SOON: WINGS FOR LIFE WORLD RUN TAKES OFF
20 March, 2014
SOON: WINGS FOR LIFE WORLD RUN TAKES OFF
The world’s most spectacular running race ever will take place on 4 May 2014. Thousands of runners will set off on a unique race staged simultaneously on up to 37 different courses in 35 different countries on 6 continents. The Wings for Life World Run aims to raise funds for spinal cord research and will start precisely at 10am UTC at locations across the globe - meaning that runners in some countries will be running from dawn to dusk while
others will be racing from dusk to dawn.
Open to participants of all levels, shapes, sizes, abilities and ages, the outstanding feature of the first such global sporting event is that the moving finish line will be chasing the racers from behind instead of the racers running towards a set finish line. Exactly 30 minutes after the runners set off at some of the most spectacular locations around the world, official Catcher Cars will set off behind the packs in pursuit of the runners. When a Catcher Car passes a runner, their race is over. The last man and last woman running will be declared the winners.
“What is exciting about the Wings for Life World Run is that it actually has a starting line, but there is no finish line, and I think that concept is magic,” said Olympic medalist Colin Jackson of Great Britain, who is the Wings for Life World Run sports director. “A car will be chasing you down, half an hour after you started. It’s never been done before. You could be in New Zealand, you could be in South Africa, or you could be in Great Britain. The races all start at the same time.”
The world’s first and only simultaneous global endurance event includes a number of breath taking routes, some passing through deserts while others traverse some of the world’s most attractive country sides and others follow scenic coastlines.
With about 50 days left before the race, the enthusiasm is building. There is still time to sign up for the race at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com.
The deadline for applications is 20 April. The proceeds from the Wings for Life World Run will go entirely to cutting-edge research projects aimed at healing the injured spinal cord. Therefore, the race will be held under the slogan: running for those who can’t.
More than 216 top athletes from a wide range of sports and countries have already signed up to support and participate in the race. In Georgia, Irakli Machkhaneli, Georgian National rugby team Captain, Maia Azarashvili, famous Georgian sprinter, successful basketball players Zaza Pachulia, Football players Achi and Shota Arveladze, Levan Kobiashvili, Zurab Khizanishvili, rugby players Mamuka Gorgodze, Davit Zirakishvili are some of the Wings of Life World Run ambassadors and support this race. The local run is also supported by different Georgian celebrities like TV personalities Samory Balde, Nika Grigolia, Davit Katsarava and Giorgi Bakradze.
Among the world’s top athletes who will take part in the race are Formula One racers David Coulthard and Sebastian Vettel, Alpine-skiing ace Lindsey Vonn, Brazilian football player Neymar and many others.
Lindsey Vonn, Ambassador Wings for Life World Run – USA: “I think that Wings for Life is a really great charity and helps a lot of people. I mean a lot of people are affected by spinal cord injuries and it’s really cool, that they are doing something to try to change that.”
Over three million people around the world are living with a spinal cord injury. Every year, at least 130,000 more sustain a traumatic spinal cord injury - the main cause being traffic accidents. Advancement in spinal cord research is largely based on private initiatives. As a non-profit foundation, Wings for Life is dependent on donations. The foundation guarantees that 100 per cent of all donations are used for research purposes only, as all administrative costs are kindly covered.


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