Broken Hill to Sydney
Virtual Team Challenge 2019
Come hang out with us online, have a cracking-good time with friends, get fitter, and score some new bling. You can achieve it all within a few metres of your front door.
This November, you're invited to team up with friends, family or colleagues and be part of the next RAV Virtual Team Challenge.
Do you want to have some epic fun this November?
Starting 22 November 2019, groups of up to 20 people can walk or run 1300km from Broken Hill to Sydney. The route retraces the real-world 2017 StepsTogether Ultramarathon. This Challenge is the only opportunity you have to run this route, virtually. More than 2200 people across the world participated online in our last Challenge. This year we expect it to be even bigger.
The best part is that while you're having a heap of fun, you also get to be a super-hero. By taking steps together, you will make your community a better place for others.
Why #Stepstogether Matter
Run Against Violence chose the Broken Hill to Sydney route for many reasons.
The route links more than 25 communities, from remote to metropolitan, showing that family violence impacts us all.
The 1300kms covered equates to 1.7 million steps. That's the estimated number of Australians who experienced physical abuse before the age of 15*.
Family violence is a big problem in our local communities. We know that people who experience violence can feel stigmatised and alone. They don't reach out for help for fear of their safety and what people will say and think. Every one of us has the power to change that. By starting conversations, we rip down those social barriers. That makes it much easier for people to ask for help and to heal from their experiences.
After our 2017 Broken Hill to Sydney Virtual Challenge, 59% of participants surveyed said they had more conversations. 58% said they shared more stories and articles about family violence prevention. All those small steps shatter the silence for people who experience family violence. This year we all want more!
The 2019 Virtual Challenge aims to:
Raise $20,000 for the new RAV grants program. The Grants will support running groups to undertake prevention initiatives in their local communities.
Raise $20,000 for Run Against Violence to produce and share educational materials.
Bring people together to get (or keep) fit, create bonds and share experiences.
Share stories about how running and the running community has helped people recover from family violence.
Registrations Open: Friday, 18 October 2018
Challenge Starts: 5 am Friday 22 November 2019 – White Ribbon Day
Challenge Finishes: Midnight Tuesday 10 December 2019 - International Human Rights Day
Team Sizes & Fees
In this Challenge, there will be two categories of teams.
Pacemakers category - Up to 10 team members
RAVheads category - 11 to 20 team members
Each team is required to nominate a team leader who will be the primary liaison with RAV throughout the event. Each team will also need to have a unique name.
As a guide, if you have ten people in your team, each member will need to average 6-7km per day to complete the Challenge. Twenty members equate to 3-4km per day.
If you can't find a team in your local area, it will be possible to sign up as an individual, and we will find you a team. Please watch the website for more details when registrations open.
Entry fee: $35 per person
It will be appreciated if you can collect your entry fees locally and then put through payment as one transaction when you register the team. This saves our volunteers a lot of administration. We respect that's not always possible.
Want to add some spice to the Challenge?
Chase the Fastest Known Time
In 2017, the League of Kilted Athletes stunned the running world by finishing the Challenge in 7 days, 14 hours and 6 minutes. Think you can set a new FKT? Sign up in the Pacemakers category and have a crack.
Set your region's Course Record
Challenge teams in your area and see who can hold your local course record. The new RAVheads category provides an excellent opportunity to establish a new record.
Virtual challenge platform, Run Down Under (www.rundownunder.com.au) has donated the software, facilities and administration for us to run this event. That’s a huge donation!
We will provide team leaders with a list of instructions for using the platform before the event. Here is a quick overview of how it works:
The team leader sets up a free account on Run Down Under and gives the login details to each team member.
As a team member, you will head outside to complete a dedicated run or walk each day. You will clock your distance with any device available – a watch, phone, online mapping program, car odometer or any other method available.
At the end of each day, you will log into Run Down Under and enter your distance and name.
Then watch your team icon move across the race route map!
Your team will have to work together to reach the finish-line before the cut-off time. If your team is successful, then every member will receive a finisher’s medal and boasting rights for a long time to come.
We will post all medals to the Team Leader approximately four weeks after the Challenge is complete.
T-shirts, singlets and other merchandise will be on sale for the event. All profits from these sales go toward our goals. Follow up Facebook page for more information.
We also encourage teams to fundraise, although it is not compulsory. More money means more good work will happen in local communities through our Grant program. Alone we care, united we make a difference.
Set up your fundraising page at:
Show your community that your company is contributing to a positive change. A range of sponsorship packages are available to companies who are aligned with the values and intent of Run Against Violence. Please email Tanya Carroll on email@example.com for more information.
Media enquiries contact Kirrily Dear on 0425 285 293.
Please tell your local papers, radio, and television stations what you are doing. It makes for excellent news stories and starts vital conversations.
For stories ideas, look through our past media here: https://www.runagainstviolence.com/in-the-media
RAV documentaries: https://www.runagainstviolence.com/documentaries
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are all volunteers but will aim to come back to you within one business day during the Challenge period, or within two business days outside of this time.
Let the fun begin!
Here are some great memories from the 2017 Broken Hill to Sydney Virtual Challenge.