Taking on RBC Race for the Kids

Dan Ellis and his team, The Moving Averages, are taking part in our 5k family fun run, RBC Race for the Kids, for the third consecutive year. 

Dan reveals ​why his 15-strong team from Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) – the title sponsior of the event – decided to return for this year's big race to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

What’s your team name and why did you choose it?

We're called ‘The Moving Averages’. Our team members work in investments for RBC Wealth Management and we chose the name because a ‘moving average’ is a commonly used technical indicator to gauge the direction of a trend (yawn!). Also, we intend to be ‘moving’ during the race, and class ourselves as ‘average’. Anyway, we thought it was funny at the time!

How have you recruited your team members?

We're currently up to 15, although that’s before I start to apply the reminders as we get closer to race day! We have many returning team members, as this is the third year our team has taken part. The good thing is that we RBCers have seen what a great day and a great cause it is, and we're encouraging our friends and family to come along – each year we continue to go from strength to strength.

Why did you sign up for RBC Race for the Kids?

It's a great cause and I have friends whose children have been cared for by GOSH. As a parent myself, I'm proud that RBC is one of GOSH’s key partners. I also love running and the race is always held in a great location!

What’s the best thing about taking part in RBC Race for the Kids?

This will be my third time running and I hope to beat last year’s time. The best thing is really seeing how many people take part, whether they're a competitive runner, or they're jogging, walking or scooting! I've encouraged my kids to train for it this year, so I'm looking forward to running with them.

What are the benefits of taking part in the race as a team?

I'm super-competitive, so we generally egg each other on to see who can do the best, which results in more money for GOSH. We're looking forward to beating all the other RBC teams here this year – consider the gauntlet thrown!

What are you most looking forward to about this year’s event in Hyde Park on Saturday 7 October?

Certainly the venue is very special, and it shows just how big the event has become: to go from Battersea Park, to the Queen Elizabeth Stadium and now Hyde Park is testament to how special the event is. The atmosphere is always fantastic and I suppose, finally, if I run hard, I’ll be looking forward to seeing the finish line!

What are your top tips for getting other people involved in the race?

It's a great fun day out for the whole family, an opportunity to raise money for a very special charity and even if you choose to just walk it, it’s a good bit of exercise!

To enter a team into RBC Race for the Kids, visit gosh.org/raceforthekids or use the button below.

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If you’ve already signed up as an individual and you’d like to start your own team, please email us at raceforthekids@gosh.org