The eighth edition of the Wings for Life World Run global charity event has been confirmed for Sunday, May 9th, 2021.
“We are excited to confirm the 2021 Wings for Life World Run,” said Colin Jackson, former Olympic gold medalist in the 110m hurdles for Great Britain. “Thanks to our app, we are completely independent of the latest developments. We have software that we have been continuously developing for five years. So a virtual run is nothing new for us. “
Since 2015 it has been possible to take part in the Wings for Life World Run with an app. In addition to live tracking or measuring distances to the catcher car, there are also functions for sharing social media and an audio experience that provides information, entertainment and motivation to participants in real time. In addition to the app run, there is the opportunity to take part in 12 flagship runs that will be distributed around the world next year.
Since 2014, the Wings for Life World Run community has come together every May for those who are less fortunate than them. The participation fees for the event support the Wings for Life Foundation in its goal of making spinal cord injuries curable. The movement grew from year to year. So far, a total of 700,000 participants from 195 nations have registered for the races. You ran a total of 7 million kilometers and raised almost 30 million euros for Wings for Life. “The support we’re getting is just phenomenal. The Wings for Life World Run is an important event for our foundation. In times of isolation, we look forward to bringing people all over the world back together in 2021 to work together for a good cause, ”says Anita Gerhardter, CEO of the Wings for Life Foundation.
At the Wings for Life World Run, all runners and wheelchair users start at exactly the same time at 11 a.m. UTC. In Berlin the run starts at 1 p.m., in Tokyo at 10 p.m. and in New York at 7 a.m. Another unique aspect of the event – you run for as long as possible. And not in the direction of a predetermined finish line. How does this work? 30 minutes after the starting weapon has been fired, a catcher car moves and chases the participants. It gradually picks up pace, catching one contestant at a time until the winner is left alone. For those caught by the catcher car, the race is then successfully completed. In 2020, the world winner was able to run a total of 69.92 kilometers or 4 hours and 12 minutes before he was caught.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to run 5 kilometers, 10 kilometers, a half marathon, a marathon or even further: Many runners and wheelchair users reach new heights thanks to the special format. Many end up achieving personal bests, but that’s not the most important thing: everyone finishes the Wings for Life World Run. And the starting field is more colorful than at almost any other run. It ranges from world-class athletes to beginners, from 18-year-olds to 80-year-olds, from runners to wheelchair users: they are all together on the track for a good cause. This aspect could motivate such a large number of attendees to take part with such joy year after year – along with the fact that 100% of all entry fees are dedicated to spinal cord research.
Register now for the Wings for Life World Run on May 9, 2021 at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com
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