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Team in Training - what's it about?

Old 05-01-07, 11:39 PM
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Team in Training - what's it about?

I'm thinking of going to an informational meeting but I'd rather have some knowledge about the group before investing the time. Their website is rather vague. How much do they charge to train you for your sport? Or is it a set commitment to raise money for the cause? If so, what's the commitment? My goal is to donate at least 5% of my after tax income to charities this year but I want to choose which organization gets my money. If I can get in shape and donate to my desired charity at the same time, that would be a plus.
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The Team In Training is one of the fund-raising arms of the Leukemia Society. They will help train for specific events but you have to raise the necessary dollars to attend those events. The money raised goes exclusively to the Leukemia Society, you can't designate it for another charity.

My wife used to do marathons with the Team in Training and went all over the country to do them. The fund raising efforts can be considerable, you really should be prepared to spend a lot of time and effort in them. That's not a knock on the TNT, they are fantastic. What the Leukemia Society does is wonderful.

Go to the informational meeting, you will find out there what the whole thing is about, what they expect of you and what you can expect of them.
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My sister-in-law is using TnT to train for the Chicago Marathon (Dec 07, I think)...anyway during the Honolulu Marathon I saw alot of not only TnT runners but supporters along the route. It was really neat how the supporters would go crazy for the runners.

The runners were of all shapes and sizes and from what their shirts said they were from all over the country. Some ran alone, some together but it looked like they all had a good time.
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Originally Posted by cantdrv55
I'm thinking of going to an informational meeting but I'd rather have some knowledge about the group before investing the time. Their website is rather vague. How much do they charge to train you for your sport? Or is it a set commitment to raise money for the cause? If so, what's the commitment? My goal is to donate at least 5% of my after tax income to charities this year but I want to choose which organization gets my money. If I can get in shape and donate to my desired charity at the same time, that would be a plus.
I just finished the Solvang Century with TnT. If you're new to cycling, or looking for a good way to train up to a century, I'd highly recommend it. I met some fantastic people that I still ride with, it was a very positive experience for me.

There were about 30 people in our group, so the team broke into 5-6 pace groups for training and the ride. Our fastest group finished the century in just under 6 hours, the longest was just over 12 hours. You'll find someone who rides your pace for sure.

Do check out the info meeting.
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Wow its been three years since I did the Florida century(Bill Bones Cyclefest maybe?) with TNT. We had to raise $3500 which isn't a small chunk change to raise. Now that I am no longer a student I'm thinking next year of getting back with them and just writing a check, it'll wipe out a huge chunk of my charity fund for the year, but thats what the charity fund is for. If you want to get the most out of it make sure you live close to the area that group will be based out of. I lived an hour away and only made it for 2 rides, while I got plenty of riding in on my own time I feel like I missed out on something. Additionally be prepared for all types, my group consisted of a guy who raced recreationally (cat 5 maybe) a 50 yr old guy on $3000 bike, a couple of moms on entry level road bikes, and myself (rocking the beatup 6 year old trek mountain/hybrid, which by the way made me really appreciate the road bike I bought this year). Its a blast I can't recommend it enough, but make sure you have an idea of where you are going to get the funding from.
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Please report back your findings. A very worthy cause. I wish I had more time. I might have joined. Am I corrrect , fundraising consumed so much time. You had a minimum committment for their cause. Worthy as it is. and if you don't make up thru outside contributions; then you are on the hook??/
But, the concept. you ride with a trainer? great training advice for a very worthy cause. I am just not good at shaking the money tree to those I don't know to get them to sponsor.
Maybe that is not how they work.? I had the cash to assure i'd not be on the hook for my inability to raise sponsors- i'd be happy to donate the balance myself. Otherwise, love to ride and wear that jersey for a great cause. Was not the minumum commitment like 10,000 dollars.
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
Please report back your findings. A very worthy cause. I wish I had more time. I might have joined. Am I corrrect , fundraising consumed so much time. You had a minimum committment for their cause. Worthy as it is. and if you don't make up thru outside contributions; then you are on the hook??/
But, the concept. you ride with a trainer? great training advice for a very worthy cause. I am just not good at shaking the money tree to those I don't know to get them to sponsor.
Maybe that is not how they work.? I had the cash to assure i'd not be on the hook for my inability to raise sponsors- i'd be happy to donate the balance myself. Otherwise, love to ride and wear that jersey for a great cause. Was not the minumum commitment like 10,000 dollars.
The cost seems to depend on the location and the popularity of the ride, like I said for the Florida Century it was $3500, you aren't on the hook for it till the very end, I think 8 weeks before the ride they make you decide whether or not you are going to be able to raise the money if you think you are you give them a blank check, or credit card and if you fail to make it they deduct from your account the difference. If on the other hand with 8 weeks left you see that you are not going to be able to make it you just tell them that you aren't and thats it, no money from you they keep whatever has been donated. The highest commitment I've seen was like 5k for a ride in Ireland I think.
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I joined TNT this year for the first time. My Sister and Bro-in-Law have done TNT events in the past and combined have raised $20,000+.

Here is how the fund raising works:

Each event has a different goal that you need to reach. The goal all depends on where the event is geographically from where you live. For example the Montauk Century on Long Island is $1,900 for people in the Tri-State region because it requires no travel costs to TNT itself. I am going to riding in the Lake Tahoe Century (AMBBR) and need to raise $4,200. With that I get to ride Montauk for free, they throw in the registration fee and give you transportation back from the finish line, etc.

I can't recall any event needing for you to raise more than $4,200-4,500 max. For Lake Tahoe they actually ship all of the bikes from the NY/NJ region together. They fly us out and put us up in a hotel for 4 days/3 nights. We get event jersey's and other stuff. Basically the break down of the money is pretty simple. Out of the $4,200 that I need to raise 75% goes to The Society for research. The remaining 25% is used to get us to/from the event and for administration costs. Any money that is raised over the minimum required goes 100% to The Society for research.

As to the question of how hard/easy it is to raise the money. They hold fund raising clinics, show you how to write a fund raising letter and any help along the way they give you. I sent out 95 snail mail letters and over 1,000 emails to family, friends and business associates. I am literally $7.00 shy of my minimum with close to $1,000 promised that hasn't come in yet. I have never heard of anyone having to pay out of pocket.

All that is required of you money wise if $100 when you sign up. It shows them that you are serious about this and that money goes towards your goal.

The training is top notch. The coaches and mentors are great. They encourage you at every step. We have a ride every week, then because Long Island is split into 3 groups we hold 3 or 4 group rides throughout the training season. They arrange for spin class when it rains/snows. We were able to get into health clubs for spin classes for free at certain gyms. Everyone helps one another, you cheer everyone on and encourage one another. They hold all sorts of clinics for us as well, from nutrition/yoga to bike maintenance, fitting, hill climbing, etc.

As to the comment about varied skill levels. Yes, we have that. We split up into 2-4 groups of riders depending on speed/skill.

They arrange for discounts from bike shops for parts, service, special sales, fittings, etc. Most at heavy discounts or free.

Raising the money is surprisingly easy. I was actually worried about at the beginning. Then once my letters and emails went out and began receiving money as fast as I did I wasn't worried anymore. It is amazing how many people are touched by Cancer or Leukemia specifically. When you write your letter you can either write a generic letter or if you have been touched in some way by cancer write about that.

They websites that everyone can setup to help with fund raising as well. Click below and you can see what mine is like.

I already have plans of becoming a mentor for the summer season and training to ride in the Tuscon Century. There are people that have been doing this for years and who have gotten their entire family involved in TNT. One group of people that training with me has raised over $300,000 on their own!

It's a great cause and one I highly recommend getting involved with.
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Shouldn't it be abreviated "TiT" ?
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Old 05-02-07, 11:11 PM
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Yup, he pretty much summed it up. I went to the informational meeting and was impressed with the dedication those folks have. They are all volunteers. I am signing up and am working on getting my wife to join me. Going to do the Marin metric for $1800 each. Whatever we can't raise, we will cover ourselves so you can bet that we will be doing our best to gather donations. I don't think it'll be too hard though since I was able to raise $350 in just two weeks for an American Diabetes Society charity ride.
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If you're not good at asking people for money, be prepared to shell it out yourself. My wife's tri earlier this year ended up costing us $1,300+.
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Something else I failed to mention... Corporate matching donations. TNT has a list of approximately 250 Corporations that match donations that their employees donate. TNT has the info needed and if you know someone working at one of those companies, you can easily reach your goal. I know someone who reached their goal just on the matching donations of one company!
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I'm also doing Team in Training for the first time this year. Since I'm just getting back into cycling the combo of coaching and team spirit has been just what I've needed as I get ready for a tough ride. It's also nice that the team rides are supported - just knowing that there will be food and drink available along the way makes a tough ride seem more doable. They seem to be very organized and experienced, which makes the whole team experience much more rewarding.

There are other organizations doing the same thing, but my experience with TnT has been superb and I will definitely do other events with them in the future. Plus, I think the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is one of the better charitable organizations out there.

My fund raising committment for the California Death Ride is $3,500, and I'm about half way there. The trick to fund raising seems to be to ask early, ask often and stage a special event or two (I'm doing a barbeque/pool party with invites going to all the parents at my kids' school - I'm paying to reserve space at the community pool, and half the cost of the food - the rest is donated by local businesses).

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Great cause.
Well run.
Can't say enough about them.
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My goal is to donate at least 5% of my after tax income to charities this year but I want to choose which organization gets my money.
Have you heard of the Avalanche325 retirement fund???? All donations are welcome.
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