The Rickshaw Run - “two weeks across India in a glorified lawnmower”
No tourist sites, no guides, no road signs, and sometimes no roads either. The Rickshaw Run is not sensible, and it's certainly not safe. And that's exactly what makes it an adventure!
The Rickshaw Run is about adventure and saving the world – teams taking part in the Rickshaw Run since it began in 2007 have raised a massive £750,000 for charities working in India. UK based organisers The Adventurists believe that you have to get out into the world, take a stroll off the edge of the map and save a bit of it while you're at it.
Teams from all over the world fly in with little preparation and even less luggage, play a game of cricket against the local team, test drive the rickshaws, have a huge party and launch ceremony and then set off to traverse India in a humble three-wheeled auto-rickshaw, often known as a tuk-tuk. Designed for short hops around town, the rickshaw is a 150cc glorified lawnmower and therefore the perfect adventuring machine for ensuring tales of adventure that you'll be boring your Grandchildren about.
There is no set route, no back up and it's not a race. Totally unpredictable, just the way it should be...
The winning blogger (and a friend) will be invited to be an official media team on the Rickshaw Run in September 2011 and receive:
TOTAL VALUE = £2500
Official “Media Team”
As the Official Rickshaw Run “Media Team”, the winning blogger and a friend will not only win their place on a fantastic, adventure, they will also receive great publicity and exposure for their blog and their work.
Articles, videos or podcasts will be promoted by The Adventurists on their website, their Facebook Page & Twitter. Not to mention other forms of Social Media and the more traditional media outlets. Think of it has having your own PR Team behind you
All that is asked is that you . . .
How Does This All Work Then?
Each team is asked to have a good crack at raising at least £500 for the official Rickshaw Run charity Frank Water Projects, who do amazing things with clean water installations. And £500 for a charity of your choice. With two of you and a bit of effort its really easy to do and you have until a month after you've finished the adventure so just by blogging and posting your online fudnraising site you'd probably smash the minimum target.
Working with The Adventurists you can also get media coverage of your adventure and team sponsors to help both with costs, kit and the charity money and as an official media team you'll have lots to offer.
The fully refundable vehicle deposit is there to make sure teams do their best to give the vehicles back to us! We understand what a pasting the rickshaw will get being driven across India and money isn't taken out of any deposits unless it's handed back in 17 pieces or its obvious that the team has caused massive damage well beyond what we normally see! We want to give every deposit back in full and its very rare that we take money out of them.
The vehicle deposit is £1000 per team at the moment. Well over 500 teams have taken part in the Rickshaw Run since it launched and in that time only a tiny handful of teams have either lost their deposit and had a painful chunk of money taken out of it. This has usually been because they have misbehaved rather spectacularly or abandoned their rickshaw without making arrangements with us so that it can be picked up
If you have to abandon your rickshaw en route you call The Adventurists and arrangements are made for storing the vehicle somewhere nearby until we can pick it up.
Pretty much every team get their whole deposit back and that's the way we like it. For the small number of teams who have damaged their rickshaw well beyond what happens to the average vehicle we always keep the costs down to an absolute minimum.
If you have any questions about the deposit or anything else about the Rickshaw Run just give the organisers The Adventurists a shout. We can also put you in touch with past teams who can answer your questions about the run from a team perspective.