dawn to dusk triple challenge
Take on an incredible team challenge journeying through majestic mountains and sprawling lakes in the heart of the beautiful Lake District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Push your limits to complete a course that sees you bike, hike and paddle between dawn and dusk, racing the sun on this triathlon-style adventure charity fundraising challenge in teams of two or four.
At sunrise, you will set off from the event base in Keswick for a 40-mile bike ride around the beautiful winding roads sure to warm up the legs and get the heart pounding.
Among some of the highest mountains in the UK, Skiddaw dominates the skyline as a constant reminder that you’ll soon be heading for the summit on foot!
Returning back to the base in Keswick, you'll have the chance to change and refuel before starting on the next section.
The 10.5 mile round trip begins with a steep walk up to Latrigg, a small hill on the outskirts of Keswick.
From here the slopes get steeper as the path zig-zags upwards. Before long you will be standing on the summit of Skiddaw which has an altitude of 931m.
From the summit, you will have a birds eye view of the cycle route and Derwentwater below where the water phase takes place.
Lifejackets on, it's time to get on the water.
In open-top canoes or kayaks, your team will navigate a 2-mile water course off the shores of Derwentwater nestled in the glorious Lake District National Park.
No canoe or kayak experience is necessary, and we'll provide everything you need, just bring some clothes you don't mind getting wet and a sense of adventure!
take on the keswick weekender
Want something more challenging?
Sign up for the Keswick Weekender to compete in this event AND Race the Sun Lake District Keswick Off-Road (Sunday 8 September) over the same weekend, and only pay one registration fee! Teams will have a combined fundraising target of £3,000 for 4-person teams and £1,500 for 2-person teams.
To take part in both amazing challenges, when registering tick the box 'I want to take part in Race the Sun Keswick Weekender'.
WHY JOIN #TEAMACTION?
Race the Sun serves up enough adventure to challenge those looking to lay down a fast time, as well as those who just want a fun, exhilarating day with friends and family.
It's truly a fundraising team challenge not to be missed, and every pound raised will support life-changing research across the UK to help save and change the lives of sick and vulnerable children.
We will be with you every step of the way, helping you with training and fundraising tips to make sure you have an unforgettable day before the celebrations begin!
- Safety briefing
- Changeover stations with drinks and snacks
- Team awards & finishers medal
- Canoe or kayak equipment
- Bike mechanics and first aiders
- Marshals and signage
- Timing tracker & GPX route files
- BBQ and celebratory drink at the finish line
race for a reason
Race the Sun for children like Danny
Danny’s family are painfully aware that time with their youngest son will be cruelly cut short by Hunter syndrome, a rare disease with no cure and limited treatment options. That's why we're supporting research at the University of Manchester that could transform the outlook for boys like Danny, by helping to alleviate the severe brain symptoms of Hunter syndrome. Race the Sun for Action and help our fight against this devastating disease.
Frequently asked questions
What is Race the Sun?
Race the Sun is a team challenge fundraising event for teams of two or four people, with the aim of completing three disciplines (cycling, hiking, and canoeing/kayaking) in as fast a time as possible!
Where is Race the Sun?
The event HQ is at the Old Pencil Factory, Main Street, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria CA12 5NH.
What is the route?
All activity phases will start and finish at the event's central hub in Keswick. The cycle phase will see you complete a circular road route of the area which includes some hilly sections. From the event hub, you'll hike to the summit of Skiddaw. You'll then hike back the same way before taking on the water stage at Derwentwater.
See the provisional route here.
Please note that the route is subject to change at any time, and without prior notice, although we will do our very best to communicate any changes in plenty of time.
How fit do I have to be?
Race the Sun is achievable by people with a reasonable fitness level who are prepared to train beforehand. The more you train, the more you’ll enjoy the challenge. It’s a great incentive to get fit and work a load of different muscles, whilst knowing you’re raising funds for an excellent cause at the same time.
Is it a relay?
No, all team members must compete in each discipline. It’s a team event so you’re only as fast as your slowest team member, you need to stick together!
How long does it take to complete?
Some teams will complete the challenge in as little as five hours and others will take the whole day. Some teams want to compete for the fastest time and others want to simply complete the course – it really is up to you!
Is there a registration entry fee?
Yes, it’s £99 for teams of two, and £198 for teams of four, plus the minimum fundraising amount. That’s less than £50 per person for an amazing day that you won’t forget in a hurry!!
When do entries close?
Registration closes at 17:00 on Monday 8 July, or sooner if places sell-out first. The entire Race the Sun 2023 series sold out before the registration deadline, so be sure to secure your place early to avoid disappointment!
What if I don't have a team yet?
Don’t worry if you haven’t confirmed your whole team yet; you can register now to ensure that you don’t miss out, and then add teammates later via the online booking platform.
Is it possible to take part on my own?
No. Taking part as a team is what makes Race the Sun so special, and what sets it apart from other events. If you’re unable to make up a team then please contact us, and we may be able to match you with teams looking for members.
Is there a team fundraising target?
Yes. Race the Sun is a team fundraising event for children’s charity, Action Medical Research. Money raised will help fund groundbreaking medical research to save and change the lives of babies and children. Learn more about Action’s work.
The team fundraising target is £950 per team of two, and £1,900 per team of four. Teams need to raise 50% of the fundraising target two months before the event date to secure their place on the event. We ask teams to do this to ensure that the charity will not be out of pocket. The remaining fundraising needs to be with the charity 6 weeks after the event.
What if our team can’t reach the target?
Please get in touch with the Events Team if you have any concerns about reaching your target and we can talk through your options with you. We have lots of resources to help you reach your target and remember, the early you start the easier it is!
Please be aware that if you do not raise 50% of the fundraising target two months before the event then your team’s place may be at risk, and you may not be able to take part.
Will Action help with fundraising?
Yes, it’s what we’re here for! Once you’ve signed up, we’ll be in regular contact with the team captain with fundraising ideas and advice, as well as materials and resources to get you started! You can also read through our comprehensive fundraising guide.
What bike do I need?
We recommend using a road bike or hybrid bike for this event.
As the route is on-road we would not recommend using a mountain bike. However, if you have trained on it and are confident you can complete the course you are more than welcome to use it.
All participants must provide their own bike, which should be in good working condition. We recommend servicing your bike before the event. On-site bike mechanics will be available at registration on Friday evening, and throughout the event to help with mechanical issues encountered on the event.
Can I take part on an e-bike?
Yes, but please note in the interests of fairness that by using an e-bike the entire team will not be eligible for any of the ‘fastest team’ award categories.
Please also ensure to carry spare batteries, or other spares specific to e-bikes, as these may not be available from the bike mechanics.
Are canoes/kayaks provided?
Yes. We provide the canoe, or kayak, paddles, and buoyancy aids, you’ll just need to wear suitable clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. Just in case!!
No previous experience is necessary, and fully qualified instructors will be on-hand to help and keep everyone safe.
What is included in the event?
- Online safety briefing before the event
- Breakfast, packed lunch, drinks and snacks available at Transition Stations/ Event Hub
- Fully supported route with marshals and signage
- Bike mechanics and first-aiders
- Timing tracker & GPX route files
- Kayak/canoe equipment
- Team awards & finishers medal
- BBQ and celebratory drink at the finish line
What food and drink are included?
There will be pastries and fruit in the morning before the start for breakfast. Lunch, snacks and water refill points will be available at transition stations during your challenge and when you cross the finish line there will be a BBQ and drink waiting for you!
If you feel that you’ll need more than this, please bring it with you.
Will there be vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options?
Yes, please let us know your dietary requirements on your registration form.
Where can we stay?
Check out the tourist board website for a list of accommodation options.
Do I have to carry all my stuff?
In short, no. There will be transition points where you can leave your stuff for the next discipline, but finer details about what to pack will be communicated with teams closer to the event.
Can I take part in fancy dress?
Yes, absolutely! We have an award, especially for teams who go the extra mile… the Best Dressed Team Award. Race the Sun is all about having fun and raising money for charity! All we ask is that costumes should not pose a danger or be perceived to be found offensive to other participants or spectators. Action Medical Research reserve the right to remove any participants who are deemed to be dressed indecently or offensively, or wearing costumes which pose a danger to others.
When will I receive my race number?
At registration on the Friday evening. You will be given race numbers for your bike and your bag. We will give you your tracker and timer just before you cross the start line. Full details of what to expect at registration will be in your Event Guide which will be sent out via closer to the event.
I have registered but no longer able to take part, what should I do?
Please contact the Events Team if you are no longer able to take part in your event and we can discuss the options with you, which may include transferring to another event or deferring to next year.
Can I transfer my entry to someone else?
Yes. Contact the Events Team for further information.
What are the event timings?
The following is an example of the typical event timings for guidance only. Full details with precise timings will be sent out in the Event Guide closer to the time.
Friday 6 September
18:00 - 21:00
Team registration – Teams will be allocated a time to attend the event HQ to sign in, pick up race numbers, drop off transition bags and have their bikes checked over to ensure that you’re all ship shape and race ready in the morning.
Saturday 7 September
07:00 – 08:00
Event start – Teams depart in waves. Teams will be allocated a start wave closer to the event.
16:00 – 19:00
PARTY TIME!! – Grab a bevvie as you cross the line, then chill out with your teammates and supporters over a bite to eat! Food and drink is available for registered participants only, there will not be an option for supporters to purchase anything on-site, but they are more than welcome to bring their own to join the fun.
19:00 – 20:00
Can friends and family watch?
Yes, and why not make a weekend of it! Supporters will be able to join you at the event HQ, then track your progress live online. We’ll share the tracking link with registered participants closer to the event.
Check out the tourist board for the area for inspiration of things to see and do before and after the event.
Does cycling take place on closed roads?
No. Please follow the highway code, and abide by the rules of the road, as well as being considerate to other road users. Take a look at this handy guide to cycling on the roads.
Where can I find photos from the event?
Participant photography is not included in the event, but we do often have photographers roving around the course, as well as members of our staff and marshals capturing pictures and videos throughout the event. All images will be uploaded to this album after the event.
When will I receive my official time?
All Race the Sun events have live tracking, so you’ll receive your team’s time immediately after crossing the line. We will also publish the results on a webpage which will be shared with participants after the event.
When do you need to receive my fundraising by?
Teams need to reach their fundraising target 6 weeks after the event.
race the sun series
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