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Wilmington Race for the Cure | March 7, 2015

Walking in the Komen Wilmington Race for the Cure® with a team multiplies the fun, the laughter and maybe even the tears that you share on Race Day. Together, with your friends, family and co-workers, you make an even greater impact than you could alone.

What is a Team

  • A team is any group of people who want to participate in the Race together.
  • This group may consist of friends, family, co-workers, church and civic groups, schools, children or any combination thereof.
  • Team members do not have to participate in the same event.
  • A team can have members in the same event or a combination of events (5K, 10K, 1 mile, sleep in, etc.).
  • There is no limit to the number of members you can have on your team.
  • Being part of a team is fun!

What is a Team Captain?

  • Team captains register the team, invite people to join, and help keep members inspired and informed of the team’s fundraising progress.
  • When starting your team, you are also registering yourself as the Team Captain
  • Once your team is created recruit team members, encourage your team members to fundraise, compete in the team competitions and have a great time at the Race.

Team Captain Checklist
Use this checklist as a reminder of your next steps and to help you keep track of your progress.

  • Start your Team by registering as a team captain.
  • Choose a unique team name. Avoid beginning it with “the” or “team” to avoid confusion with similarly-named teams.
  • Is your company willing to help with registration fees? Contact Leigh Johnson for details.
  • Set a goal for the number of people you will recruit and your fundraising goal.
  • Host a kick-off meeting or event.
  • Send fundraising tips to all your team members, highlight the teams top fundraising member.
  • Create fundraising incentives so all your team members meet or exceed their goals.
  • Remind team members to log on to their fundraising pages to record all offline donations and send thank you notes.

Team T-shirts
Design a t-shirt to show your team spirit! Each team will have the opportunity to create a “special” t-shirt for their team. All shirts will be displayed on Race day. T-shirts must be submitted by 8:30 am on Race Day. The winner will be announced at the Survivor Celebration.

Team Fundraising
As the leader of your team, and therefore a leader in the fight to end breast cancer, it’s important for you to know and share with your team members the importance of fundraising. Simply registering and showing up on Race Day will raise awareness, but it's the fundraising dollars that will help find the cure.

Tips for Asking

Never miss an opportunity: Now is not the time to be shy. Let everyone know that you are raising money for your local Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Triangle to the Coast Affiliate. When they ask why, the conversation door has been opened. Take this opportunity to tell them why you have chosen to take this challenge. Let them know your hope and purpose is to eradicate breast cancer. Let them know what your fundraising goal is and then ask for a donation. This is a great opportunity to educate your community and fundraise at the same time.

Corporate Matching: Take advantage of corporate matching gifts programs. Many of your donors may work for companies that have a program like this – their donation could double simply by filling out a form from their Human Resources department and following the steps to submit a matching gift

Sponsor Shirt: Identify one sponsor that you can ask for a large donation. Offer to wear their shirt for advertising while training and at the event. If you are creating a Team Shirt, you could offer to put their logo on your shirt.

Waiters: Ask the waiter/waitress or bartender at your favorite hangout to donate a day’s tips. If you have a friend who waits or bartends, ask them, too.

Spare Change: Ask your favorite restaurant or local pub to put out a jar for donations of spare change. Decorate it with quotes, pictures, pink ribbons. Anything to get someone’s attention. Put these out somewhere obvious – you’re sure to get some attention.

For more ideas here are 101 Fundraising ideas

Team Awards
The ultimate reward is knowing you've brought our community miles closer to the reality of a world without breast cancer. But be sure to check out the Team Awards page for more information on how we thank our top performing teams!