I believe most teams are formed from a bond someone has with another person, whether it be a family member, a personal friend, a coworker, etc., however, I was a stranger in a strange land when it came to choosing a team to walk with. But why choose a team at all you ask? For me, this was a no-brainer; I don’t enjoy doing activities alone. I do better when I have others with me, whether pushing or pulling me along and I knew I would need this type of motivation to walk 60 miles. With that in mind, I went out randomly to the 3-Day site and found Team Tiara.
However, I didn’t just want to join a team for the sake of joining a team. I did have certain criteria in mind when performing my search. The first thing I was looking for was a group that had a similar faith base. It was important to me to find a team of others that I could pray with and for. When I read through the team’s Web site, it was clear that these members walked for the same reason I was walking.
Secondly, I wanted a team that had done the event before, that could take me under their wings and mentor me. Team Tiara has been around since 2005 and has been walking ever since. This was great, not only did I have a group of faith-based walkers, but a group that had been around since the inaugural DFW 3-Day! I figured two for two on the criteria, so I went ahead and sent the coordinator, D’Lynn Biggs, an e-mail out of the blue, just asking a few questions to see what type of initiation was required to join their team. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to disclose the trials that I had to endure to become an official member of Team Tiara, but they were well worth it!
After I joined the team, I realized the one criteria that I left out was location. The team was centralized in the Houston area, while I was in the DFW area. Although not a huge trek, I did realize that I would be unable to partake in all of their local fundraising events. At first, I thought, great…who am I going to train with?! This was solved by utilizing the tools provided by the 3-Day website to locate training walks around your area. During these walks with Team Steps, I ran into two other Tiaras; Shannon and Alexia. This year, I think I might lead some training walks in the Frisco area as an extension of Team Tiara.
So, now you know why I joined Team Tiara and after getting to know the men and women involved with the team personally, I knew I made the right choice. Not only did they support one another, but they went above and beyond by making sure all of their team members had everything the needed (including bling) to make their 3-Day event that much more enjoyable. I can’t thank them enough for their dedication to the cause and look forward to walking with them once again in 2011.
If you are new to the 3-Day event, or a veteran that is looking to join a group, please check out Team Tiara and should you have any questions, I will be more than willing to answer them.