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The RACE (The Racial and Cultural Experience) is an ‘Amazing Race-style’ competition that will be held on 25 June 2016 aiming to bring together the many diverse cultures woven into the community tapestry of the NT and to promote inclusion of all.
As per the ‘Amazing Race’ competition, there will be multiple different stations across Darwin city, each station representing a different cultural group and activity that pertains to that culture. Fifteen teams made up of young people from ages 15-30 will work their way through these stations, unravelling challenges, to be announced The RACE winners.
The RACE started as a simple idea from a group of four young people who participated in the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in 2015. You can read their story here.
The RACE FAQs
Is there a cost to register?
Yes, $10 per person ($30 per team). You will need to pay this amount when you register online.
What is included in the registration fee?
Participants will receive a custom The RACE cap, race bib, drinks, sunscreen, required transport, concert and dinner, a chance to win cash prizes, a chance to enter other competitions during The RACE (to be announced at the event), and a chance to have your 5 minutes of fame through our The RACE video which will be uploaded on the MyNT Youtube channel. You don’t have to pay for anything to do any of the challenges, everything you need will be provided.
Am I able to receive a refund?
Unfortunately, we cannot issue refunds when the event goes ahead. The logistics of setting up and planning the event make it impossible. Just make sure you are good to go before signing up. If for some reason you can’t make it to The RACE, you’re welcome to transfer your registration over to someone else by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before the event.
What if one of my teammates cannot attend on the day?
The challenges have been designed for three people. While you will not be penalised for having less than three people in your team, you may find that this will put you at a disadvantage. We strongly recommend that you find another team member. As mentioned above, the registration fee is transferable so the substitute won’t need to pay again.
How fit do I need to be to join?
While we don’t expect you to be ‘Olympic-fit’, we do ask that you ensure you are fit enough to walk/run long distances and perform challenges that you think may come up (e.g. dancing). While we encourage people to just have fun and enjoy the journey, please keep in mind that this is also a competition and you may feel you have to put in the same amount of effort as everyone else even though your body is not ready for it. Please don’t put this pressure on yourself. Do a self-assessment before the event and talk to your team if you have any concerns. Please also bring your own medication if you need it (e.g. some people may have asthma but still be okay to join, as long as they have their medication with them). At the end of the day, remember that it is the experience and friendships you will gain that count.
What time do I need to be there?
Registrations open from 2-3pm. You need to be there between these times to allow us enough time to ensure you are properly registered. It will also allow us time to interview you and your teammates for inclusion in The RACE video. Unfortunately, if you arrive after registrations close, we will no longer be able to allow you to join and no refunds will be given (so please do come on time!).
Can I use my phone during the RACE?
Yes! In fact, it is compulsory that at least one of your team members has a phone with them. However, you will only be able to use your phone to look up maps, take photos and videos, and communicate with The RACE HQ (in case you get lost or need a ‘taxi’). Please make sure that your phone has the features that would allow you to use these applications. We will let you know when the location you are in has a wifi hotspot that you can connect to. Otherwise, please ensure that you have enough mobile data.
Do we need to bring a car?
Only to go to the event. You will not need it during The RACE. In saying that, please be mindful that the starting line (Goyder Park, Kitchener Dr) is on a different location to the finish line (Civic Square) so it may be a good idea to be dropped off and picked up instead. If this is not possible, please make sure you park somewhere that is within walking distance from these two locations.
Can we bring our own mode of transport (e.g. bike)?
No. We will provide everything you will need. No other modes of transport are allowed including, but not limited to, bikes, skateboards, and scooters. Sadly, this also means that wheelchairs would not be allowed as well given the type of challenges that we have (although please feel free to attend the post-RACE party).
What kind of clothes should we wear?
We encourage teams to be creative and come up with a theme. However, whatever you choose to wear, please ensure that it is comfortable and suitable for running.
Can my team split up?
No. Unless there are extreme circumstances like one of you gets sick. However, in the event (though we’re crossing our fingers it doesn’t happen) that one of you has to pull out because of an emergency, we will respect your team’s decision, whether you wish to stop or continue on.
What do I do in case of an emergency?
Please ensure that when you register, you list the mobile number that you are also going to use on the day of the event so we can easily contact you (e.g. if we have a suspicion that something happened to you or you are lost). If your mobile number changed, please let us know during registration time on the day of the event. We will also give everyone a RACE bib that contains the number of one of our key persons who you can contact in case of an emergency.
What would happen if The RACE finished and we haven’t reached the finish line yet?
Please take your time and enjoy the experience of doing the challenges. However, The RACE has to finish at strictly 5:30pm. By this time, all teams should be at the finish line already (Civic Square) and if not, we will send out a search party to look for you. This gives everyone time to refresh, sit, and have a chat with everyone else about their experiences before the concert starts.
Can spectators/family/friends attend the post-RACE concert and dinner?
Absolutely! The concert and dinner will run from 6-7pm. There is no cost to attending the concert.
Is attending the post-RACE concert and dinner compulsory?
If your team wins 1st or 2nd place, we do ask that you stay for the awarding (we will also need time for you to give us your bank details so we can send you the cash prize!), photos, and interviews.
We are also running a social media competition (we’ll tell you what it is on the day but just be ready!) and for this, we ask that at least one of your team members stay for the whole concert and dinner as the winner will be announced at the end of the event. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to give you the prize if you don’t have a representative from your team. The judges will choose another winner. But aside from these, feel free to stay or leave whenever you want. The after-party is not compulsory (but strongly recommended!).
The RACE FAQs