The Race to Respond

07 July 2018
Open for registration
Key event info
Date: 07 July 2018
Start -
Nesscliffe Training Area, Shrewsbury
Distance: 10km
Target Sponsorship:
Registration fee -
£30 per person
Fundraising -
£300 per team member

Join us at The Race to Respond, the ultimate challenge for the Built Environment sector.

The Race to Respond is more than your average 10km immersive race – it is a physical and mental challenge designed by CARE International based on the experiences of our humanitarian workers in real emergency situations.

Simulating the real life challenges that CARE’s aid workers face when responding to emergencies across the globe, your team of 4 will be first on the scene in a humanitarian disaster zone. Immersed in the emergency response, your team will complete a 10km course that will be filled with physical and mental challenges designed to push you to the limit.

You’ll be running, climbing, and engineering your way to the finishing line while delivering humanitarian help in competition with teams from across the Built Environment sector.

With an immersive storyline running throughout the day, the pressure is on from the start and builds throughout the course. Every aspect of the race will be immersive, and your team will need to do everything it takes to provide emergency aid to people in need.

It's the closest we're going to come to being first responders. And, now, we can say with confidence that's probably no bad thing! But it was a brilliant way to get an insight into what CARE does all while having a great team building experience.

Mark Hansford, NCE editor

Have you got what it takes to deliver emergency aid to people in need?

Put yourself in the shoes of CARE humanitarian workers for one day and sign up today!

Why the Built Environment 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 from the Built Environment Sector 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. Because of CARE’s expertise in the shelter side of disaster response we do have a high number of participants from the Built Environment 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 £30 per person, payable at the time of sign up and your team fundraising target will be set at a minimum of £300 per person. Registration fees and sponsorship can be covered in full or in part by a direct company donation. Contact the events team if this is of interest and we can arrange this.

Where is the event and how can I get there?

Race to Respond is taking place at the Nesscliffe Training Area, a military training facility located 20 minutes from the centre of Shrewsbury. This camp is used for real emergency deployments and provides the perfect location for our immersive experience.

The easiest way to access the venue is by driving but you can also get a taxi from Shrewsbury station. CARE will be providing transport from Crewe, if you would like to know more about this please speak to the events team.

What time does the event start and finish?

Teams will start in waves, and your start time will be confirmed closer to the event. The earliest wave will start at 10am and we will do our best to accommodate teams who are travelling further in a later slot to allow you to travel to the venue that morning. We anticipate the challenge will take you around 2.5-3 hours and once you have finished there will be a BBQ and bar for you to celebrate. 

How far is the course?

The race is a 10km distance, although this is more than running from A to B. Along the course there are lots of challenges that could have a physical element, or challenge you to stop, engage your brain and solve a problem.

The Race to Respond is much tougher than your average 10km run. Although 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.

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. All challenges will be completed as a team and working well together will be more beneficial than being the fittest and strongest individual.

Will I get wet and muddy?

The Race to Respond is not a mud run, however the course has areas where you will get wet. We would advise you not to wear your best gear that you wouldn’t want to get dirty, but our challenge is more about dealing with emergency situations than getting 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 advice on 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 being immersed in the challenge, being surrounded by actors, volunteers and real aid workers to give you a genuine experience, 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 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 JustGiving 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 showing 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 focusing 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 working closely with other technical experts from the 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, [WA1] the loss of their home 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 06 July.

Other volunteer roles include set building, laying out the route and course, make-up, first aid and event setup on the 05 and 06 July.

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.

Please contact the event team if you want to be part of the Race to Respond volunteers.

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