Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Check out our FAQs below. If you still can’t find an answer email our team. We’re here to help!

What is The World Relay?

The World Relay, in partnership with the United Nations, seeks to create a truly global event, a movement to unite people in a common cause, encouraging cross border communication empowering individuals to look past their personal barriers and promoting harmony between people and nations.

Who can run?

Anyone can run, provided they are able to maintain an average pace of 11 minutes per mile for the duration of a stage. U18s must run with a responsible adult and have signed authorization from their legal guardian.

When does it begin?

The World Relay will begin in 2018. The exact dates will be released later this year.

What are the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals?

On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you.

Who decides my route?

The first runner to sign up for a standard stage becomes the lead runner. It is their responsibility to plan the route between the start and finish points for that stage.

What is a Group Stage?

Group stages take place in major cities along the route. They are shorter and designed to encourage mass participation.

Will the relay run on time?

It is the joint responsibility of all runners to keep the relay running to time. Please do everything in your power to prevent delays. We’re all relying on you!

What is I am unable to run my stage?

You must notify the organizers immediately by emailing with the subject line ‘URGENT: I CANNOT RUN MY STAGE’. If you are the lead runner on your stage and no other runners have signed up to join you, please do your best to help find a replacement runner. We regret that no refunds on registration fees can be given.

Is there a support vehicle?

A support crew will be driving some of the routes, catching up with the relay at various points. They will not be following the relay 24/7. You are required to arrange for a friend or family member to support you during your run.

How will I know if the relay is on time?

You can track the relay’s progress online via our live map. The GPS device attached to the baton will update its location on the map every 15 minutes. All runners must carry a cell phone and keep in close contact with the people running two stages before and after them.

How do I contact other runners?

You can send a message to another runner via their profile page. Once you’ve established contact you’ll be able to swap email addresses and cell phone numbers.

Should I notify the local police?

Depending on where you’re running you might like to get in touch with the local Sheriff or police patrol officer to let them know what you’re going to be up to. They may even be able to provide a vehicle escort if required.

Should I get the media involved?

Sure thing! Get in touch with your local paper, radio and TV stations and tell them what you’re doing and why. And, if you’ve got contacts who can help put The World Relay on the national news agenda too – terrific!

How much does it cost?

We will be releasing the full website soon and stage costs will be listed on the new website.

Do I have to fundraise as well?

There is no compulsory fundraising target, but we always encourage participants to help support a cause close to their heart if they can! Runners can collect sponsorship pledges via their World Relay profile page.

Did we answer all your questions? If not then we’d love to hear from you!