how xrace works


how xrace works

XRACE is a mystery adventure race where parent and child aged 6-14 race together, locate and complete 10 mystery challenges: racing the clock and all the other family teams with the fastest and luckiest crowned XRACE champion. Our challenges are where we deliver the magic - all designed to strengthen family bonds and deliver bucketloads of self-esteem to our kids.


XRACE is a family team game made up of 10 different challenges. A team is made up of two people:

  • an adult - dad or mum or a trusted relative or family friend and
  • a child - aged between 6 and 14 years of age.

The challenges range from physical - like tug-of-war, to mental - like the memory challenge, to knowledge-based - like the music challenge. The challenges change from year to year and course to course. No XRACE is ever the same.


Each XRACE has 10 different challenges. Your team must successfully complete one challenge before moving onto the next.  There are two different types of challenges - mystery challenges and compulsory challenges.

Most of the XRACE challenges your team must complete will be mystery challenges. You will not know what the challenge is until you receive your challenge card instructions during the race.

Below is an example of a mystery challenge that tested teams' musical knowledge.  Click on the play button and read the challenge card instructions below to see how your team would have gone.

XRACE also has compulsory challenges. A compulsory challenge is where teams are told in advance of their race day exactly what a challenge is. This gives teams plenty of time to work together towards successfully completing the challenge. The true value of a compulsory challenge is all about increasing your bonding experience by having to work, practice and train together as a family team.

Below is a compulsory challenge from 2015: the CPR Challenge with Vinnie. Teams were told ahead of time to watch the below video and on race day showed off their CPR skills to the beat of 'Staying Alive'. 

Here is the CPR Challenge - where teams had to learn "Hands Only" CPR. Click on the Vinnie Jones YouTube link to view the video.

Here is the CPR Challenge - where teams had to learn "Hands Only" CPR. Click on the Vinnie Jones YouTube link to view the video.

Challenge Cards

Challenge cards are simply instruction cards that you are given before every challenge that give you all the information you need to complete a challenge. You will receive your very first challenge card 60 seconds before your team leaves the start house. You will also be given directions to where the first challenge is. 

Once you have successfully completed the first challenge will you be given your next challenge card along with directions to that challenge.

Challenge cards are your key to getting to the next challenge and contain all the information you need to complete it. 

Marshals do not provide instructions; all the information is written down for you on the challenge card. What's more important than pure speed is the ability to be able to read your challenge cards thoroughly. Part of the challenge is to be able to read your challenge cards on the move.



  1. Teams must head to the marshal located next to the 'IN FLAG'.
  2. The marshal will be wearing a yellow vest - you'll easily recognise them.
  3. The marshal will send you in the right direction to complete the challenge.


  1. As soon as you have completed the challenge, you must locate the next marshal standing next to the 'OUT FLAG'.
  2. This marshal will check you have completed the challenge satisfactorily and give you your next challenge card along with directions to the next challenge.


An XRACE course varies from city to city. Some XRACES are held in parks, while others are near a beach. Each event will take advantage of the local geography - visit your city's event page to see how far and how hilly your course is. The average distance between challenges is between 250 m and 350 m. We really stress that you do not need to run - a fast walk or jog will still get your team around the course. 



XRACE is only as competitive as your team wants to be. Some teams go from the gun and try and chase out an age-group trophy or even the overall win. Most don't. The majority of families are at XRACE to enjoy the family experience of being outdoors and completing awesome challenges together as a family. You decide your pace and you decide your level of competitiveness. 


Families of a wide variety of physical fitness and ability enjoy our races. XRACE is the perfect training goal for your family to run or walk 3-4KM. We have heard from many families that XRACE was a huge source of motivation and ultimately, of pride, to train, race and finish together. 


Firstly, congratulations. At the finish line, your team will receive a finisher medal each. At XRACE, we have ritual only teammates can place the finisher medal on their teammate and visa versa. It's a pretty cool moment, one we hope you treasure.

Then there is a little bit of housekeeping. Your team need to take off their transponders and place them in the transponder bin (just after the finish line). 

When the last teams arrive, we will hold prize-giving. This is fun filled where we all enjoy each other's company having all just experienced a fantastic XRACE together.

Trophies are awarded to the fastest boys and girls for each age group. One team will be crowned XRACE champion and take home the big trophy. There will also be some awesome spot prizes given away at prize-giving.

For more detailed information - what to wear, what to bring along - visit the your city's event page, everything is listed there.