The CENTRAL Rat Race has become one of Hong Kong's signature charity events. Taking place in the heart of the central business district, it debuted in 2006 and has been held every year since. The race symbolises the various challenges one faces in the business world in a fun and exciting way.
This exhilarating event has two aims: to raise funds for MINDSET, a registered charitable organisation that supports mental health-related organisations and projects in Hong Kong and mainland China, and to reinforce Hong Kong and CENTRAL as Asia's centre for business.
In the race, teams of executives dressed in business attire or creative costumes and running shoes navigate eight different obstacles, passing a briefcase 'baton' between each other as they race their way to the finish line. Held in the heart of Hong Kong's CBD, the race course uses CENTRAL's Grade A office buildings and interconnecting pedestrian walkways to highlight the district's value as a global business, finance and lifestyle hub. The inaugural event, held in 2006, was a huge success, raising over HK$2 million for MINDSET. Since then, approximately 5,300 business executives and families have participated in the CENTRAL Rat Race and helped raise over HK$34.03 million for this worthy cause.