RBC Race for the Kids 2018 - FAQs

We need everyone to race for the kids on Saturday 13 October in Hyde Park. Run, jog, wheel or walk our 5k family fun run and give seriously ill children at Great Ormond Street Hospital the chance of a better future.

Read some of our frequently asked questions (FAQs) below. If your question isn't answered please contact the team or call 020 3841 3270.

What is RBC Race for the Kids?

RBC Race for the Kids is a 5K family fun run in Hyde Park on Saturday 13 October and the biggest mass participation event for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. Returning for the ninth year in a row, this inclusive event will see thousands of people of all abilities walk, wheel, jog or run their way to the finish line to raise money and help to make a difference to the lives of seriously ill children from across the UK.
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Will the event still go ahead if the weather conditions are bad?

Come rain or shine, this year's RBC Race for the Kids will still be taking place! We will ensure it is as accessible as possible to all and take all necessary steps to ensure it is as safe and enjoyable - whatever the weather. Please do dress appropriately; wearing layers under your race t-shirts if you think you'll be cold. Water will be provided as well as first aiders along the route to ensure the race is safe, accessible and enjoyable for all.
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Can we enter as a team?

Yes, people can take part in teams or individually. Entering as a team is an exciting way of taking part, why not get some friendly competition going?
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How long is the course?

The course is five kilometres, which is approximately 3 miles. Participants can walk, run, jog, wheel or push a pushchair around the course whilst they take in views of London's iconic Hyde Park.
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How much does it cost?

Adult registration to the race is £18 and for children over four years it is £12. Under four year olds can take part for free. Early bird offers will also be available to participants who wish to sign up early - so do look out for these!
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Who can take part?

The event will see people of all ages and abilities take part from babies in pushchairs, grandparents and wheelchair racers, everyone is welcome to walk, run, scoot or wheel their way around the course. There is no age limit but if you’re under the age of 16 then you will need a parent or guardian’s consent.
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Can we bring our pet dogs?

Yes, you are very welcome to bring your pet dog along to the event.
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What is the wheelchair and pushchair access?

The route has been specially designed to be accessible to all and will take you through London’s iconic Hyde Park on its paved pathways. Please note that some of the post-race entertainment will take place on the grass areas of the park.
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Are there any activities on the day?

There will be plenty of other family friendly activities and entertainment on the day including a climbing wall, bubble station, entertainers and more! You’ll also receive a free goody bag and medal once you have completed the course.
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What time does it start?

The race starts at 10am but get there early to take part in the pre-event activities including a warm up!
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When do I get my complimentary t-shirt?

Your t-shirt will be sent to you in the post along with your event day information pack and you will receive it approximately 1-2 weeks ahead of the event (depending on when you sign up).
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Can I wear my company or sponsor's t-shirt?

Yes. You might find that you'll be able to raise a lot more money if you wear your company's t-shirt or even fancy dress. If it helps to raise more funds, and if it's safe to run in it then please feel free.
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Do I have to fundraise?

We do not set any minimum fundraising targets but we would love you to fundraise to help us to make a difference to the lives of seriously ill children from across the UK. Your registration fee contributes towards the cost of holding the event but by fundraising on top, you will help us to support the hospital’s most urgent needs. These include funding pioneering new treatments and research, providing cutting-edge equipment and supporting the rebuilding the hospital to provide state-of-the-art facilities to match the hospital’s world-class care. This money will make a vital difference to children from across the UK who are suffering from the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions.
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Will there be changing or baggage facilities?

Yes, we will be providing baggage storage for our participants in Hyde Park, more details on this will be available closer to the event day.
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Will there be refreshments?

Refreshments will be available throughout the day on the event site.
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Do I get a medal or goody bag?

As you cross the finish line you’ll be given a medal along with a goody bag full of surprises. 
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How much is it expected to raise and where will the money go?

Last year the race raised just over £500k and this year we hope to beat that target. The money raised will help fund the hospital’s most urgent needs, which include the essential rebuilding of the hospital, which will see state of the art facilities replace outdated wards. Patients and families will also have more privacy and comfort including a bed for a parent to stay next to their child whilst they are in hospital.
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Will there be first aid?

Yes there will be first aiders including paramedics as well as security staff and water will also be provided on the day. The event is designed to be fun and open to all abilities so we encourage people to stay at their own pace and enjoy the day. We also ask runners to provide emergency contact details for family and friends in case of an emergency on the back of their running number.
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I have a question that is not listed here, how do I get in touch?

Call our RBC Race for the Kids team on 020 3841 3270 or email us. We'd love to hear from you.
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