Charity mass participation challenge events are where large numbers of people take part in the same event at the same time. Participants can choose to get sponsored for any charity registered with the event.
There are a number of these events staged every year, such as runs, walks, obstacle courses, swims, bike rides, and colour runs, triathalons, treks, etc.
There are typically two routes into an event: gaining a charity place, or paying for your own entry place.
Applying for an animal charity entry place: In most events, a charity pays for a limited number of entry places up front. People then apply for those places, agreeing to raise money for the charity by asking people to sponsor them. Sometimes people with charity places are required to raise a minimum amount for the charity.
Paying for your own entry place: In oversubscribed events, there is a ballot people have to enter to try to gain an entry place. Those who get one pay an entrants fee to the event organisers. With other events, entrants are first come, first served.
If you purchased your own entry place, you are normally free to raise money for whatever animal charity or cause you choose, even if it is not registered with the event. If you choose an animal charity not registered with the event, contact them directly telling them you have purchased your own entry place in an event and wish to use it to raise money for them. Many animal charities and rescues will provide you with support and help.
Image: Cats Protection supporters participate in mass participation challenge events. Source
How Do Animal Charities Get Involved With Mass Participation Events?
This page will explain how animal charities can register with these different events. There are different packages offered to charities, including a basic package where they are required to pay up front for each entry place they want. Sometimes charities have to enter a ballot to try to win entry places in oversubscribed events.
On this page you will find just a few of the many mass participation fundraising events organised each year in the UK. To find others local to you, search online through charity search engines so you raise money for animal charities while searching.
There are many similar events organised in other countries too.
There are also other challenge events you can do for animal charities, such as Zipwires, abseilling, skydiving, total wipe out, and zombie escape. Some of these can be done as corporate events, whilst raising money for animal charities.