Team Building Activity: Sack Race

The Sack Race is one of the most enjoyable challenges that are common in Family Days and Fiestas all over the Philippines.

Sack race is often used to help build camaraderie and team spirit and has been highlighted in activities as early as grade-school and carries on with adults as old as 60 years old as long as they are fit enough to undergo the rigors of the activity.
sack race team building activity
Sack race


A big empty sack.

Number of participants:

10-30 Participants (could be more)


Move to and fro from Point A and Point B while inside a sack.


  1. Participants are divided into teams and are as much as possible evenly distributed. However, in times when there are lacking teammates, they have the option to send the same member back into the race once. Safety is emphasized.
  2. All teams line up at a Point A facing a Point B.
  3. Only one empty sack per team is placed in front each team.
  4. When the facilitator gives the signal to begin the race, the first person goes into the sack and hops towards point B and goes back to Point A and lets the next person go through the same process.
  5. If within the activity the participant falls off or gets out of the sack that person has to make the trip again.
  6. The first group whose entire team has made the trip to and from Point B wins.
  7. However, the entire activity only ends when all teams have finished their respective trips.

The sack race can be done for the pure fun of it or can also be used as a stimulus for team discussion. To stimulate team learning, you may ask these sample questions after the activity:

  1. What was going through your mind as you were completing the challenge?
  2. What strategies did you use to complete the challenge?
  3. How did you feel as you were crossing the field alone while your teammates were watching.
  4. How did you feel when your team finished the race?

I hope this short guide has helped you bring out the best in your teambuilding activities.

  • The instructions for this activity was recreated by the Learning and Development Division of the Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network . Led by Philipp Chen Tan, other members of the division are Kevin Johnrey Sosas, Paulo Frangelyco Magallon, and Marc Julius Rizada.
  • CTFN does not claim ownership of this activity. For a list of references used to recreate activity instructions, please visit our Directory of Activities page.

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