Race Around the World for Education

Mon May 1 - Wed May 31


Who can participate?

Anyone – the more the merrier. While the majority of participants hail from marketing research companies, we welcome all participants and their friends, families, partners, neighbors, etc.

Can I join any team?

You are welcome to join any team when you sign up. If your company is not sponsoring a team, please feel free to join the MREF team (or any other)!

Will I have to verify my results?

No; the race operates on the honor system. We trust everyone to report responsibly!

How do I log miles?

  1. Once signed in, click your profile bubble on the top right of the menu and navigate to Profile.
  2. Find the Race Around the World box – on the righthand list of blue links, click Submit Virtual Results.
  3. If you need help troubleshooting or want to explore other logging options, visit this tutorial.

How do I upload photos?

  1. On the main menu, click Photos.
  2. Click Add Photos to Your Album.
  3. Click Upload Images and choose your photo(s).
  4. When you're finished selecting photos, click I'm Finished Uploading.

Can I use my Fitbit or other device to log miles?

No; miles must be logged manually on the website.

The race has already started – is it too late to join?

It's never too late! We welcome all participation at any point in the race.

I forgot to log my miles for a couple days – do they still count?

They do! Simply change the date to the correct day when you submit your virtual results – you can choose a day that as already past.

How long after the race do I have to log my miles?

If participants miss some days, they will have until June 5 at 11:55 p.m. ET to retroactively submit results. Remember – all race results are on the honor system!

What happens to proceeds from the race?

When you sponsor the 2023 Race Around the World for Education, you are providing funds to organizations that are working to keep vulnerable children from falling through the cracks. Here are the grantees of the 2023 Race:
Marty’s Orchid House

Marty's Orchid House is a specialized day program for preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and overlapping health conditions, allowing low-income parents to maintain employment and give enrolled children access to an array of services all under one roof. They are committed to advocating for high-risk children to increase the possibilities of a brighter future. The use of gross motor equipment is essential for providing holistic and meaningful therapy services. MREF’s grant will allow Marty’s Orchid House to purchase equipment to help strengthen its therapy program.  
Start Lighthouse
In the Bronx, 58% of residents are rent-burdened and 70% of students read below grade level. Founded in March 2020, Start Lighthouse services 5,200 students across eight Title I schools within the Bronx, one of the poorest congressional districts in the entire country, with 70-85% of students reading below grade level. Start Lighthouse hosts Literary Adventures – immersive hosted onsite at NYC public schools, designed to revitalize a love for reading. Students curate their own library from new, free, and engaging multicultural books.  
Orphans’ Aid Society 
Orphans’ Aid Society (OAS) provides monetary aid to children in foster arrangements in Ukraine. With children in their network displaced regionally in Ukraine and across Europe, OAS's work to establish connection and provide support has become even more critical. Grant aid will enable OAS to continue this work under the current difficult circumstances and in the future as orphans and their caretakers rebuild their lives.
Hogar Montiel Girls Association
The Hogar Montiel Program serves girls between the ages of 5 and 12 in Costa Rica who have high social risk, facing problems such as neglect, abandonment and abuse. The program supports the girls academically according to learning styles and individual needs, while also supporting their emotional well-being and development. MREF’s grant will be used for educational needs such as school supplies and tutoring classes in math, technology or English.


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