LRWA Virtual Dragon Team Challenge 2021

The Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA) has announced the return of its Virtual Dragon Team Challenge later this year.

Taking place from 10-28 May, the event will task teams of up to 11 people to walk, run, cycle or swim as far as they can in 30 minutes. The winners will be awarded based on the total kilometres achieved.

As well as helping to bring people together virtually during the pandemic, the challenge offers participants the chance to raise money for the LRWA’s 2021 charity.

Bonus kilometres will be available for the photo of the activity in the most original place and the team with the highest fundraising. Teams can also gain extra kilometres by sharing photos or videos of their efforts on social media.

LRWA members and non members are invited to take part to encourage the whole industry to get involved.

Sarah Spink, chief executive of the LRWA, said: “We launched the Virtual Dragon Team Challenge for the first time last year as an alternative to the Dragon Boat Regatta, which had to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a huge success helping to raise more than £3,000 for charity and involving 66 participants.

“With coronavirus restrictions still in place, we are bringing the challenge back for 2021 and hope that even more people from across the roofing and waterproofing sector get involved.

“The event is free to enter and a great opportunity to get active, as well as to raise the profile of our industry and much needed funds for charity.”

The winners will be announced virtually on 11 June via a video link. Medals will be awarded to all members of the team who place first, second and third.

A taster of what is involved can be viewed in the video below.

How does the challenge work?

Correction factors will be applied to enable the modes of exercise to be comparable in km. For example, the actual run distance will be used, but for walking, the distance recorded will be multiplied by 1.5km. Evidence of distances achieved should be submitted as a team result using apps such as Strava.

Bonus km are also available for those teams who post on LinkedIn and Twitter, using the hashtag #LRWAdragonchallenge. These include a photo or a video of a participant during their chosen activity wearing a team shirt – 1km bonus for a photo and 2km bonus for a video.

The judge will also decide on the best photo submitted by an individual, completing their challenge in the most original place – which will earn an additional 5km onto the total distance for the team. This could be walking up Snowdon or swimming in open water.

The LRWA is also going to offer a 10km bonus for the team that raises the most money for the Association’s chosen charity for 2021.

How do you enter?

  • Teams can have up to 11 participants and can be of any age
  • The captain must register their team name and all participants details on the LRWA website by Friday 7 May
  • The captain will select the 11 best distances achieved during the challenge, and submit these on a spreadsheet, with evidence from Strava, to LRWA by Friday 4 June
  • Winners will be announced virtually on 11 June via a video link and medals will be awarded to all members of the team who place first, second and third.

For full details, or to register a team, visit www.lrwa.org.uk and click on the events page.