YMCA World Challenge 2018

Date: 06 December 2017

YMCA World Challenge 2018


This document is the launch announcement for the 2018 YMCA World Challenge.The reader is requested to share within their YMCA networks and begin planning for an event on June 2nd, 2018.

Andrew McKenzie
Executive Secretary 

Dear YMCA friends,

The YMCA World Challenge is a highlight of the year for many YMCAs and we have been asked so many times already “what is the challenge for 2018”. So this year we are giving you a few extra months’ notice so you can make sure that your World Challenge 2018 is the biggest ever!

The challenge is: together can we run the distance to every YMCA in the world?

It’s a combined journey of more than 120,000 kilometres or 75,000 miles.  Phew! Individually it’s impossible but together I think we can do it!  That’s exactly how the YMCA works. Together we achieve great things and address great challenges. Here’s a fun one for us to tackle together!


The attached Introduction Guide has all the information you need and in this link below we have already uploaded videos, posters and other resources for you to use: https://tinyurl.com/y8gfxtel

World Challenge is an important part of the global YMCA strategy and really helps build our image and impact.  This year’s event provides every YMCA the opportunity to share their great impact and our 174th birthday with their communities, while also engaging with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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We look forward to seeing your YMCAs creativity. You might even win one of the prizes as you give as many young people as possible the chance to be empowered through taking steps towards each other.

Please share this information widely so that every  YMCA can get as many runners/walkers to go as far as possible on June 2nd, 2018.

I will be pulling on my running shoes and doing some kilometres and I hope you will all join in as well.

Let’s all go run!

Warm regards,

Johan Vilhelm Eltvik,
Secretary General


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