In the final days before your walkathon, when you wish you could clone yourself because there’s too much to do, your pinch hitters become that clone and jump in with whatever unexpected, unplanned job that arises.
Be sure to recruit one or two walkathon pinch hitters among your key volunteers.
The ideal pinch hitter either has chaired a walkathon before, or plans to do so next year. Otherwise, get people who are generally competent, energetic, and versatile.
Set expectations that you’ll need several hours of help during the last days before and the day of your walkathon.
My pinch hitter story had to do with orange slices – several crates of them. It was the day before our walkathon. The oranges had fallen between the cracks, belonging neither to concessions or the course setup team, and neither were ready to take on another big job. Meanwhile, I predicted six hours of slicing needed to be done and the crates of oranges sat in my van! There would have been no joy in … But enter Allison and Donna. Donna sliced two crates herself and Allison found buddies and divvied up the remaining crates. Home run.