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If you are a UK based team entering the event, please go to the UK event page here

Race the Thames is back!

Join us for the Ultimate indoor virtual team challenge

Bust the Winter lockdown and keep your friends and colleagues motivated

Help young people recover their physical and mental health in 2021

Take on the challenge, or race your friends and colleagues from your office, the UK or the Globe!

22nd March to 29th March



Adult teams cost £200 for a team of 8 (£25 per person), or free for junior teams (18 and under). Payment will be taken through Stripe, LYR's online payment provider. You may be charged currency conversion costs if you are paying in a currency other than GBP.

Teams of 8 compete together virtually on indoor machines in 2 challenges over the course of a week:

  • Male, female or mixed 4:4 - Challenge a junior team to get involved for free!
  • Choose your machine: rowing machine, indoor bike (counts as 1/3 of the distance), running machine, ski erg, arm bike, other that you have - just email us first
  • Do it from your home, the office, your gym or with some friends at school - borrow, hire or buy machines (we can help!) to get involved
  • Online Prize announcement on Monday 29th @ 3pm where winners of each event are announced.  Everyone gets a coveted participation medal! Special prizes in:
    • Fastest male/female/mixed team in each distance, adult and junior, split by overall, corporate, Boat Club, Box or gym
    • Most funds raised: corporate, boat club, gym/box
    • Top 3 best / Most inspiring moments by a team

You can get training and nutrition tips, plus sign up for online training sessions in the build up to the event.

Race the thames training

Choose your Challenge

Race the "River" Thames

Race the "Tidal" Thames

The 346km challenge, equivalent to a marathon on the rowing machine for each rower over a week for one epic challenge.

Who’s got the legs for the biggest 72km, (9km each) over 7 days? Take on the extra challenge of doing it in a day.

Live the challenge through our amazing online map, track your team down the river, get competitive or share your experience – If you bring your voice and we’ll make you heard. 

Fundraise for your own charity alongside London Youth Rowing, the organisers of the event. 

New to the sport or if you don’t have a rowing machine? No problem, LYR can help

Why Race The Thames?

“Team work makes the dream work – I’ve seen this event bring out the best in rowing, and the best in colleagues! With my team of champions and motivators we’ll help get the best from you! Bust the lockdown… Join the team”

Andy Triggs Hodge, 3-time Olympic Champion

"Race The Thames has become one of the key dates in Tideway’s calendar, 2021 promises to be a whole new adventure! Our team challenge is not for the faint-hearted – really does ‘change it up’, but there is something for everyone to be inspired. Tideway will be delighted to support Race The Thames again in 2021."

John Sage, Tideway

Why London Youth Rowing?

"Students who attend our provision have faced many failures in life in general, with exclusion from school being a significant one. Our students do not often have the opportunity, nor can they fight against the social stigma attached to being involved in such activities… I often am amazed when I watch children's confidence grow not just across a term working with rowing instructors, but often within an individual session."

Teacher, London East Alternative Provision

“LYR is the most important charity giving young people the opportunity and benefits that rowing can give. We know that rowing is awesome, and no one else is having this much fun with the sport, but most importantly we know the impact this sport has, help us to make a difference to more young people”

Tinashe Mandimika, LYR coach.

"There is no reason to wait, get signed up, get training, get inspiring!"

Andrew Triggs Hodge

For more information contact [email protected]

Book a place

Ticket Quantity Price

Race the River Thames - 346km - Team of 8

Decrease Increase £200.00

Race the Tidal Thames - 72km - Team of 8

Decrease Increase £200.00

Junior Team of 8 - Race the River Thames - 346km

Decrease Increase £0.00

Junior Team of 8 - Race the Tidal Thames - 72km

Decrease Increase £0.00