Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Smith Family Challenge?
Now in its 16th year, The Smith Family Challenge is an annual fundraising event. Started in 2008 by a former Smith Family Board Member, Paul Tobin, the event has raised over $12 million to date. It is a multi-sport, 80-100km adventure race over two days, where teams of four raise $40,000 to support The Smith Family's Learning for Life program.
Who runs the Challenge?
The Challenge is supported by a committee of volunteers who guide the event management, recruit the participants, and drive the team fundraising targets. The event is designed and managed by event specialists, ChallengeWorks.
When is the 2024 Event?
The Smith Family Challenge 2024 will run from 7-9 March, 2024
What does the course involve?
Exact details remain a surprise until closer to the date! We can tell you it will involve navigation on foot, by bike and on water to the finish line. ChallengeWorks coordinates the course, safety, accommodation, food, equipment, support crew and is available to provide training and equipment advice.
How much does it cost?
Each team of 4 must aim to raise at least $40,000 (including a $2,000 donation per head to cover costs).
How fit do I need to be?
The Challenge is for your average middle-aged person to go beyond their everyday physical limits, collaborate with a team, and make a positive difference for young Australians in need. You are only as fit as the team you are with! A lot of the course is built around learning something new, navigating well, and using teamwork to get you to the finish line.
Where does the money go?
All Challengers are paying the full cost of this trip, so 100% of donations go directly to The Smith Family. This year the fundraising target is $1,000,000. This is enough to sponsor more than 1,500 Australian children in need through The Smith Family's Learning for Life program for a year.