Welcome to the official website of the Amazing London Race

The “Amazing London Race” is the brainchild of Shawn Bates, the owner of a small home-based business called EssJay M.E.C.A. (Marketing and Event Coordinating Associates). The goal of EssJay M.E.C.A. is to run special events in the London community to raise funds for non-profit organizations. In recent years, Shawn has raised funds for the “Heart and Stroke Foundation”, “Mackayla's Fight for Sight”, “Jesse's Journey”, “Sunshine Foundation” and the “Children’s Health Foundation”.

The Amazing London Race is conducted in the same format as the hit CBS TV show “The Amazing Race”. There will be pit stops, detours and road blocks to be completed. If you are a fan of the TV show or the concept of car rallies, this event is for you. This year the race will feature at least 15 different destinations (including a quick trip outside of London) with a mixture of tasks to complete and historical landmarks to visit.

We are currently seeking racers and volunteers for the RETURN of the “Amazing London Race” on Saturday, June 15, 2013.  Once again, money raised will go on to support the “Children’s Health Foundation” in support of Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre. 100% of the net proceeds from this great event will support this great cause.



About Us

Since 1922, Children’s Health Foundation, an independent, incorporated non-profit organization, has been Raising Hope and granting funds for Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, Children’s Health Research Institute, and Thames Valley Children's Centre in London Ontario.  Over the past 90 years, the Foundation has granted $80 million to fund specialized health care initiatives, rehabilitation services and research for children.  All donations support specialized paediatric patient care, equipment, education, and research at Children’s Hospital, the delivery of exceptional programs, long-term therapy and rehabilitation services at Thames Valley Children’s Centre and ground breaking research into the causes and cures of childhood illnesses and diseases at Children’s Health Research Institute. 


To raise hope by positively impacting the health of children, youth and their families.


To raise money for Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, Children’s Health Research Institute and Thames Valley Children’s Centre.


  • Committed to children and youth
  • Honest and transparent
  • Involved in our community
  • Loyal to our donors
  • Driven by our strategy

Commitment to our donors

Every donation to Children’s Health Foundation is important to us. We are committed to raising money for Children’s Hospital, Thames Valley Children's Centre and Children’s Health Research Institute in the most effective and efficient manner possible.  In 2011, our cost per dollar raised was 32.9 cents, in line with industry standards and the Canada Revenue Agency guidelines. To view how donations are used at Children's Health Foundation, please see our Financial Accountability.

Children’s Health Foundation is a member of Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) and a Canadian Registered Charity. Canada Revenue Agency registration number: 118852482RR0001



1. Each team is required to raise a minimum of $200 to participate, through pledges.
2. Teams will consist of TWO (2) members.
3. Each team will appoint a team captain and team driver.
4. You are to work together as a team. Allow both members to read the clues.
5. Read the clues very carefully, or you may miss some important information.
6. All teams will start at the same start point.
*7. The top ten (10) teams to reach the third last task will advance to the next stage of the race.
*8. The top five (5) teams to complete the second last task will advance to the final task and finish line.
9. All eliminated teams will be directed to attend the finish line area to await the race finale.
10. Each task will have its own set of rules, please make sure you follow them.
11. Drivers are to follow all traffic rules during the race.
12. Task completion will be first come, first served. The first team to arrive will have the first chance to complete the task.
13. Bring a bathing suit (at least one of the tasks will require you to get wet).
15. HAVE FUN!!!

Failure to follow the rules along the race will result in a disqualification and possible elimination from the race.

*Subject to change depending on the number of teams entered.

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