Posted on March 10, 2013 by walkathonguide
Hot Sun, Originally uploaded by bredgur
If you expect hot weather, add to the fun and keep your walkers cool.
Many thanks to our good friend Randy Harr for supplying these instructions for building a mist tent at your walkathon. Go ahead and download. It’s a PDF file.
These are specific to the school our kids attended and the supplies we already had, but I expect that one of your talented volunteers will be able to run with them as is.
If you (or your talented volunteer) have any questions as you apply these to your own situation, feel free to ask away by sending me a note or adding a comment on the blog post.
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Posted on January 4, 2011 by walkathonguide
Do you learn by listening? Then we have the podcast for you… words of wisdom from my friend Roger Carr and I, all about planning walkathons. Click to listen.
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Posted on June 16, 2010 by walkathonguide
Map your walkathon route and site, including water stations, concessions, and even waystations that add to the fun.
Consider the following factors when you choose your walkathon site and route:
- If you want to support people with varied levels of endurance, choose a route that is a loop. That way people can duck out at any time.
- For children, an ideal length for your route is ¼ to ½ mile. For adults it can be longer.
- Is the area safe?
- Is there adequate parking?
- Are there adequate facilities or can you augment appropriately, including restrooms, shade, seating, concessions, and electrical power?
- Is the neighborhood amenable to having a large event?
- Do you need one or two professional custodians to assist with cleanup, and if so are these services available?
Reach agreement between your leaders and any outsider who controls the site on the date and exact location, and if necessary, obtain written permission from those responsible. Be sure you inform other groups who would normally use that site, such as sports leagues, that it would be unavailable or shared that day. If you are a community organization in a small town, consider presenting to your town council to obtain moral support and keep them informed.
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Posted on March 26, 2010 by walkathonguide
Today’s blog from Seth Godin is about Fear of Philanthropy.
My summary won’t have the same impact on you, but the main idea is that people might just do nothing if they fear that the only way to make a difference will be too hard.
If you are a walkathon planner:
- You don’t have to be in charge of the Avon Breast Cancer Walk to be doing something important. A handful of walkers earning just a little bit of money is still making a difference. A school or club out walking is spectacular. Whether the event takes three days, 24 hours, or one hour in the school gym, it’s making a difference.
For your volunteers:
- Should you ask for one or two hours vs the all day commitment? What is the right level of commitment for the people on your team?
For your donors:
- Should you put out a message that just a little is enough? Sometimes a minimum donation can mean more donations all together.
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