Monday, August 20, 2012

What's Next?

So hopefully, you've now completed a couple of weeks of your training program.  And believe it or not, the hardest part is already behind you.  It's true.  Many people who finish the full program say at the end that the first couple of days were the toughest days of all.  They say that the effort to just get out there and get going is more challenging than running the full 3.1 miles that you'll run during the race at the end of the program.  So now that you're out there and doing this thing, let's take a look at a couple of the other parts of the "Feet to Freedom" journey.

1.  Tell Them
Now we need you to actually go register for the race.  You can either use the link over in the right hand navigation towards the bottom or this one.  It's recommended that you go do that soon because the cost for registration goes up on September 1st.  The cost varies depending on which race you decide to participate in; namely the 5K, the 10K, or the half-marathon.  This is simply to get you entered into the race so you can run and get a super-cool race bib and partcipant t-shirt.  Don't worry...this kind of bib is totally awesome and doesn't have food stains or anything on it.

2.  Tell Others
This is the second (and officially not related to the race) step to registration.  This is where you go to Crowdrise and begin to spread the word that you are raising money to support A21 through Compass.  Crowdrise is the site that we're using that specializes in advertising fund raisers for ministries and charitable organizations.  They are wicked cool people and totally secure.  You can do use the site in one of two ways; you can give people the address to Compass's own fund raising page; that's here.  Folks can give directly to A21 and you don't have to mess with it any further.

Or you use your email address or Facebook account and create a personalized account on the site; that's by using the "Login" in the upper left corner here.   They claim it takes 8 seconds to register; however, I timed it and its more like 6.9 seconds, but I have a wicked fast computer.  Once your account is created, you can go to the "Feet for Freedom" page (that's the one above) and there's a big black button that says "Join The Team" and then you can join our fund-raising team.  The only difference is that you'll get a personalized page that you can send your friends/family/co-workes/enemies to to have them support your efforts and you'll get to see a total of exactly how much you've raised.

Whichever way you choose, the money goes to A21 and we're helping a great cause!

3.  Tell Us
This is the simplest one.  There's a sheet at the "Welcome Center" on Saturday at Compass.  Please fill out all your address...shirt size...and which event you're running.  This will allow us to e-mail bomb you with updates and encouragement...ok...we won't actually do that, but we will send you an email or two from time to time.  It will also allow us to get our totally awesome "Team Compass" running shirts ordered.  They will be the awesome moisture wicking kind that are all the rage at bigger races.  The designs and colors on those have yet to be finalized.  But we'll post images of those when they are done.

So that's simple at 1...2...3...  Well, and 4 if you count the "get training" step.

Keep up the great work!

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