A global campaign for plastic-free oceans Race for Oceans


In 2021, UNLEASH is partnering with Race for Oceans Foundation and the Bestseller Foundation to launch a global campaign for SDG 14: Life in the Oceans. Champions receive training and a stipend for community leadership, and create a meaningful impact for oceans in their local community!

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Partnering on a pressing global challenge

Race for Oceans and UNLEASH have partnered with Bestseller Foundation to unlock the power of the global UNLEASH 4,000-member community to address SDG 14: Life Below Water. By globalizing Race for Oceans, we can bring more awareness and power to drive change and collective action on the challenge of ocean plastic.

The Race for Oceans Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness about SDG 14 by engaging the local community in a fun, informational and inclusive manner.


Launching Race for Oceans globally

The Race for Oceans concept combines sports, beach clean-up and knowledge-sharing. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the increasing plastic pollution in the waters around us. In 2021, we invited champions from all over the world to organize one-day Race for Oceans events in their own communities to raise local awareness about an urgent challenge and highlight the power of collective action!

The selected champions are invited to participate in free-of-cost online training that will equip them to become community leaders and partner with relevant environmental organizations. UNLEASH will provide event planning support as well as a stipend of up to USD 250 to cover event expenses to ensure that each event receives the support needed to make a meaningful and long-lasting difference.


Become a global champion!

Everyone, regardless of age, nationality, experience, and residence can become a Race for Oceans champion! Members of the UNLEASH Community are especially encouraged, but everyone is welcome to join in. All you need is passion to fight for plastic-free oceans and availability to participate in the training sessions

Champions are featured on UNLEASH’s and Race for Oceans’ social media channels, they meet inspiring organizations, become part of a global network of changemakers, receive an official certificate of leadership, and preferential status for other UNLEASH programs (with airfare and accommodation fully covered)!

Howcan I become a champion?

Applications for Race for Oceans 2021 are now closed.  Follow UNLEASH on all our social media platforms to stay updated with information on calls for next year’s Champions, and for information on Race for Oceans events. You are welcome to participate in an event near you as a volunteer!

Write to us at [email protected] ! We will respond to all inquiries as soon as we can.