The Great West Pacesetter Program is a recognition program for those events that meet established criteria that have been shown to help grow Relay For Life events. The program is designed to recognize events which are leading the way in this challenge but who may not always get the deserved recognition through other awards. The Pacesetter standards are formatted to show Relay Event Leadership Teams what they should be striving for and help the Great West Division recognize events that exhibit exemplary progress and commitment throughout the Relay planning process. Here are the updated Pacesetter criteria:

Pacesetter Criteria for Events

The following standards must be met for an event to qualify for Pacesetter status:

  • Event Lead and People Lead recruited at least 10 months prior to the Relay
  • Event Lead and People Lead Partnership Agreements signed at least 9 months prior to the Relay
  • The following ELT (Event Leadership Team) members recruited at least 8 months prior to the Relay:
    • Event Lead
    • People Lead
    • Experience Lead
    • Fund the Cure Lead
    • Online Lead
    • Sponsorship Lead
    • At least 2 team ambassadors
    • At least 2 community champions
  • The Event Lead hosts an ELT recruitment event or interest meeting
  • ELT members participated in a fall Relay training (varies by location)
  • Hold a goal setting meeting at least 6 months prior to the Relay
  • All teams from the past two years must be contacted prior to Kickoff
  • Kickoff held at least 5 months prior to the Relay
  • 50% of past teams registered at least 4 months prior to the Relay
  • 50% of goal teams registered at least 3 months prior to the Relay
  • Train at least 50% of registered team captains at least 2 months prior to the Relay (Team Captain Experience)
  • 75% of goal teams registered at least 2 months prior to the Relay
  • 100% of goal teams registered at least 1 month prior to the Relay
  • Have cancer survivors on your ELT and/or as team captains.
  • At least 3 communication touches to last year’s survivors throughout the year (possible examples are a post event Thank You note, holiday card, phone call, survivor invitation, )
  • Have at least 10 ACS CAN members or 1 ACS CAN Team per event
  • Offer and promote the Relay For Life Individual Incentive program
  • Show an increase in net income from the previous year
  • Event contains survivor recognition and luminaria components
  • Event Lead or Tri-Lead succession plan in place for next year by the end of the Relay

Pacesetter Recognition for Events

Successful completion of the Pacesetter program will designate events eligible for the following:

  • Pacesetter banner to be awarded to each event that reaches Pacesetter.
  • Certificate of Achievement to be awarded at local Relay training.
  • Recognition on
  • Recognition on Great West Relay For Life social media.