Jimmy Spithill on Wings For Life World Run 2014

The skipper of ORACLE Team USA’s America’s Cup champions is getting ready for the race.
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By Derreck Delk

Jimmy Spithill, skipper of ORACLE Team USA, which came from behind to win a dramatic America’s Cup last year, will be running in the Wings For Life World Run on May 4 in Santa Clarita, California.

The Wings For Life World Run is a simultaneous global race dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries. In the above video, Spithill talks about getting ready for the race. -- and a personal story he has with spinal cord injury.

"There’s a guy I used to race against when I was a young kid,” said Spithill. "He had an accident jumping off the end of a dock and unfortunately broke his neck… broke his back. But he pushed himself and he went into the Paralympics and was able to medal. It’s great that 100 percent of the donations go towards spinal cord research."

The outstanding feature of the Wings For Life World Run is that the moving finish line will be pursuing the racers from behind instead of the racers running towards a set finish line. Exactly 30 minutes after the runners set off at some of the most spectacular locations around the world, official 'Catcher Cars' will set off behind the packs in pursuit of the runners.

When a Catcher Car passes a runner, their race is over. The last man and last woman running will be declared the winners.

Globally, there are 34 races in 32 countries – on six continents. Along with Santa Clarita, there are two other U.S. races taking place -- Denver and Sunrise, Florida.

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

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