As a mark of respect following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the start date for Race the World has been delayed to 17th October 2022.
Race the World 2022
Since 2020, British Army soldiers from across the world have taken part in our annual Race the World – The Seven Continents Virtual Challenge raising over £35,000 for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
Units have raced each other across the seven continents – cycling, tabbing, rowing, swimming and running – clocking up to an incredible 35,000km per unit each year whilst raising vital funds to help us support soldiers, veterans and their immediate families in genuine need. Race the World is back in Autumn 2022, and it’s sure to create some stiff competition!
Race the World is open to any Army unit, Regular and Reserve, Major and Minor, University Officer Training Corps, Training Establishments, Regimental Associations, and Families. Units can choose which continents they complete within the race schedule, up to and including all seven continents. Prizes will be awarded for the first place in each individual continent, in addition to prizes for Gold, Silver and Bronze for those who complete all seven.
Fundraising efforts will be rewarded by distance bonuses during some stages of the race. Strava will be used to collect results via an online platform.
Any physical means (including static gym machines) can be used to complete the distance – run, swim, cycle, tab – even taking the dog for a walk can count to the total distance. Of course, you can go further, quicker, on a bike, so you may have to consider your tactics to get to the finishing line first!
Families are strongly encouraged to support Race the World, either by contributing to the distances achieved, or by assisting with fundraising through linked social events, such as a themed party at the end of each continent.
You can take part in Race the World from any location. We are used to supporting our fundraisers wherever they are deployed worldwide. Leader boards will be published regularly on the website alongside updates on social media. Entries can also count towards your unit’s fundraising in the Carrington Drum competition.
Whilst winning may be the focus for many of the competitors, we cannot forget the fundraising side. Through our combined efforts, Race the World 2022 could raise over £50,000 – that will help considerably in our efforts to support soldiers, veterans and their families in times of genuine need.
Don’t forget the fundraising!
Race the World Registration
Race the Word registration will open on 15th June 2022. Click on the Registration Tab to start your journey.
Whilst Race the World officially starts on 17th October 2022, units may still register and join to compete in any remaining whole legs, and we will try to accommodate entry wherever possible. Please click on the registration tab to get in on the action!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Race the World team by emailing email@example.com. We are here to help!
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Teams can enter any number of continents during the race period – from one continent to all seven continents. The dates of each leg are set so that units can choose when to take part.
All legs start and finish at 10:00hrs on the dates specified below. As a mark of respect following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the start date for Race the World has been delayed to 17th October 2022.
|Australia||3,250||17th - 21st October|
|Asia||3,942||22nd - 26th October|
|Africa||5,750||27th October - 2nd November|
|Europe||2,927||3rd - 7th November|
|Break for Remembrance||8th - 14th November|
|North America||5,169||15th - 21st November|
|South America||4,635||22nd - 30th November|
|Antarctica||3,434||1st - 5th December|
To register your unit for Race the World 2022, simply click on the link below. This will take you to our registration page on Enthuse. Only the Team Captain needs to register.
The registration process will automatically set up a fundraising page for your unit; we will use this to track your fundraising progress throughout the challenge. Further details on fundraising, including the Fundraising Leaderboard, can be found on the Fundraising Tab above.
Once you have registered, we will set up a Strava Club for you. We will remain as an administrator in the club for the duration of the competition but will also add the Team Captain (and any assistants) as an administrator, so that you can accept new members to the club. The clubs will be private and only those accepted by an administrator will be able to join. For security reasons, we will not add any member unless they have been verified by the Team Captain.
If you have any security concerns about using Strava (including the public name of your club) please get in touch with us. There is also a unit responsibility to ensure that privacy settings on your personal Strava accounts is correct. For those in PED-restricted environments, manual entries can be used without the GPS data.
All activity must be recorded on Strava, otherwise the data will not count towards the overall distance. Manual entries can be used on an individual basis; there is no requirement for additional proof of distance – we trust you! Activities will only count if they are uploaded within the timeframe of that continent.
If you have a group activity, all members of that group have to record their distances individually on Strava for it to count.
If it’s not on Strava – it didn’t happen!
We will draw the distance data automatically from the Strava clubs and this will be displayed on the Recent Activity Tab for each participating unit (these will not be displayed in race order).
The other key data that we will harvest is the number of activities per day. This will enable us to work out an average distance per activity, and allow for smaller units to fairly compete against larger units.
- Only one Strava club should be set up for each unit.
- Only data entered through Strava will count.
- Individuals cannot be part of more than one Race the World Strava club.
- Manual activities will only be accepted if they are uploaded within the timeframe of that continent.
Whilst Race the World is a fantastic inter-unit challenge, we must not forget that it has been designed to raise money for the Army’s National Charity. There is no reason why it cannot raise in excess of £50,000 – that money will go a long way in helping us to support soldiers, veterans and their immediate families in times of genuine need.
Most fundraising may be done through the online Enthuse page however, the more successful units conduct additional fundraising within their barracks and communities. This is also an ideal way to get the families involved.
You may consider approaching your local supermarket to do a bucket collection, or you may want to run a charity social event that ties in with the continent that you are racing across – racing across Australia, for example, would be an ideal opportunity for a BBQ! Any money raised ‘offline’ can be added to your online total on Enthuse. If you need help to do this, please get in touch.
The table below shows the fundraising leader board for the whole challenge, broken down by unit.
RTW Fundraising Leader Board (from RTW 2021)
|Unit||Online Fundraising||Offline Fundraising||Total|
|6 Regt RLC||£1808.75||£4470.46||£6279.21|
|The Light Dragoons||£342.75||£736.09||£1078.84|
|36 Engr Regt||£693.59||£0.00||£693.59|
|116 Pro Coy RMP||£685.06||£0.00||£685.06|
|Defence School of Transport||£617.50||£0.00||£617.50|
|5 Regt AAC||£302.50||£0.00||£302.50|
|33 Engr Regt (EOD)||£300.00||£0.00||£300.00|
|27 Regt RLC||£85.00||£0.00||£85.00|
|Royal Dragoon Guards||£60.00||£0.00||£60.00|
|Queen's Dragoon Guards||£37.50||£0.00||£37.50|
|156 Regt RLC||£6.25||£0.00||£6.25|
|21 Engr Regt||£5.00||£0.00||£5.00|
RTW Recent AcivityThe widgets in the table below summarise activities for each club in a seven day period (Monday to Sunday). The race is not currently live.
|Unit||Total Distance Covered (km)|
|6 Regt RLC|
|27 Regt RLC|
|156 (NW) Regt RLC|
|Defence School of Transport|
|MPGS HMS Excellent|
|ITC Sp Bn|
|Aberdeen & Tayforth OTR|
|Cyprus Joint Police Unit|
|102 FS Bn REME|
Keep up with the action on Twitter!
Don’t forget to send in any photos or videos of your RTW activity so that we can use them on our webpage and social media feeds. Please send any media to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need any further help or assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us in the Race the World Office:
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