Race for Oceans going global

Race for Ocean

From being a Danish project, the Race for Ocean is now going global. And with our support. Scaling the Race for Ocean concept is in a close cooperation with UNLEASH and the BESTSELLER Foundation. Elvstrøm Sails and X-Yachts are among the Danish supporters.


Race for Oceans Foundation and UNLEASH made a strategic partnership in the beginning of the year. The partnership focus on scaling Race for Oceans to a global concept, and is supported by BESTSELLER Foundation. We are now very happy to announce that Race for Oceans will be held in almost 40 countries and regions, spread over 6 continents during the next months.

Race for Oceans was established in Denmark by Signe Simonsen, and targets everyone with passion for oceans. The concept supports SDG 14 – Life below water and combines sports, beach clean-up and knowledge-sharing. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the increasing plastic pollution in the oceans around us. The initiative has been conducted with great success in Denmark in 2019, 2020 and 2021, where a sports relay moved a baton along a 444k route from Sylt in Germany to Skagen in Denmark along the Danish Westcoast.

“It is fantastic that Race for Oceans and UNLEASH are embarking on a collaboration to globalize Race for Oceans,” says Kristian Kampmann, who leads the UNLEASH Secretariat. He continues: “With this initiative, the two organizations will work together to build each other up. Race for Oceans brings a strong concept that has been successfully tested in Denmark and UNLEASH represents a huge and dedicated global community of young talents. Together, we will be able to conduct Race for Oceans relays all around the world.”

“Today, we begin a really exciting journey. For us, UNLEASH is the perfect match for a global scaling of Race for Oceans. UNLEASH can with their unique background and a strong community engagement of diverse young talented people test the Race for Oceans concept in several countries. The increasing plastic pollution in the oceans is a global challenge and therefore it calls for a global focus and solutions. Our common goal with this unique initiative is to create a “wave of awareness”, that will move the heart of UN HQ in New York”, Signe Simonsen says.

“There is a need for a circular and more efficient use of resources and materials and especially waste and waste handling has a great potential to actually create value. For this reason, we have waste on the agenda at BESTSELLER Foundation and we are therefore also proud to take part, and very happy to help the Race for Oceans initiative in becoming a global event”, says Jannek Hagen, Managing Director of BESTSELLER Foundation. He continues: “The waste challenge, not least in streams, rivers and oceans is a global challenge that requires an ambitious global effort. We are therefore thrilled to partner in this ambitious initiative, with the hope and expectation that this leads to global awareness that again leads to global action. We look very much forward to the cooperation with the passionate people of Race for Oceans and the talents of the UNLEASH network”.

To support the globalization are also four of the danish Race for Oceans partners, BMW Denmark, Sol & Strand Ferieudlejning A/S, Elvstrøm Sails A/S and X-Yachts.

Press - Race for Oceans Foundation:

Signe Simonsen
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Press - UNLEASH:

Jennifer Pham
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