What if the following items were all on your list?
- do some team building with co-workers or my small group
- support single moms who are trying to get on their feet
- get into better physical shape
- bring hope to kids and families in need
- spend time outdoors
- have more fun!
What if there were a way to do all of these things, by simply doing one thing?
You know where this is going, right?
Sign up to be a team leader for this year’s Fellowship Housing 5K team race, and knock everything off that list at once.
Unlike many running events, the Fellowship 5 K is a team event. So don’t run it alone. Sign up to be a team leader and grab some friends to join your team. The race is May 14 at Busse Woods, so it’s time to get your team together NOW!
Start by registering for the race here. Come up with a team name and put it on your registration. Once you register as a team leader, you’ll get an email (within a day or so) with a link to your very own team page, where friends can register for your team or just donate to your team’s fundraising efforts.
Then simply gather a group of up to 10 runners (or walkers, or some combination of the two) to join your team. Your team members all invite their friends to donate to your team fund, raising money that goes toward the programs for single moms at Fellowship Housing.
That’s all that’s required. Pretty simple. You could always add some fun to your team: Y
our team might train together, enjoying running in the variety of spring weather conditions the Chicago area has to offer. You might take a jog to Dairy Queen together, and enjoy some ice cream, figuring that you earned it with all those miles you’re logging. You might want to get some team t-shirts, like our biggest team from last year did, designed to show your team pride and make the other teams jealous of how cool you look.
Last year, Dr. Kyle Goerschler of Inertia Health Center had the largest (and arguably, the most enthusiastic) team. “I like bringing people together for a common goal, to accomplish something together,” Kyle said. Because he drew team members from a variety of places, not everyone knew each other. But their team shirts had them shouting encouragement to one another and cheering for one another.
Kyle’s advice for team leaders is to start early and invite everyone you know. As a chiropractor, participating in the 5K made sense. “Since I”m in the business of health care, it’s a great fit. I saw it as a chance for people to be healthy, while also raising awareness of a great cause.”
Kyle first got involved with Fellowship when a family member told him about it. It’s a cause that means a lot to him, because he was raised by a single mom. “I know how difficult that can be,” he said. “And I have no illusions that I’m where I am because of me. I needed help, my mom needed help. We all do.”
Another inspiring team from last year was a team of girl runners from a local elementary school, led by Samantha Dzieman. The girls will be returning this year, hoping to dominate the younger age categories, and once again have the largest team.
As a team leader, you get to attend a pre-race party the night before with food, swag, giveaways and more. You also get the satisfaction of knocking half a dozen items off your to-do list, including doing something fabulous for single moms and their kids.
On May 14, you and your team all show up at Busse Woods and run like the wind for 3.1 miles, knowing that you’re in better shape, you’ve become better friends, and most of all, you’re running for a purpose: to help single moms move from homelessness to hope.
Questions? Contact Leslie at email@example.com