What is Wings For Life World Run 2014?

This new type of event is the world's first global run contested simultaneously in 35 countries.
By Scott Hart

This is no ordinary endurance race. Never before seen or undertaken in either running or any other sport, the Wings for Life World Run 2014 is a truly global adventure, encompassing up to 40 race tracks worldwide: Everyone runs at the very same time all over the world. 100% of all entry fees from the event will go to Wings for Life, which funds research into curing spinal cord injury. The run will unite athletes around the world, in one race running for those who can’t.

Simultaneously Running: One Global Run for All Abilities
The Wings For Life World Run is the first running race in which the entire World can race together, simultaneously. This unique race format means that on May 4, 2014, at 10 a.m. UTC, and equivalent times across the globe, thousands of competitors will start to run up to 40 race tracks worldwide. On this day the world will run as one. The race is for runners of all levels, from first-timers and passionate amateurs to professional athletes.

Running for Those Who Can't
By running in the Wings For Life World Run you will not only be participating in a unique global sporting event but you will also be taking precious sets towards finding a cure for debilitating spinal cord injury. 100% of all entry fees from the Wings For Life World Run will go towards Wings For Life, a foundation that funds research into finding a cure for spinal cord injury: Finding a cure is a matter of when not if.

Unique Running Experience
The format of the Wings For Life World Run is a first in not only in running but also of all sporting events. Race tracks will be defined but runners will not be running a set distance, as unlike normal running races the finish line is chasing them rather than them running towards it; in short you know where you start, but you do not know your finish. This is how it works: half an hour after the start signal sounds and the first runners leave the start line official catcher cars will simultaneously set off at each race track, pursuing the runners. This pace will accelerate at determined intervals to a rigid global schedule. When the catcher car passes a runner their race is over and its time to catch the shuttle back to start area and celebrate.

Global Champions
As the race progresses the official catcher cars accelerate, eliminating competitors as they pass them, until there’s a single man and woman left running. Only they will be crowned the Global Champions of the Wings for Life World Run. Additionally, there will be location winners, as well as country winners; they will be the final male and female left on the track at each location and in each country.

To register and get more info, visit the official Wings For Life World Run 2014 site.

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