Alex’s Million Mile – Run.Walk.Ride. 2017

Ideas for Reaching Your Goals

 

Build Your Team

  • Send out your page to friends, family and co-workers. Don’t worry if your team members live all far away or even out of the country. This is a worldwide event and a nice way to bring people together for a great cause.
  • Post a link to your team page on social media with an open invite for anyone to join your team. The more the merrier when it comes to fighting childhood cancer.
  • Plan an informational group walk, run or bike ride with potential team members. Before you head out for your trek, let them know about AMM, why it is important and encourage them to join your team.
  • Ask each team member to invite at least one other person to join as well.
  • Bring a sign-up sheet to your workplace and ask people to sign up to get more information from you. Collect their emails and send out the team link. It is that easy!
  • Set a goal for how many team members you want and keep inviting folks until you reach your goal.

Reach Your Mileage Goals

  • Choose an approach that suits your life and personality:
    • "Slow and Steady": Divide your monthly goal by 30 days and then you will know exactly how many miles you need to cover each day to reach your goal.
    • "Stop and Go":  Does your schedule change daily/weekly, making it hard to plan time each day? Divide your total monthly goal by 4 weeks and give yourself some flexibility. If you had a busy week and missed a few days, you can always go on long walks on the weekend to catch up!
    • "Go, Go, Go": Each time you head out, just push yourself to go as far as you can go. Chances are, if you do this, you will blow away your goal!
  • Plan team walks/runs/rides in the evenings, early mornings or weekends. You could even do lunchtime if that works for your team. Logging miles is a great excuse to get together.
  • If you have team members who don’t live near each other, plan a virtual walk together. Suggest that each team member do their run/walk/ride at the same time as a way to “virtually” join and support each other.
  • Create some quality, daily family time by taking an after-dinner walk together.
  • Sign up your dog and double your miles. Hey, dogs are man’s best friend and would definitely go the distance for the kids!
  • Need more ideas? Check out our ALSF blog for more suggestions.

Reach Your Fundraising Goal

  • Share your AMM page online using social media and ask friends and contacts to donate.
  • Send out your AMM page via email to family and friends. Ask them to give $.50 or $1 per mile you plan to log during the month.
  • Your AMM page features an Honored Hero. Share the story of your honored hero with your friends and family and encourage them to make a donation as a way of further honor this young childhood cancer fighter.
  • Make a specific ask. For example, if you want to raise $200, ask 10 people to donate $20 each. Or ask people to give up $1 a day in the month of September which equals a $30 donation to your page from each person.
  • Host a lemonade stand! This is a great opportunity to bring in extra donations and gives you a chance to share Alex’s story and the importance of the cause.
  • Over 21? Host a happy hour at your local watering hole. Ask the bar or restaurant manager to donate a portion of the proceeds or the cover charge to your AMM Team.
  • Host your own 5K. Invite friends and family to run/walk a 5K and donate $15 to participate. An easy way to plan a walk is to see if your local school will let you use the track as place for people to safely walk/run.
  • Play to your strengths and resources. Figure out what works for you and your team for fundraising – car wash, bake sale, silent auction, etc— be creative!

Sample Social Media Posts

Spread the word! Copy and paste these posts along with a link to your team page and share your fundraising page link with all your Facebook friends or Twitter followers!

JOIN MY TEAM SAMPLE POSTS

  • Help @AlexsLemonade #AlexsMillionMile this September! Join my Alex's Million Mile team! #GoGold2017
  • Join my @AlexsLemonade #AlexsMillionMile team and help fight #ChildhoodCancer this September! #GoGold2017
  • I'm going 100 miles to fight #ChildhoodCancer this September! Join my team!
  • Childhood cancer awareness month is Sept. Join my @AlexsLemonade Million Mile team.
     

GENERAL AWARENESS SAMPLE POSTS

  • This September @AlexsLemonade is going 1 million miles for ALL kids with cancer. AlexsMillionMile.org #GoGold2017
  • This September is #ChildhoodCancer Awareness Month & @AlexsLemonade has something BIG planned to raise awareness! AlexsMillionMile.org
  • Join #AlexsMillionMile and raise the level of awareness for kids' cancer this September! AlexsMillionMile.org via @AlexsLemonade #GoGold2017
  • Get fit and help fight #ChildhoodCancer with @AlexsLemonade’s AlexsMillionMile.org! #GoGold2017