Race To Erase

How It Works

Overview

The Race to Erase, begun in 2006, is an annual event where teams of four compete in fun-filled challenges throughout their community, all in support of local charities.

The Race begins when you connect with friends, family or co-workers and create a team of four (aged 16+). Once the team captain has registered your team online, you can begin fundraising. There is no fee to register, but each team is asked to raise a minimum of $500. When you register, you choose which charity you would like your funds to support. 100% of the money raised by each team goes to the charity of their choice. Teams can collect donations in person, online, or a combination of both. Pledge sheets are available to download on the Race to Erase portal, after you have registered. Prizes are handed out to the top fundraisers on Race Day.

The Race to Erase is not a running race! The challenges are a combination of savvy and smarts – no goofy shorts required. On Race day, teams compete to complete the challenges in the fastest time. Everyone gathers together at the start to register before heading out to their first stop. The start of the Race is done shotgun-style: teams are sent out to different locations, and only after they have completed the first challenge are they given the location of the next one. For some examples of past challenges, click here.

Teams drive between the challenges, all hosted by local business and not-for-profits. Driving faster does not help you win the race - only the challenges themselves are timed. In fact, any team that receives a traffic ticket is automatically disqualified. The challenges are designed to be not only entertaining, but to raise awareness and exposure for the hosts. Our goal is to ensure that everyone finishes the Race knowing a little more about their community than they did at the start of the day. Finally, when the last challenge is completed, everyone meets back at the start (which is now the finish line) for lunch (which is provided) and the awards ceremony. A trophy is handed out to the team that completes all of the challenges in the fastest time.

We feel it is the best event going in the community from a charitable, community, team building and networking perspective.

- The Staff, Hume, Mayer & McDonough LLP -

The number of repeat teams year over year shows the event’s strength and it’s firmly in my calendar of events each fall.

- Tracy Ranick, Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation -