The Race to Respond

June 2018
Key event info
Date: June 2018
Start -
Distance: 10km
Target Sponsorship:
Registration fee -
£25 per person
Fundraising -
£300 per team member

The Race to Respond: a fundraising challenge for the Construction sector.

Simulating the real life situations that CARE’s aid workers face when responding to disasters, your team of 4 will be first on the scene in a humanitarian disaster zone. Together you will complete our 10km muddy assault course and the physical challenges it throws at you.

Unlike other mud runs, the obstacles you face will be inspired by the real life challenges faced by CARE’s aid workers when responding to earthquakes, typhoons, and other humanitarian emergencies.

Roads are damaged and the help can’t get through, so you will need to work as a team to haul, scramble, climb and wade your way around the course in order to deliver emergency aid.

Get wet, get muddy and get the feel for what it takes to respond to a humanitarian emergency.

Register your interest for 2018.

We had a great time taking on the challenge for CARE. The team put on a superb event and it was great fun taking on other teams from the sector. Would definitely recommend getting involved.

CARE Construction Challenge participant

Why the Construction sector

CARE’s Humanitarian work

Every year, CARE responds to disasters that affect the lives of millions of people around the world. With emergency-response experts on the ground in over 60 countries, CARE provide emergency support with a heavy focus on building shelter.

What difference could my fundraising make?

Your fundraising will help CARE continue to reach millions of people every year who are in need of emergency support.

Every team fundraising for the Race to Respond could provide approximately 10 emergency shelter kits, giving families affected by disasters the materials and tools they need to rebuild their homes.

Some of the company teams who took part in previous years include:

  • ISG
  • Bechtel
  • Willmott Dixon
  • Costain
  • BAM Nuttall
  • Hochtief
  • ​Graham Construction

Who can take part?

Men and women of all ages are invited to take part in the Race to Respond – it’s your appetite for action and your indifference to mud we care about more! Because of CARE’s expertise in the shelter side of disaster response we do have a high number of participants from the construction and engineering sector but we actively encourage members with similar skills from other industries to take part too.

How many people do we need to take part?

A team should be made up of 4 members. Within the team you will need to appoint a team leader to co-ordinate the group and liaise with us throughout your planning and preparation.

How much does it cost?

There is a registration fee of £25 per person, payable at the time of sign up and your team fundraising target will be set at a minimum of £300 per person.

Where is the event and how can I get there?

Race to Respond is taking place in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire. The actual venue is the country estate of Hounslow Hall, which offers beautiful open views and varied terrain. It is easily accessible from the A421 and is just 3 miles from Bletchley rail station.

What time does the event start and finish?

Once registered, you will be allocated a start time slot between 9-10.30am. This will be confirmed nearer the date of the event. At the end of the day (approximately 3-5pm) there will be a BBQ, drinks and prize giving to celebrate having successfully completed a day in the life of any emergency aid worker.

How far is the course?

The race is a 10km+ distance, this means the actual course will be approximately 10km in distance, however just like when humanitarian workers respond to emergencies; obstacles will get in their way which will cause additional distance and challenges. We can’t tell you exactly how far you will cover, because this will vary based on how you complete your challenges as a team, however the distance is not important, what matters is getting help to people who need it.

The Race to Respond is much tougher than your average 10km run, although if you are not required to run the whole course (walking is acceptable), you will face physical obstacles and challenges that will involve your team lifting and carrying heavy objects in order to reach and respond to the community in need.

We anticipate the time needed to complete the course will be between 3 and 5 hours, and there will be a cut off of 6 hours for completing it.

How fit do we have to be to participate in The Race to Respond?

You have to be reasonably fit for the challenge, however mental stamina and an appetite for outdoor adventure is just as important.  As you might expect, the more you put into the day the more you’ll get out of it and being fit will definitely give you an advantage on race day.

Will I get wet and muddy?

Yes. In the aftermath of a natural disaster the ground is unpredictable. It’s often boggy, and sometimes the paths and roads are damaged by cracks or landslides so the alternative routes could get you wet and muddy.

What should I wear?

Our humanitarian workers would always wear long sleeves and leggings/trousers as they don’t know what situations they might face, they would always wear something they don’t mind getting muddy and that they can move easily in. We will provide you with their advice of what you should wear and bring once you have signed up, but don’t worry, it won’t be anything unusual so you should have it all already.

You will not be permitted to take part in open toe shoes, so please wear trainers that you are happy to get dirty.

What else should I bring?

Kit – a full kit list will be provided
Lunch and snacks
And… a sense of adventure

Is anything else included?

Apart from feeling like a humanitarian hero for the day, getting wet, muddy and very tired, we promise to provide you with a performance-enhancing technical t-shirt, food and fluids to refuel afterwards and a one-of-a-kind hand-carved medal. We’ll also provide photos and a video of the event so that you can relive your glory over and over again.

I’ve never fundraised before, where do I start?

A great way to start fundraising is to set up an online sponsorship page at which you can send to your suppliers, clients, colleagues, friends and family.  Many teams fundraise by organising events such as sample sales, cake bakes, dress down days, quiz nights, five–a–side football tournaments… which have all proved to be successful and great fun!   There are many ways to raise funds and when you’ve signed up we’ll give you lots of ideas and support.

What fundraising support will I receive?

We’ll send you our fundraising guide, full of hints and tips to help you reach your target, and send you regular updates with new ideas and how your fundraising is making a difference. You’ll also have a dedicated member of the team who can talk through your ideas with you and provide advice whenever you need it.

Where does my sponsorship money go?

Money raised from this event will support CARE International’s work around the world, helping vulnerable people living in poverty. The day’s activities will give you an insight into how our emergency response fund, resources and specialist staff provide fast, effective disaster relief to communities, working with the people most affected to meet their immediate and their long-term needs in times of emergency.

Whether it’s providing emergency shelter for victims of natural disasters or war, rebuilding disaster resistant buildings, training communities in improved construction techniques or focussing on water and sanitation, construction is a key element of the work we do. The charity is recognised globally as an expert on shelter during times of emergency – a status we maintain by relying on other technical experts from construction and engineering industries.

Shelter is never more important than in times of crisis. When emergencies such as earthquakes or flooding strike, many people lose their homes and for poor vulnerable families, a house can be their largest asset, and the loss of a house leaves them exposed to ill health, poor security, indignity and poverty.

CARE is often among the first to respond when emergencies strike, but our rapid response to emergencies is only the beginning. We remain with communities long after the TV cameras have gone.

In May 2015, Nepal was hit by a terrible earthquake, causing utter devastation. Homes were destroyed; clothes and food supplies buried under rubble, and many thousands of families had no shelter as the monsoon season approached. CARE worked and continues to work in the remote mountain villages where the earthquakes destroyed up to 90% of the buildings. We are providing food, shelter and other emergency supplies to families in need – but many more families need help.

Your support will enable us to continue our invaluable work in places like Nepal, helping thousands of families to rebuild their lives.

How do I get involved?

If you have any other questions please contact us. If you’re ready to take on the challenge of an emergency aid worker then go ahead and sign up! We’ll then be in touch to welcome you and your team, and send you any additional information you need.

Volunteer Opportunities

Another way to help CARE fundraise is being an event volunteer for the day!

CARE’s Events Team are appealing for a variety of volunteers to help create an immersive atmosphere – for example playing the part of a resident of a region that’s been hit by an earthquake on the 30 June.

Other volunteer roles include set building, laying out the route and course, make-up, first aid and event setup on the 29 and 30 June.

The charity are especially keen to hear from anyone with previous marshalling experience for a similar assault course setting, and of course anyone with first aid experience.

For more information download the Event Volunteer Role Description.

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