Written by Chris Gonzalez
As a team member, being part of relay is great. You get to raise money as you need to up till relay and then the day of relay you have fun and walk and hopefully raise more money with an activity. It's all about being part of something good and helping other people. This type of atmosphere definetly drew me closer to the event.
As a team captain things can get a bit more tricky. Now you are in charge of making sure everyone raises their money. The day of relay you have to make sure you have all your supplys and that everyone gets their time to walk. Not to mention fight back activities or any kind of fundraising the day of the event. This can be exhausting and take a toll, so make sure you get organized before the event.
First thing is to always have a complete list of all your team members and their contact information. I like to keep mine in a white binder. This way I can remove it and replace it with a new information easily. A plain notebook will do just fine for this as well. Infact, a plain notebook is all you really need to keep your information together. I call mine, my Relay Notebook. I keep one for every year. This will have all my relay information for that year. Including, how many team members, contact information, any sponsership information, walking schedules, activity information, fundraising ideas and the people who donated to me and my team (if possible). You can put just about anything in this notebook. Having it all in one place is a great thing also!
This thing is also a life saver the day of relay. If you are doing any kind of activity, you can write down all your thoughts on what to do and let people who are going to help you read it so they're up to speed. Make sure you keep an up to date list of supplies you'll need. There is always that funny feeling in your stomach when you realize you forgot something important the day of.
I hope these tips have helped you out. If you have more please feel free to post a comment.