Each team has a captain and three other racers, who form a team, ideally with a corporate sponsor. The four teammates each make a $2,000 tax-deductible donation to the Foundation as their entry fee, and commit to trying to raise an additional $8,000 each from sponsors, friends, family, and colleagues, for a total of at least $40,000 per team. Most people find that through their networks the goal is achievable, and many teams exceed the goal comfortably.
What is Included?
The biggest prize for most people is the chance to better the lives of talented former foster youth through a college education. However, your entry fee entitles you to the Participant Dinner & Briefing (highly recommended by not required), transportation by helicopter from Orange County to Catalina Island, participating in the race, the post-race lunch and awards ceremony, and special transportation back to the mainland. You will also receive a Challenger Pack before the race. There are trophies for the top three finishing teams, and a perpetual trophy engraved with the names of the individuals on the team that raises the most money for Orangewood. Many people also find that doing the Challenge every year is a great incentive to stay in shape, as well as an opportunity to meet other highly successful people in a relaxed atmosphere of collegial competition.