A Bucket List Adventure Race – The Rickshaw Run

A Bucket List Adventure Race – The Rickshaw Run

Merriam-Webster defines an “adventurer” as someone who likes dangerous or exciting experiences; a person who looks for adventures! Well there is no doubt that in creating the Bucket List Project several years ago, I have sought out adventures of all types. I would spend hours scouring the internet, reading about the experiences of other “adventurers.” Many of these adventure activities and travels were typical to a person with wanderlust. However, there is one adventure that caught my eye and has totally stoked the insatiable adventurer in me, a Bucket List adventure race called The Rickshaw Run.

What is the Rickshaw Run?

The Rickshaw Run is a 14-day Bucket List adventure race that began 10 years ago by a group of crazed people who called themselves the Adventurists! With the hope of making the world less boring, they strive to create adventures where you don’t know what will happen tomorrow or if you’ll even finish the race.

I finally found the un-suspecting co-pilot I needed to join me in the January 2017 Rickshaw Run. Darcee and I will begin the race on January 2nd from Fort Kochi near the bottom of India. For the next two weeks we will race along the west coast toward Jaisalmer in a 3-wheeled Tuk Tuk (a tricycle with an engine). There will likely be many wrong turns, mechanical and mental breakdowns, mutinies and a love-hate relationship with Indian food, all while we are raising money for two charities dear to us.

We will race our highly unstable glorified tricycle, that will break down continuously. While travelling without a set of directions, we will attempt to overcome more obstacles in our path than contestants on a Japanese game show. We will battle the 1.2 billion people and 140 million vehicles in India while experiencing one crazy adventure and trying not to die!

So why on Earth am I doing this?

The short answer – Why not?

Those of you who know me, know that each year I actively tackle many of the over 200+ items in the Bucket List Project as well as try to assist others in going after their personal bucket list dreams.  It’s driven me to accomplish my dreams as well as given me the opportunity to help others!  The Rickshaw Run is helping me accomplish several of my Bucket List items:

14) Participate in 1 Adventurist Race: the Rickshaw Run

165) Learn & Play Cricket with Locals in a Foreign Country

69) Travel to the Taj Mahal, India

199) Raise thousands of dollars for charity

Now of course adventure is the name of the game when it comes to the Rickshaw Run. However, amid the insanity, it has allowed me to do something amazing before even starting the race, give back! One of the major pre-requisites of the Rickshaw Run is to raise funds for charity. Together with friends, family, and even some generous strangers, I was able to raise over $5,600 for both Angels’ Place New Orleans & Cool Earth! You can see & still donate to these great causes via our GoFundMe page at www.GoFundMe.com/EricGamble

The Rickshaw Run looks like the ultimate Bucket List Adventure Race! #RickshawRun #bucketlist Click To Tweet

Still don’t understand what we are about to do?

Still not sure what exactly this Bucket List Adventure Race will look like? Then watch this promo from the Adventurists themselves.

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49 thoughts on “A Bucket List Adventure Race – The Rickshaw Run

  1. Love the fact that you are so adventurous but like always want you to be safe so I spend quite a lot of time praying as I look at the pictures you send and share in your adventures can’t wait to see this one lots of love and prayers Te Quiero

      1. Oh boy Mrs Gamble you said it perfectly! Eric has us way outside of our “box” but love the adventures and love that Darcee is being able share in them! And love that they are shared with us, as well as our family and friends! Continual prayers accompaniedvyou and always will!

  2. Wow, that’s the first I heard of this, I love learning about different cultures and traditions. I agree why not do it, it looks like a great experience and so much fun!!

  3. I am sure that this is going to be one super fun experience & I hope these guys bring the rickshaw race to my country as well. I admire your determination. One thing I’m learning from you is that we gotta live for the experience.

  4. This sounds like a lot of fun! I’m sure everyone who’s joining will have a great time! I’ve never heard of this before.

  5. I have been in Tuk Tuks when staying in Egypt and they are definitely adventurous when riding in them. I think this is a really great way to fundraise while having fun at the same time.

  6. This is the first I’ve ever heard of the Rickshaw Run and it sounds so cool! I’m sure it’ll be extremely challenging, but I wish you the best with the race. be sure to keep everyone posted on your progress and how you finish! 🙂

  7. The video of the Rickshaw Run is pretty amazing! It was great you and your family and friends were able to raise all that money, hope that you can get the same sum or more during the race!
    Also hope to see a video of your adventure doing the run!!!
    Good luck and ENJOY!!

  8. I wonder if I got your old tuktuk! I was on a team with 6 people and 2 rickshaws on the way from Jaisalmer to Kochi in April. Wasn’t it a wild ride?
    You can read more about my trip here livetravelteach.com/travel/rickshawrun/

    I can’t wait to see more of your posts about it!

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