigned for donations in the weeks leading up to the event, signing up for a 6-, 12-, or 24-hour dance shift. The money raised through donations will be donated to Duke Children's Hospital in Durham, a nearby member of the Children's Miracle Network, a non-profit organization comprised of 170 hospitals nationwide.

As the hours rolled on through the night, students partook in a variety of events to boost morale and energy. Zumba, yoga, a silent disco, ping pong, and a rave hour all kept the party going in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Elon's dance marathon was first held in 2003. Last year's event raised over $180,000.