You can register to walk or run in the Dan River Autism Awareness 5k as an individual, or as part of a team. Teams are a fun option for groups of 3 or more people who want to participate in the event together.
Teams work together to fundraise for the event. Each team that raises $1,000 or more will be recognized at the event as a Top Team. Teams do not necessarily have to walk or run the course together.
Team Captain Meeting: Thursday, March 24, 2016 – RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are some tips on how starting a team, and being a Team Captain:
1. Register yourself and add your team name
- First things first, you need to register to run, walk, or volunteer for the event. On your registration form, add your team name in the team/group name field. Register online now!
- Email email@example.com with the following information: 1) Your team name, 2) why you are participating, 3) your goal for number of team members, and 4) your goal for fundraising.
- TIP: Choose a team name that reflects the reason why you are participating in the event.
2. Recruit and register team members
- Recruit your friends, family members or co-workers who are each committed to raise money for the Dan River Autism Awareness 5k
- Help your team members register by providing them with printed registration forms or email them the link to the online form. Ask them to choose your team name on their registration forms.
- Remind team members that fundraising efforts can count towards registration fees, and that registration fees for runners and walkers are due at the time of registration.
- TIP: Set a goal for the number of people on your team. Make a list of people who you will ask to join your team. Your list should have twice as many names as your goal.
3. Set a fundraising goal
- Set a team fundraising goal, and ask each team member to raise a specific amount of money to help achieve the team fundraising goal. Example: A team of 10 people can easily raise $1,000 if each person raises $100
- Remember that each team member’s registration fee will count towards the team fundraising goal.
- TIP: To be a Top Team, set a goal of $1,000 or more
- TIP: Print a copy of the Contribution Form and distribute them with your team name filled in.
4. Reach your fundraising goal
- Start fundraising at least one month prior to the date of the event, or sooner if you can!
- View our fundraising tips and ideas here
5. Motivate and encourage your team members
- Make your team’s fundraising campaign passionate and personal. Identify any team members who have been impacted by autism and ask them to share their inspiring stories with the other team members.
- Give your team members weekly updates on how the team is progressing toward its member and fundraising goals.
- Recognize your team members as they achieve their individual fundraising goals.
- TIP: Keep us updated on your team’s progress, so that we can update your team page on our website. Email firstname.lastname@example.org as you add new members, have fundraisers, etc.
7. Show your team spirit on event day
- On the day of the event, arrive early for a team photo
- Coordinate your outfits or make posters to unify your team
- Consider walking or running together
- TIP: Pick up your team members’ packets for them and distribute before the event.
8. Celebrate your team’s success
- Be sure to congratulate and thank all of your team members at and after the event.
- Highlight team members who met their fundraising goals.
If you have questions about being a Team Captain, contact email@example.com