World’s Only Synchronized Global Run Shines Light on Spinal Cord Injury Research
(Sunrise, Fla. & Santa Clarita, Calif.) - In the only worldwide race where the finish line catches you, the Wings for Life World Run is confirmed for May 7, 2017 as participants everywhere unite to find a cure for spinal cord injury. In the USA, two heritage locations are back for a fourth consecutive year – Sunrise, Fla. and Santa Clarita, Calif. – and registration is now open at wingsforlifeworldrun.com.
Instead of a traditional finish line, this global charity event - produced by Red Bull in partnership with the Wings for Life Foundation - has introduced the idea of a ‘Catcher Car,’ an innovative moving finish line that takes off 30 minutes after the start at every race location and steadily increases its speed until it passes all the participants.
This ambitious global movement has now raised more than $16 million across three years, with 100% of all entry fees and donations directed to spinal cord injury research. The 2016 event saw a record 130,732 participants across 34 locations, 33 countries and 12 time zones raise a staggering $7.5 million for Wings for Life’s single goal. There is an early bird special of $30 for those who register before Jan. 1, 2017 for the next edition ($50 afterwards).
The Wings for Life World Run is a milestone on the sporting calendar for runners at every level, from beginners, to dedicated athletes, to competitors in everyday wheelchairs. Participants throughout the country last year included football legend Randy Moss, skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn, former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, and many others.
"It’s a run like no other…you have to go till the car passes you," said Eric LeGrand, a former college football player who was paralyzed in a 2010 game. "We’re raising money to find a cure to get us all out of these wheelchairs and I’m proud to be a part of it."
In 2016 Italian ultra-marathoner Giorgio Calcattera set a new run record covering a whopping 54.95 miles before being overtaken by the Catcher Car to capture the men’s global title. In the female division, it was Japan’s Kaori Yoshida who ran 40.83 miles to take the women’s global title. In the USA, Santa Clarita, Calif. runners Samuel Bradbury (37.78 miles) and Maibritt Daugaard (30.73 miles), and Sunrise, Fla., runners Simon Munyutu (38.24 miles) and Nathalie Vasseur (33.88 miles) were the last males and females running before being caught.
About Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation
Worldwide, millions of people are dependent on a wheelchair after having sustained a spinal cord injury, most often as the result of a traffic accident or a fall. Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation with a single mission to find a cure for spinal cord injury. Since 2004, Wings for Life has funded life-changing research projects and clinical trials around the globe. While the cure is still to be found, steady progress has been made. One hundred percent of the Wings for Life World Run entry fees and funds of this global running event will help work toward Wings for Life’s ultimate goal. Every step taken at the Wings for Life World Run is a step in the right direction – www.wingsforlife.com
About the Wings for Life World Run
The Wings for Life World Run was launched in 2014 to benefit the not-for-profit Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injury. Presented with the support of main partners Puma, BF Goodrich and Garmin, the Wings for Life World Run has pioneered the concept of a synchronized race where participants of all levels, all across the globe, run simultaneously, no matter the hour or the weather in their location. The event has also introduced the Catcher Car format, in which the finish line – a vehicle that gives the runners a head start – chases the field at a predetermined pace. Only at the point of being overtaken is a runner’s race over, and the individual man and woman last to be caught are declared Global Champions – www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com.