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The YMCA Families On Challenge - a 2+ mile journey on outdoor fields in the far away galaxy of the A.E. Finley YMCA - will be held on May, 4, 2024. 

Compete with yourself and your family as you complete more than 20 epic challenges, such as the Light Sword Duel, YOTA Swamp Training and the E-Walk, in a family-friendly environment.  Team up against the dark side and see who wins the race. 

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Everyone is encouraged to race at their own pace and have a great time.

What to Expect

Date/Time: The race will be held on May 4, 2024. Heats begin at 8 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. The race is held rain or shine.

Location: The A.E. Finley YMCA, located in Raleigh, NC, will host the challenges. With ample space for a race course, family activities and parking, this beautiful property is a perfect location for the YMCA Families On! Challenge.

Race: The adventure course is approximately 2 miles with 20 challenges. The race will be conducted in heats throughout the day and families are encouraged to make a day of it. All race finishers receive a medal.

Registration is open. 
Cost: $20 per member and $25 per non-member

Register Today

Families On! t-shirts will be available for those registered by April 17! 
We cannot guarantee that shirts will be available to individuals registered after that time.

Please note that there is a $5 per person cancellation fee.


The YMCA also needs volunteers for this event! Must be at least 14 years old. 



What if I’m not in good shape?
If you can drive carpool, cut the grass, push a buggy at the grocery store, or walk the dog, then you are in perfect shape for the YMCA Families On! Challenge. The course is self-timed. We want you to race at your pace.

Do I have to do all the challenges?
Of course not. We think you’re going to want to, but you can easily walk around any of the challenges and cheer on your family team from the other side.

What should I wear? Will I get dirty?
Let’s just say keep your pearls at home and throw on whatever you normally wear to exercise. You might get a little wet, foamy, and find some paint along the course.

Can I bring my pet?
No. We love dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs, snakes, birds, ferrets and more, but please leave them at home. 

What should I bring?

  • Change of Clothes
  • Towel (just in case)
  • Sunscreen

What if it rains?
We are going to have too much fun to let a little rain stop us! Most of our challenges are designed to be completed rain or shine. If it rains, you may want to bring a raincoat or some shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. In the event of severe and threatening weather, the race may be postponed or canceled. The logistics of planning and setting up the YMCA Families On! Challenge make refunds impossible.

What if I’m pregnant?
We suggest you participate based on the recommendations of your doctor. You can easily walk around any of the challenges and cheer on your family team from the other side.