Wings for Life World Run 2014: 35 Races, 1 Cause

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On May 4, 2014, thousands of runners worldwide will all simultaneously run for a good cause.

Six continents will host 35 simultaneous races as part of the ‘Wings for Life World Run’ on May 4, 2014. Runners around the globe will participate together in support of bringing awareness to spinal cord injury and to fund research for finding a cure. California, Colorado, and Florida will represent the United States as one of 30 other countries in the global event.

Unlike any other competition before it, this global race has no fixed distance or finish line and every runner around the world, from part-time joggers to top professional runners, will start at the exact same time.

Thousands of runners will set off on May 4, 2014 at 10 AM UTC (6 AM ET/3 AM PT) along routes in varying daylight conditions. While it will be early morning in the three USA locations -- Santa Clarita, CA; Sunrise, FL; and Denver, CO -- competitors in Germany will set off at midday while those in Taiwan will start at 6 PM local time.

Unique Racing Format
With no set distance or finish line, participants are pursued by a moving finish line known as the ‘catcher car.’ Thirty minutes following the start of the race, catcher cars globally will begin advancing through the racecourse at a set speed. A participant’s race ends once the catcher car overtakes the individual runner.

Results will be based on distance rather than time. The male and female runners in each race who cover the most distance before being overtaken by the catcher car will be crowned as local champions. The final male and female runners across the world will be the global champions.

Endurance runners get ready for Wings for Life World Run 2013.
Wings for Life World Run 2014: Ready, set, go...© Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool

Among those taking part will be ski racing champion Lindsey Vonn, windsurfing icon Robby Naish, ex-Formula One driver David Coulthard, world class ultrarunner Karl Meltzer, and many other sporting heroes who have all volunteered as event ambassadors.

“The Wings for Life World Run is a fantastic initiative and as many people as possible should get involved, running around the world, all at the same time,” says surfer Robbie Naish. “I am motivated by the fact that 100-percent of race entry fees go to Wings for Life, a foundation which funds research into finding a cure for spinal cord injury.”

Three Locations
The United States will host three races in the following cities:

Denver, Colorado - Begins at 4 a.m. Mountain Time in downtown Denver for mile-high running.

Sunrise, Florida - Begins at 6 a.m. Eastern Time at the BB&T Center and winds through the Florida Everglades.

Santa Clarita, California - Begins at 3 a.m. Pacific Time on Magic Mountain Parkway near the Six Flags theme park of the same name.

Registration is Open
Those wanting to take part on May 4, 2014 have until midnight (UTC) on Sunday, April 20, 2014 to register for one of the runs via However, space is limited so interested entrants should register soon.

There is a division for wheel chair participants who will begin racing one hour prior to the Wings for Life World Run, with male and female winners in each city. The chase car will begin pursuit 15 minutes after the participants and will travel at 25 mph.

As the official global producer of the Wings for Life World Run, Red Bull ensures all money collected by the runs will go directly to the Wings for Life foundation.

By running you will not only be part of a truly revolutionary global sporting event, but you will join the race to find a cure for spinal cord injury.