If you're running a run, walk, or bike race, you may be wondering how you can best set up CauseVox for your event. 

The easiest flow for donors is for them to "Register" for the race by creating their own personal fundraising page and then directing them to complete their registration by going to the donation form to pay the registration fee.

Here's a look at best practices for creating a racing campaign on CauseVox and how you can best structure your race signup.

Settings

When you're in your Settings section, these particular features will come in handy for your race:

End Date:

With a racing event, you have a built in end date! Feel free to set your end date for the date of your race. This also helps fundraisers keep track of the event date along the way.

Donation Tiers:

Your donation tiers are suggested levels of giving that appear on the first page of your donation form. Here is where you'll want to add a tier for your registration fee. This way, once donors are directed to the donation form they'll know to select the tier to complete registration.

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising:

You'll want to make sure that you have personal and team fundraising pages enabled, and upload a default fundraiser photo to ensure the signup process is easier (in case a participant doesn't have a photo ready to upload).

Default Fundraiser Appeal:

Next, you'll also want to create a Default Fundraiser Appeal with details about what they're racing for to provide content for racing participants to work off of.

Enabling Teams And Default Team Appeal:

You'll want to ensure that you have teams enabled, so that participants in the race that are coming from running clubs or different corporations can fundraise together. The Default Team appeal also allows you to pre-populate team content, so they have something to work off of.

Welcome Email:

The Welcome Email is one of the most essential steps in the setup process for fundraisers. This gets sent out to fundraisers as they complete their campaign setup and it's where you'll supply your instructions for paying the registration fee and the information about the race.

A: Ensure that you have the welcome email enabled.

B: In your welcome email, instruct your fundraisers that in order to complete registration, they'll need to make a payment. Here, you should insert a direct link to the donation form, where they can select their tier.

Your donation form direct link is in the format of http://secure.causevox.com/pay?url=http://yourcausevoxsiteurl.com

C: Link to an external document that contains all the information you'd like to supply to registrants about the race, as well as a fundraising toolkit to help them fundraise for you.

Custom Fundraiser Fields:

The Custom Fundraiser Fields are also really important because they allow you to get additional information from registrants that you need for the race. Oftentimes for races this looks like a dropdown menu with t-shirt sizes.

Design

There are some design best practices that can help communicate best to donors and fundraisers specifically for races. Here's a look at 3 things you can do:

Button Customization:

The "Create a Fundraising Page" button text can be edited to say "Register" to make it clear that this button is where they click to register for the race.

Page Content:

For your page content, you'll want to include a few things in your About section and Sidebar to make your information clear.

A: In the About section, you'll want to include an appeal that touches donors hearts and inspires them to get involved- don't just put information about the race! Include a story about your organization's impact and invite your supporters to be a part of it by giving or even better- race!

B: The Sidebar is the perfect section for race logistics. Include instructions on how they can register (by clicking the "Register" button, and any info about the race you'd like to provide.


Fundraiser Section Heading:

Finally, in the "Participants" section heading, you'll want to personalize this for your race. Try out different headings like such as "Runners" with a subheading that fits your specific race.

For more information on how you can design your site, view our article How To Design Or Edit The Look Of Your Campaign Site.

With all this, your site will be set up to help runners easily register for your racing event and help drive donor and fundraiser engagement.

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