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Get prepared to get RATTY! The YMCA Rat Race is a cheeky cheesy and challenging obstacle course designed for maximum fun and ir-RAT-ional behaviour!

On Sunday 15th of October, teams of four will be given a large novelty inflatable cheese to protect and carry with them throughout the scenic Brisbane river based course and over the obstacles.

Our dedicated ‘Pest Patrols’ will be out to run interference and ‘rescue’ the cheese - adding that extra level of RATified intensity.

This year we are introducing a new element to the event and opening it up to families.

Family Event: Families come in all shapes and sizes – so we have come up with lots of options for you! However the event will be open to children of 7-12 years accompanied by at least one adult. Teams of up to 4 members are permitted to race.

Team Event: Based on lasts years Rat Race – we are again inviting teams of up to 4 people to compete. The age limit has been lowered to include the teens! Grab a group from work or rustle up a few ratty friends and enjoy a day of cheesy obstacles, rat-tastic river views and of course some sunset wines at the end!

With up to fourteen ratty obstacles including the torturous RAT TRAP and the adrenalin pumping BIG CHEESE our teams are in for an amazing experience.

YMCA Rat Race Obstacles
Rat Trap
Drowned Rat
Drain Pipe
Cheese Wheel
Tunnel Rat
Be Amazed
Fiesty Fondue
Big Cheese
Cheese Ball
Ratatouille Rebel
Rat Attack
Get Rattled
Cheese Chasers
Cheese Puffs

Why We Are Fundraising

More than 25% of Australian children go to school hungry. This significantly impacts their ability to learn and absorb information. Consequently their grades and self-confidence suffer along with their health.

The YMCA now provides more than 500,000 breakfasts a year across 89 schools in south east Queensland. But the need is BIG!

We aim to be not only providing breakfast to more than 200 schools in the next 2 years but we are educating the children on good nutrition and empowering them and their families with the skills to improve their food choices at home.

Who We Are

Often when people think of the Y, they think of their local gym, hostel or even the Village People song! What few people may actually know is that the Y has been active in Queensland for more than 150 years.

Did you know that the Y was instrumental in the development of the Red Cross and Father’s Day? Or that the Y invented basketball, volleyball, softball and racquetball?

The YMCA in Queensland not only runs fitness and recreation centres, a hotel, restaurant, and pools; but also child care centres, camping facilities, Queensland Youth Parliament, OSHC centres, vocational schools, community centres, youth mentoring, school’s breakfast program, affordable housing programs, meals for the homeless and much, much more!

Wherever the Y is, we strive to make a positive difference by providing each and every person the opportunity to be healthy, happy and connected.

The Y’s ability to positively impact people’s lives, strengthen communities and respond proactively to today’s biggest social challenges is significant, with its diverse programs and services delivered to communities across Queensland.

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