RBC Race for the Kids 2019 - FAQs

We need everyone to race for the kids on Saturday 12 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 12 October and the biggest mass participation event for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. Returning for the tenth 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 from £18 - £25 depending when you sign up and for children under 16 it is free. 
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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. You need to be 16 or over to register as an individual or a team. Children aged 15 and under can only be added to a team by a registered adult and will require consent from a parent or guardian. 
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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 medal once you have completed the course and all children will receive a free goody bag.
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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 need to register my child?

Yes, even though kids go free, all children taking part in the event must be registered so we send them a t-shirt and race number, which will be required in order to take part in the event.
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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 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. All children taking part will also receive 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 £700k 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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