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Wings for Life World Run

Date: 
10/10/2017 - 11:25

SUNRISE, FL — Registration has opened for the fifth annual Wings for Life World Run. The charity race takes place simultaneously in locations all over world and will be represented in the U.S. by Sunrise, Florida - a location that has hosted the global run since the event’s inception in 2014. Up to 300,000 people are expected to join the global movement this year by running in events like the one in Sunrise or by participating remotely via the Wings for Life World Run app to raise money and awareness to find a cure for spinal cord injury.

In the five years since the Wings for Life World Run began, runners have raised millions of dollars for spinal cord injury research with the goal of one day finding a cure. Those who participate in the U.S. and around the world on Sunday, May 6, 2018 will be running for more than their personal bests with 100% of registration fees and donations going directly to spinal cord research.

The race format is not your typical running event with a set distance, instead the Wings for Life World Run has introduced the concept 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. The presence of the car is unique to the Wings for Life World Run and often motivates runners to reach personally bests in both distance and time.

For those who can’t make it to Sunrise but would still like to participate, the Wings for Life World Run app will once again be available so that runners can donate to the cause and run in a location of their choosing. The app simulates the catcher car and allows runners to join the movement wherever they’re inspired to run on May 6.

Info: www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com.

About the 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 the single mission to find the 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 fundraising from this global running event will help work toward Wings for Life’s ultimate goal.

About the Wings for Life World Run:
On one day each year the Wings for Life World Run is held simultaneously in numerous locations and via the App across the world, everyone starting at the same time, whether day or night, and all with the same goal – to raise money for the Wings for Life Foundation. Under its unique format, participants run as far as they can until they are passed by a moving finish line, the “Catcher Car,” which chases runners along the course or virtual in the App, gradually getting faster until each participant has been caught. This moving finish line allows participants of any ability to complete the run – the slower ones are passed early while ultra-athletes go on for hours. 100% of entry fees and donations goes toward helping to find a cure for spinal cord injury; and in the four editions since it was launched in 2014, the World Run has attracted more than 435,000 people from 193 nationalities to participate in more than 58 countries across all seven continents. Altogether they have raised €20.6 million euros while covering more than 4.2 million kilometers.

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