AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

PROJECT DESCRIPTION/CONTACT INFORMATION
Project title 9th Annual 4th St. Clinic Triathlon & 5K
Project type(s) Community Service,Fundraiser,School Service,Social Event
Date completed 04/25/2009
Chapter University of Utah SOM
Project Coordinator Melody Anderson
Summary of project The overflowing homeless shelter is a strong sign of the need in our community. Individuals and families are in need of shelter, food, and healthcare. As future healthcare professionals, this is our concern. Consequently, the 9th Annual 4th Street Clinic Triathlon & 5K was organized to raise funds for the 4th Street Homeless Clinic, which provides free healthcare to the homeless of our community. A committee of medical, pre-med, and undergraduate students teamed up and spent 9 months working to make this event a reality. The day of the race we had over 400 registered athletes, and over 60 volunteers from the school and the community worked to ensure that the race was set up and run smoothly. We estimate to have raised $10,000 for the clinic this year.

Content area N/A
Number of participants 450
Participant hours involved 4 hour(s)
PROJECT PLANNING
Coordinator roles Committee of coordinators: Lead event coordinator, advertising, security and course, facilities and resources, internet and registration, donations and sponsors, volunteer coordinating, lower campus publicity and volunteers.
Coordinator hours 500 hour(s)
FUNDING & ADVERTISING
Total project cost $6,400
Project funding School funds,AMSA grant,Donation,Admission/participant charge
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations: AMSA Local Project Grant, ASUU (student government at U of U), Surgery Interest Group, donations in money and in kind from corporate sponsors (Morgan Stanley, UPS, Beehive Bail Bonds, REI, Hammer Nutrition, and many more), participant fees.
Project advertising Numerous triathlon calendars, posters and flyers, emails, word of mouth, newspaper, news, etc. Yes, it did seem to work well.
PROJECT EVALUATION
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
5
Lessons/suggestions The number one necessity to pull this off is a good team of reliable individuals who can independently lead their sub-committee and work with the larger committee to pull it into a coherent event. The timing of the event is key- and sometimes it is impossible to know what other events will be planned that day when you set the event 1 year in advance. Communication. Communication. Communication. (among your committee, the city, and other event organizers). It is the little things that make or break you. Do not procrastinate!