We love seeing all kinds of groups participate together on the day; friends, family, work colleagues, a mixture of these! Groups that work as a team train harder, raise more money and have more fun! If you have already registered a team or are just thinking about being a Team Captain (do it!), here are some hot tips on how to create the ultimate team this Thanksgiving.
Set an inspiring team goal.
One of the first steps is setting a challenging (but achievable!) team goal. If you’re the Team Captain, you can set this goal upon registration and adjust it at any time. We recommend you grow your team by recruiting family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. How, you ask? Well, you can:
Use social media to share that you are participating and looking for others to join you.
Put it out there on your friend or family WhatsApp group.
Mention it at your next work team meeting.
Email your friends and family.
Talk about it until the cows come home…
Remember to share your team page widely so it’s easy for people to sign up. Once they are registered, we’ll automatically create a fundraising page for them to personalize.
Fundraise and communicate.
The more a team communicates, the more fun it’ll be! Team Captains should regularly keep members updated on team progress, including on new team members, money raised, and days left until the race.
If your team is on the social side, why not plan a pre-Turkey Trot kick-off party to discuss some “on-the-day” logistics like costumes, meeting points and times?
As well as communicating, team members should also be encouraged to fundraise. Click here for some fundraising tips for beginners.
Once your team has reached its goal (yay!), you can celebrate! Here are some simple and cost effective ways Team Captains can show gratitude to their teammates.
Host a post-event celebration party.
Blast an email and include all the pictures you took in a collage.
Get crafty – you can do so much with paper, scissors, tape and a Sharpie.
Give someone a yummy treat (homemade is nice for friends and family).
Post on social media! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #yturkeytrot
New to running or want the encouragement of a group? Register now for our 5K training program! Starting mid-September and meeting weekly, our 5K training program will help prepare you for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K or any other event this fall!
Registration INCLUDES an adult entry into the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K and an official Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K race shirt.
Want to make a tangible difference to the lives of children and adults living in poverty in our community?
Registration is now open for the 2018 Turkey Trot Ambassador program! Our Ambassadors play a very important role in the promotion, fundraising and, ultimately, the success of the event. This year we are hoping to recruit at least 100 Ambassadors – will you join us?
What do Ambassadors do? Besides being awesome Ambassadors are responsible for:
Enthusiastically and passionately spreading the word about the Trot;
Getting involved in a variety of Turkey Trot volunteer opportunities;
Helping to reach a collective ‘Ambassador’ fundraising goal of $10,000 and making an impact on the lives of so many children and families in our community.
What are the benefits of being a Turkey Trot Ambassador?
A long-sleeved limited edition Turkey Trot shirt
Access to a private Ambassador Facebook Group
An invitation to our Ambassador Kick-Off Party
A fundraising page and coaching
First dibs on additional volunteer opportunities
A great feeling for helping others and being a part of something bigger.
Who can be an Ambassador? Anyone who is passionate about strengthening our community and having a bit of fun.
How do I become an Ambassador?
It’s easy. Visit our volunteersmatters page and register today. Once registered you’ll receive instructions about what to do next!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Robyn Vance.
Attention All Turkey Trot Registrants Who Are NOT Current Y Members:
Good news! Your registration for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K kicks-off your complimentary Y membership – good for up to 30 days until December 31, 2018! Just register for Turkey Trot, then stop by any Y Center with a copy of your receipt (email or printed) to activate your free Y membership today!
Don’t just focus on the big holiday meal. There are a lot more “regular” days in a month than there are holidays and you need to eat on those days too. That means you have lots of opportunities to make healthy choices for those non-holiday meals. Try and get a routine down that’s simple and easy to stick to.
Host a Holiday Potluck. Want to throw a dinner party but is the menu daunting? What about a potluck holiday party? Come up with a theme and have your friends create dishes that will go together.I find it fun to order an awesome entrée and work the menu around that. Your friends can order some fun appetizers or side dishes to complement the entrée!
Celebrate around activities, not just food. It seems that activity and exercise are the first things to get tossed when our schedules get busy. Why not celebrate with friends and family by participating in some fun outdoor winter activities instead of just cocktails and hors d’oeuvres? Depending on your local climate you could go for a walk, meet in the park and play football or Frisbee, go ice skating, hit the slopes for a weekend or even organize an outdoor cleanup to bond over doing good for your neighborhood.
Make over your schedule. You really don’t have to say yes to every single party, cocktail hour or pub crawl you’re invited to this holiday season. We all know that everyone is really busy. Your friends will still be your friends even if you just want to stay home and watch a movie in your pjs.
Cook and swap. Do you have friends that like to bake and cook? Try a cookie swap. Each person bakes a big batch of their special cookie and on one night you get together and share cookies with others. Taking home a big variety when you just baked one batch is super fun and a lot less stressful than making a dozen kinds of cookies on your own. For inspiration, take a look at our baking tips! Make sure you discuss guidelines before cooking to address food allergies and dietary concerns.
See, you can have a good time during the holidays and while keeping your health a priority. It’s better for you and better for everyone around you.
Online registration for the 2017 Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K closed at 8pm, Monday, November 20th, but you may still register at each location’s packet pick-up. Please see below for dates and locations. We look forward to seeing you soon!