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A Race team is a group of people who share a similar passion for ending breast cancer, as well as a special bond that will motivate them to achieve more to support the Race—in terms of recruiting additional members and fundraising—as a group than they could do individually. There is no speed requirement to be part of a 'Race' team!
A team can be built from any group that has some type of relationship—friends, neighbors, families, work colleagues, school mates, faith communities ... any or all of the above! Oftentimes, team captains start a team from one area of their life and discover people from other areas join in… from their own sources as well as those of other team members. Where team members come from isn’t nearly as important as what they share—a desire to increase the number of breast cancer survivors!
However, for the purpose of recognition of achievement, our Race categorizes teams as follows:
Team captains should take care to select the most appropriate team category when registering your team.
For one thing, teams have a ton of fun throughout Race season and on Race day! The theory of “the more the merrier” most certainly applies to Race teams. So does “strength in numbers”: In the past 27 years of our Race, teams historically make an incredible impact on saving lives by pooling their resources and integrating individual breast cancer missions to create one powerhouse group that excels in raising money and embracing more people in the fight to end breast cancer.
Remember: as a team captain—or a team member that helps to recruit other members—you’re not asking people to join your team. You are giving them an opportunity to make a difference in a cause that matters in every life! By encouraging someone to register for your team and get involved with team fundraising activities, you open doors for him or her to experience the fulfillment and empowerment that comes from helping defeat a terrible disease.
Team captains are leaders of their groups. It is a captain’s responsibility to create and register his or her team and jump-start the team growth by encouraging others to register for the Race as part of the team. During the team registration process, captains need to provide an email address allowing them to receive important communications from our Race office.
Once these wheels are in motion, team captains take the lead in:
A team may have a single captain or up to three co-captains.
From January until May, all team captains will receive our monthly Keeping Pace team captain e-newsletter, as well as occasional emails alerting you to special team-only opportunities, such as short-term challenges offering prizes for team growth/fundraising accomplishments.
Team members must be officially registered for the Race AND select the official team name (i.e. the name registered by the team captain) at the time of registration. If these two requirements are met, that team member will be counted as part of the team size and have his/her fundraising included in the team total. A person who originally registered for the Race as an individual can still join a team at any time.
Each team member is encouraged to raise at least $250 dollars. As long as a team member is officially registered for the Race, his/her fundraising will be considered for individual fundraising prizes as well as for team fundraising.
Komen Philadelphia takes great pride in rewarding the achievements of our Race teams! All officially registered teams will automatically be competing in the following challenges
New this year: Win a Dietz & Watson Grillebration for your Team!
The Dietz & Watson family is happy to provided two of their famous Grillebration parties for 2018 Race teams. If your team wins, Dietz & Watson will come to you (restrictions may apply on location and date, based on availability) equipped with their grills, hot dogs and all "the fixings" in order to cater a cook-out like you've never experienced. Winning this prize is a great way to celebrate your team's Race success and for Team Captains to say "thank you" for the team's hard work. One Grillebration will be awarded to:
The teams who win any of the above will also be recognized on our website and via social media. And there’s much more! Visit our Team “Hot Spots” page for this month’s team news and action-specific challenges offering tons of other incentive prizes throughout Race season.
* Minimum of 10 team members required to qualify. ** Minimum of $2,500 must be raised to qualify.
Team Captain Pickup
This is a team-exclusive opportunity that allows team members to opt out of the $9 shipping/handling fee when registering for the Race. Instead of having T-shirts and other Race materials mailed to individual team members, a captain of a team with 10 or more members can obtain these items at either of one of two team-exclusive opportunities:
In addition to picking up team materials at these events you can: submit registration forms for new team members, submit donations/fundraising money, purchase park n ride passes, score tags and raffle tickets, order your team sign and have your questions answered by our team experts.
If you are a team captain and intend to take advantage of this great pickup opportunity, please do the following to make the process even more convenient:
Team Bus Parking
We offer ample parking for team buses on Race day near the Art Museum.
Get a map of and directions to the team bus parking location.
Order one or more team signs when you register your team or via the online store (last day to order is April 30). Signs are $10 with all proceeds supporting the Komen Philadelphia mission. Team signs are a great way to be seen on Race day, as well as to re-gather team members who may have strayed from your groups. Team signs will be available for pick-up on Race day in the Team Village.
2018 Race Poster
Download our 2018 Race poster, then print and display it all over to help rally supporters and generate interest from potential new team members.
To have your team fundraising event promoted via our website, team captain newsletter and social media:
Contact Sue@KomenPhiladelphia.org (events must be opened to the public to be listed).