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5 Reasons to Sign Up Teams for Your 5K


January 26, 2021

Planning a 5k can be a full time job for one or many people, and there are so many different things to consider throughout race preparation: promoting the event, taking care of logistics, and of course making sure participants get awesome t-shirts.

To continue our on-going discussion about 5k planning, today we’re diving in why it’s important to focus on signing up teams for your race–not just individuals. With their powers combined, teams can take your 5k from ‘okay’ to totally awesome.

Let’s take a deeper look at the importance of signing up teams for your 5k.

It’s More Fun than Running Alone!

If you want people to have a good experience, you need to get them thinking about how they can have the most fun on race day. Running with a friend (or a group!) really is so much more fun than running alone. Once the race is over, a team is there to celebrate, and relax after the accomplishments of the day. Plus, they’ll keep people going and motivate them to finish strong if they’re starting to feel sluggish mid-race. Teams get bonus points if they wear matching team t-shirts!

Built-in Training Support System

Running club training

Before the race even starts, a team is a built-in training support system. A dedicated team will spend some time running together before the race starts, getting to know each member’s quirks and pace. An individual can push off or ignore scheduled training runs, but a team won’t let them get away with skipping them! Besides support, team members also make for great accountability partners, and will help members to be completely prepared come race day.

Teams Drive (Fundraising) Competition

One of the biggest benefits of signing up teams for your 5k is that they get competitive with fundraising. When you challenge teams to out-fundraise each other, as well as other teams, they respond in kind. Individuals on their own may not have the network or funds to raise a lot of cash, but teams can leverage the power of their connections together, and work off of competitive energy to push the limits and become top fundraisers. If you’ve planned a 5k before, compare the average of team member’s fundraising efforts versus individuals–it’s likely to be significantly higher!

Teams Have a Greater Combined Network

A large network is an asset, and a team has a larger combined network than an individual on their own. Teams will likely share lots of online and offline updates with their network throughout their preparation and participation in your 5k. By tagging or mentioning each other in conversations, team members create a bigger impact for the organization they represent/the run they’re participating in.

How to Find and Create Teams

Are you convinced of the importance of signing up teams for your 5k? Great. Where can you find already existing teams? A few ideas:

  • Local gyms and fitness studios
  • Local run clubs
  • After-work sports teams
  • Local businesses
  • Event sponsors

Focus on getting teams from rival organizations to compete with each other. Tell organization members about the benefit of getting involved, and the cause you represent. Chances are, they can’t wait to show off how awesome of a team they are, and how good they are at working together.

How is your 5k planning going? Have any tips for signing up teams for your 5k? We’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

Do you need custom running t-shirts? We can help you design the best gear for your team. Visit us at RushOrderTees.com or call (800) 620-1233.

Maddy Osman creates engaging content with SEO best practices for marketing thought leaders and agencies that have their hands full with clients and projects. Learn more about her process and experience on her website, www.The-Blogsmith.com and read her latest articles on Twitter: @MaddyOsman.


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