How to make the most of your Relay experience

Relay For Life team

We can’t wait to Relay with you! To make sure everyone is prepared, we’ve asked some of our longest-standing Relayers to share their tips and tricks with you. They have many years of Relay experience behind them, so we encourage you to heed their advice and make the most of your time at Relay For Life.

Tip 1: Come prepared

Christy Ravndahl-George, Relay staff partner in Edmonton, AB: “The more prepared you are, the more fun you will have. Make sure you’re ready for the weather. It’s been known to rain (or even snow) at Relay, so bring layers even if the sun is shining when you leave your house. Along the same lines, be prepared for heat, too. Bring sunscreen, a hat and lots of water to stay healthy in case we’re blessed with beautiful weather.”

Christy’s must-haves:

  • Good-quality, comfortable walking shoes
  • Clothing for all weather
  • Lawn chairs
  • Umbrella and rain gear
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher)
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Bug spray
  • Cash for luminaries and any onsite paid-for activities (like cotton candy or a photo booth)
  • Gift-matching forms if your company matches donations

Christy’s nice-to-haves:

  • Tent, sleeping bags and air mattress (if your Relay is overnight)
  • Decorations for your campsite (hand-in-hand with team spirit)
  • Flashlight
  • Cards or board games
  • Beach balls, sports balls

Tip 2: Bring your enthusiasm and creativity 

Katherine McCulloch, Calgary, AB, Relayer and committee co-chair: “My biggest piece of advice is to get involved before and during Relay. Participate in team fundraisers. Make a team costume. Participate in theme laps, games and other activities offered at Relay. In Calgary, we have a box lap that is a lot of fun [teams bring supplies, build a box car and race them around the track].”

Katherine’s main tip is to be ready for an afternoon, evening or night of fun at Relay For Life. Encourage your teammates to participate in activities, enjoy the entertainment and wear team costumes. Katherine agrees with Christy that team spirit is a must-have.

Tip 3: Raise as much money as you can for people living with cancer

Nicole Gellner, Edmonton, AB, Relayer and committee chair: “An internal fundraising competition is a really great way to motivate your team to raise money. It encourages everyone to beat their fellow teammates in some friendly competition!”

Nicole’s last-minute fundraising tips:

  • Email family and friends the link to your personal fundraising page and make sure you tell them your fundraising goal
  • Post your fundraising page to social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and tell everyone why your Relay
  • Raise small amounts that will all add up – go around your office with a toonie jar or ask neighbours to donate whatever they can spare
And our main fundraising tip: Ask, ask and ask again. People won’t donate unless you ask them.
Come prepared to Relay For Life. If you’re too cold, hot or hungry, you’ll have a hard time taking in all the fun and entertainment your Relay planning committee has prepared for you! So bring extra layers, sunscreen, snacks and – above all – your enthusiasm. If you have any questions about Relay For life, please contact us at or 1-866-541-5383.

Back to the May 2016 issue of Relay Rap