Alberto Guzman, Dare2tri Development Team athlete, will run the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9 as part of the Charity Program on behalf of Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Not only is it Dare2tri's first year as part of the Chicago Marathon Charity Program, but this is also Alberto's first time fundraising for a race on behalf of a nonprofit organization. Alberto leads the Dare2tri Race2Raise team for marathon fundraising efforts with a total of $1,950 (as of 8/18). With his quick fundraising success, he shares his tips and tricks with us:
Describe your fundraising experience.
This fundraising campaign has gone very nicely for me. I can be a bit of a worrier, but this time I have felt that friends, family and even some strangers have connected with Dare2tri’s mission.
Do you have any tips to share about fundraising?
Thus far, I have used personal email communications, group email communications followed by individualized reminders to individuals whom have communicated some interest, and lastly I used Facebook. To everyone, I have encouraged them to share with their networks either by forwarding emails or sharing through Facebook. Without a doubt, personal email communications have yielded the highest return on effort. I make the emails personal and then include a little blip that I cut and paste from the original email. Asking people to share with their networks have yielded additional dollars, which I could have not access without the individual contact. All of the strategies have aided on working towards my goal.
What was the most helpful tool you used for raising funds?
Individualized emails were my most successful tool However, sharing through Facebook has helped since it serves as a reminder to individuals who do not make the contribution immediately after receiving the email. Reminders, gentle ones, have also been helpful in my fundraising campaign.
Why did you choose to participate in Race2Raise for the Chicago Marathon with Dare2tri?
Dare2tri has simply made my life richer and has provided an incredible amount of support which has allowed me to explore an activity which would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible, on my own. I have new and improving skill sets, new friends/family and most importantly I am active in the triathlon and Paratriathlon communities. It is awesome to be out and incorporated into a large athletic community.
Anything else you’d like to share?
One last thought I like to put out there to everyone: don’t stop moving and encourage others to do it with you. Being active regardless of disability status is a gift, so enjoy it!
Visit Alberto's Chicago Marathon fundraising page to make a donation. All funds raised by Race2Raise and Alberto will directly benefit Dare2tri athletes and programs with hopes of growing both the sport of paratriathlon and the amount of paratriathletes in the Chicago-area and beyond.