Frequently asked questions

Participant Information

What is RBC Race for the Kids?

Since starting as a single Race in New York in 2009, RBC Race for the Kids has grown into a series of 17 events that take place around the world. Altogether, 325,000+ participants have raised more than CAD$74 million for youth charities.
Covid-19 meant the 2020 series was at risk with the majority of events facing cancellation. The need from charities, particularly those focused on youth mental health, was greater than ever before so we adapted and hosted the first global and virtual Race weekend.

The 2021 RBC Race for the Kids campaign welcomed 35 charities, inclusive of all 17 existing Race Locations, 12 repeat 2020 Charities and an additional six net-new locations/charities. Altogether, 2021 saw over 35,000 entrants and raised more than CAD$8.3 million for youth charities across the global footprint.

In 2022 RBC will be offering a hybrid format including virtual and in-person races. Races will be held at different times throughout the year, participants can check out the list of global events to pick their local race.

Where is RBC Race for the Kids taking place?

In 2022 RBC will be offering a hybrid format including virtual and in-person races. 

Visitors simply go to the registration and fundraising platform at and pick the race in the country and region they will be participating in. Or visit the registration website for a race directly if you have the information, and sign up today!

When is RBC Race for the Kids?

In 2022, the RBC Race for the Kids is taking place throughout the year around the world, both with in-person and virtual races. Regions will nominate their own race date and whether they will be delivering an in-person or virtual race.

You can participate by pledging to walk/run/roll a set distance at your local race. Click here to find a race near you.

How much does it cost to enter RBC Race for the Kids?

In 2022, RBC will be offering a hybrid format including virtual and in-person races. The costing of these elements will differ with each race. Please refer to the races unique page to understand the costs associated with that race.

Do I have to fundraise?

Specific races may include a minimum fundraising total. Please refer to the race page unique to the race you will be running. 

Who are your Race charity partners?

A list of our Race charity partners can be found on our homepage. Participants can fundraise for or donate to any of our Race charity partners, regardless of where they physically live.

How far is RBC Race for the kids?

Each RBC Race for the Kids race will specify the type of race (in-person or virtual) they will be delivering and the distance available to participate within their race.

Do I have to run?

You can walk, run, or roll your way through your Race. RBC Race for the Kids is about thousands of people coming together virtually to support amazing youth-focused causes. If you would prefer to support your race with a donation without participating, each race is set up to accept donations as well. We thank you for your support!

Can children take part?

Yes! You will be asked to enter basic information about your underage participants in the registration process but this won’t be publicly displayed – it’s just so we can capture how many amazing people took part to support their communities. 

How old do I have to be to sign up?

There’s no age limit – everyone is welcome! If you are under the age of 18 you will need a parent or guardian’s consent to sign you up. 

Where do the funds go that I raise?

RBC Race for the Kids, supports several charities around the world. A full list can be found on our homepage here. From there, you can select the charity you’ll be fundraising for. Based on where you live, some locations may have  multiple options to choose from. 

Can I make a one-time donation, even if I don’t participate in the event?

Of course! Our charity partners need your help more than ever. If walking, running, or rolling aren’t for you, you can still visit one of our charity partners’ profiles and consider making a one-time donation to help support kids and youth in need.

For all other fundraising questions including tax receipts, please contact the charity of the Race you’re participating in. You can find a full list of charities and our races from our homepage here.