Global fundraising run Wings for Life will be held on May 9, 2021, virtually through their app. While participants will be running alone, the app connects the global field of participants and offers an integrated listening experience.
“I think it's great that the Wings for Life World Run is happening this year no matter what. This means runners already have a goal and motivation at the start of the 2021 running season, both of which are incredibly important for regular training”, said Sebastian Coe, President of World Athletics. “Running has become an important outlet for many people, especially during these challenging times. And the event also links participants virtually across all national borders. This has always been an important responsibility of sport.”
During the Wings for Life World Run, all runners and wheelchair users start at exactly the same time of 11:00 UTC. 30 minutes after the start gun, the Catcher Car gets going and starts its chase of participants. It will gradually get faster and pass participant after participant. Once passed by the Catcher Car, you have successfully completed the run. Everyone is a finisher in the Wings for Life World Run.
Since 2014, the Wings for Life World Run community has been running together every May for those who can't. Whether as part of a Flagship Run, Organized App Run, or simply individually by taking part with the App, with their entry fees, the runners and wheelchair users support the Wings for Life foundation with the goal to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.
“I’m really looking forward to this year and the Wings for Life World Run. Not only because we do good together, but also because it is incredible fun being part of the run,” said Anita Gerhardter, CEO of Wings for Life. “Covid-19 presented us with many restrictions. Fortunately, many of them are only temporary. People with spinal cord injuries, on the other hand, have to struggle with severe limitations throughout their lives. We want to change that. That’s why I’m excited about anyone joining us on May 9 and helping us to find a cure.”
So far, a total of 700,000 registered participants from 195 nations has been recorded, 4.3 million miles have been run and close to $36 million have been received by Wings for Life in the form of entry fees and donations.
Set your own personal goal, sign up for this year’s race, or find out more information at their website www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com.