LGT Vestra challenges teams to a relay race. 50 km from London to Liechtenstein, all virtually, and for a good cause. It’s also a great concept that shows what’s possible with digital technologies and some smart ideas.

Did you ever think about running from London to Liechtenstein? Probably not. Well, you can do it now, despite Covid, and it’s just 50 km.

That’s not because we know a shortcut, but because it’s a virtual race. It starts at LGT Vestra’s London headquarters and goes all the way to the LGT head office in Liechtenstein. That’s 850 km one way, but for the virtual challenge, it’s just 50 km. And the other good news is you don’t even have to run alone. You can form a team and pass on the baton.

How does it work?

You create a team of a maximum of ten people and a minimum of two. You better be good runners if you are just two.

The race starts at noon on 13th May, and your team must reach a total of 50km. That means if you are a team of 10, it’s just 5 km per person. It’s 25 km per person if you are just 2. Not every team member has to run the same distance, though, so you can split the kilometers the way it suits. You do the math!

The virtual relay is hosted through the Virtual Baton App. The individual distances that each runner walks will be recorded through Strava. Once the Virtual Baton has received the runner’s activity, the ‘baton’ will be passed on to the next team member. It goes on until each participant has finished their distance and the team has reached the goal of 50km.

So no members of your team will get lost, you won’t have to run 850km, and you don’t need to navigate through London.

Virtual teambuilding

The idea for the virtual relay came up because the last year has offered little chance for teambuilding events. The relay should create an opportunity for teams, colleagues, friends, and families to participate in an event together. It’s also for a good cause, as all of the proceeds go to The Fore. That’s an organization that supports small charities working towards innovative solutions to pressing social issues, such as knife crime, food poverty, and homelessness in marginalized communities.

It’s also a great example of what’s possible in the digital world. During the pandemic, all sorts of team events already went online. Many companies organized virtual after-hours or team lunches via Zoom. It’s not the same as meeting in real life, but it’s a way, especially for globally distributed teams, to organize teambuilding events at a relatively low cost. Firms could keep running this kind of event even after the pandemic.

You will have to pay a registration fee of GBP 350 per team. Sign up for the relay here.

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