Our Story

In 2004, 250 intrepid Rat Racers gathered at Edinburgh Castle for an extraordinary televised event that saw them running, biking, abseiling, kayaking and navigating all over the city on a course that was only revealed moments before they began. That was the beginning. Rat Race is now the UK's leading provider of adventure challenges, operating in 35 countries with over 500 events under our belts and nearly a million souls across our start lines.

Now we’re throwing everything we have learnt from our participation in and operation of these countless events into bringing you the kit you need to complete your own adventures. Rat Race Apparel is a collection that embraces all of our knowledge and harnesses our passion for endurance sports.
We believe adventure exists from the city centre to the mountain tops and we have tried to craft our range to suit. We know what kit is out there and we’ve tested plenty. We’re not an Elite mob of the lean and mean either - our #RatRacer development and testing team consists of plodders, racing snakes, competers and completers; and our testing ground isn’t in a lab – it’s on the streets and in the hills.

We’ve taken our kit to all of our own events and to plenty of others too. The chafe test is against real rubbing, our waterproofing has been proven in the driving rain and we’ve found ourselves sat on the side of many a chilly hill to ensure our thermal garments are toasty. We’ve used foot, bike and boat to test all of our kit to destruction. We’ve driven over stuff, pulled it apart, lived in it, blown it up and broken bones in it. If it ain’t robust, it ain’t Rat Race.

So we like it. But of course we would say that. We think it’s decent. We hope you do too. Go out there and get it on. Get ready to wear your adventure on your sleeve, Rat Race style.