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2023 Marathon Preview

By Emma Herwehe

It is hard to believe we’re here. Only three days until IU Dance Marathon 2023. In only three days, we will hang out in the Tennis Center for 36 hours, celebrating our year-long efforts and doing those last couple of fundraising pushes.


How should you prepare for this weekend? Well, no matter if you’re a 12, 24, or 36-hour dancer, it’s important to come well-prepared in order to make the most of your marathon experience.


Pack well.

Dancers are allotted a backpack and committee members and chairs are allotted a duffel bag. When you arrive, you will drop your bags off at the back of the Tennis Center at the designated bag drop area. The Logistics committee will grab your bags for you when needed.


Packing list:

  • Supportive shoes

  • A change of clothes

  • Theme hour clothes (Slumber party, what are you wearing, rhyme without reason/dynamic duo, Go IU!, Mario, winter wonderland vs. beach party, neon)

  • Sweatshirt

  • Fanny pack

  • Money

  • Portable phone charger

  • Medicine

  • Toothbrush

  • Water bottle

  • Tennis ball

  • Glasses/contact lenses

  • Deodorant

  • Student ID


Reach out to donors.

Fundraising doesn’t stop at the marathon! Make sure you’re reaching out to friends, family, and donors and letting them know where you will be this weekend. There will be multiple fundraising pushes throughout the weekend for you to reach out to people as well.


Don’t forget about the exclusive Kid’s Can’t Wait Tailgate, where the first 300 people to fundraise $300 from now through November 10th will get to attend with dinner, games, and the chance to meet Riley Families.


Committee members: Know your breaks and job shifts.

Every committee member has two four-hour breaks. Make sure to take them and use them to sleep, shower, or get food. Also, every committee has a job to ensure the marathon runs smoothly. Make sure you know what your job is and when your shifts are.


Committee members: come to Marathon Eve!

Marathon Eve is Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:00pm in the Tennis Center. It is essential you be there. You will get your committee shirt, your marathon wristband, take a committee picture and watch the line dance. You will also get to see the layout of the Tennis Center and become familiar with it.


Make sure you are in communication with your director about any questions or concerns you may have. Preparedness is key when it comes to the marathon! Let’s do this!



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