Deciding to enter a race or event as a team is often much easier than the next part: agreeing on a team name. There's a lot wrapped up in that name! Are you going for humor? Do you want to convey confidence? Is it for a cause? Is originality important?
What kind of team names do people come up with?
We wondered too, so we took a look at the top 100 team names entered into the imATHLETE registration system from January 2017 through May 2018.
We noticed that the team names fell into three types of categories:
Let's knock this category out first. These team names (more like no-names) don't show the greatest amount of effort. Maybe they are saving all the effort for the race course? Anyway, we saw more than a few teams named TBD, A Team, B Team, and Team. Yes, just Team. As in "Go Team!"
These are associated with an organization or cause. You'll see what we mean with some examples.
The most popular affiliated team was also the most popular team across all categories: Team RWB. Team RWB which is an organization for military veterans that focuses on physical well-being. Also high on the list was TNT (Team in Training), in which members train and race for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
We saw a number of commercial teams in this category including KPMG, Wells Fargo, Medtronic, and Allina Health. Way to go corporate wellness! Lastly, we noted teams stemming from groups like Moms On the Run, MRTT (Moms Run This Town), and Girls on the Run. It's fantastic to see community-based teams (in-person or virtual) come together at races!
Our third category is the Wild West of team names - anything goes! And goes, and goes. We present to you, the Unaffiliated (or at least not clearly affiliated) and DID Try team names from our top-100 list along with the number of instances in parenthesis.
If you are stuck for a team name, there's no shame in using one of these tried-and-true options. Because then at least you tried, that's true.
If you go with TBD, just note that doesn't look so great on a bib.
Get a name! Have fun with it. Let us know your favorite team name!