In 2009, 15 year old Christopher Schrader began walking 600 kilometres across the base of England in memory of a recent friend. The journey changed his life and highlighted the synergy between philanthropy and endurance , that as a young person there was an effective way to demonstrate your commitment to a cause. Not only did Christopher have the chance to raise funds and awareness to support his late friend's memory, he also learned basic entrepreneurial skills that proved invaluable in his life.
One year and several expeditions later, the 24 Hour Race was born. Organised by a team of two (Christopher Schrader and Aaron Sekhri), the simple idea of running 24 hours relay-style with friends presented an accessible way to taste endurance, raise money, whilst being challenging for both recreational and serious athletes.
Funds raised 260,000 HKD
Schools involved 8
Following the success of 2010, the 24 Hour Race was continued in 2011, only this time with more schools, more runners, and more funds raised. Wanting to give the same opportunity they had gained so much from to others, Christopher Schrader and Aaron Sekhri (Founders) handed the race over to 4 new students.
FUNDS RAISED 600,000 HKD
SCHOOLS INVOLVED 15
In the Press
As the race continued to grow in size, so did the number of directors. In 2012, the main organising committee grew from four to seven, allowing the race to accommodate more runners and involve more schools. Additionally for the first time ever the race decided to expand its portfolio of beneficiaries - supporting the Nepal based charity Freedom Matters in addition to The Esther Benjamin Trust.
FUNDS RAISED 700,000 HKD
SCHOOLS INVOLVED 17
Prior to 2013, participating schools were limited to international schools in Hong Kong. However in 2013, the directors increased their focus on the local community through local press and garnering the participation of 2 large local schools in Hong Kong.
FUNDS RAISED 1,209,622 HKD
SCHOOLS INVOLVED 20
In The Press
In 2014, the 24 Hour Race occurred for the first time simultaneously in 3 countries- Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur. With this in mind the global race directors worked hard alongside the staff at the 24 Hour Race to shape the culture and brand of the 24 Hour Race, making the race what it is today.
FUNDS RAISED 1,200,000 HKD
SCHOOLS INVOLVED 26
In The Press
In 2015, the current venue of the 24 Hour Race reached maximum capacity. Yet despite the increased number of individuals running, fund raising per runner increased exponentially compared to previous years. This is a testament to the race's ability to engage youth in the fight against human trafficking and the growth of the 24 Hour Race as a global movement.