Tuesday, January 15, 2008

How to Organize a Relay for Life Team


Relay For Life gives you the chance to join the community and fight against cancer. More than 3.5 million people are involved in walks at 4,800 locations across the country. You have to have someone from your team walking or running constantly during the overnight event. It's helpful to have several members on your team so everyone gets a little bit of a rest. It also adds to the camaraderie.


Difficulty: Easy



Step One

Go to the Relay for Life website to find out when the Relay for Life is in your area. Create an account to become a member of the website.

Step Two

Become a team captain. You'll be responsible for recruiting people to walk or run the night of the Relay.

Step Three

Take advantage of all the resources available to you. The website contains helpful tips, information, photos and links to help you organize a Relay for Life team.

Step Four

Talk up the event with friends. This is the best way to get people to join your team. If you have children tell them to spread the word to their friends, too.

Step Five

Send friends a card to invite them to participate with you. The American Cancer Society has five cards available that you can send as an invitation.

Step Six

Ask friends and family members to commit to the event early. This will keep you from having to scramble the week of the Relay for Life.

Step Seven

Submit your team members' names online. You can also call (800) ACS-2345 for more information on registering.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ask your church to put your request for team members in the church bulletin.
  • Chat online at the Relay for Life forums. This gives you a chance to talk to other team leaders about how they're recruiting team members. Share tips and information.

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