Wings For Life World Run 2018, Mumbai organized app run

934,484km covered for charity at fifth Wings for Life World Run

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More than 300 Indians participated in the 2018 edition of the annual race that helps fund research for spinal cord injuries.

Over 100,000 registered runners and wheelchair participants at more than 200 locations across 66 countries covered 934,484 km globally as part of the Wings for Life World Run charity event to raise funds for spinal cord injury research.

The fifth annual Wings for Life World Run was held on 6th May 2018 and saw Swedish wheelchair athlete Aron Anderson and Portuguese runner Vera Nunes crowned as global champions.

The Wings for Life World Run kicks off simultaneously in numerous locations and via an app across the world, all starting at the same time, whether day or night. Everyone runs for one common goal — to raise money for the Wings for Life Foundation to aid research on spinal cord injuries. The unique format of the race sees all competitors finish the race as the Catcher Car is the moving finish line that has a delayed start and catches up with each competitor.

Images from the organized app run in Mumbai:

India runs for those who can’t

At the organized app run in Mumbai, participants ran the streets in and around Whistling Woods International Institute, Mumbai, until the virtual Catcher Car drew an end to their race.

The participants at the organized app run in Mumbai included bouldering athlete Tuhin Satarkar, Neymar Jr’s Five National Champions Joga Bonito and seasoned marathon runner Parwinder Singh.

Belgian national John Jeanquart registered 19.75 kms to emerge as the male race winner in Mumbai while Indian national Lizelle D’Souza ran 10.55km to win the women’s category before the finish line caught her.

The race began at 4:30 pm Indian Standard Time, and had more than 300 participants running via the app across 11 Indian cities. India raised 6600 Euros (more than Rs 5.28 lakhs) for the Wings for Life Foundation.

Participants at the app run in Kolkata
Participants at the app run in Kolkata

A big step to help cure spinal cord injuries

With the unique concept of the Catcher Car, everyone can take part in the Wings for Life World Run regardless of fitness level. The 2018 edition of the run brought the all-time participation total to more than half a million in five editions.

Among those supporting or taking part this year were sports celebrities like Formula One legend Niki Lauda, Dakar Rally winner Matthias Walkner, three-time Ironman world champion Daniela Ryf and America’s Cup winner Jimmy Spithill, as well as Paralympic and Olympic champions including record-setting skier Aksel Lund Svindal, who drove the Virtual Catcher Car of the Wings for Life World Run App.

Running in Sunrise, USA, Swedish wheelchair athlete Aron Anderson earned his second consecutive global championship by covering 89.85 km in an everyday wheelchair before his race was brought to an end by the moving finish line of the Catcher Car. In Munich, Germany, Vera Nunes ran hard to capture the women’s crown with a distance of 53.78 km.

One hundred per cent of entry fees and donations raised in the Wings for Life World Run — over 3,000,000 Euros in the 2018 edition alone — goes to research funded by the non-profit Wings for Life foundation.

The sixth edition of the Wings for Life World Run is scheduled to be held on 5th May 2019.