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Wings For Life World Run comes to Stockholm and Leksand in 2024

All profits go towards spinal cord research - run for those who can't on Sunday 5th of May in the app or together with us in Stockholm and Leksand. Here's all you need to know.
Written by Hanna Jonsson
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The Wings for Life World Run is a truly unique running race where runners and wheelchair participants start the race at exactly the same time, worldwide. Instead of a set finish line, competitors race against a virtual Catcher Car through the Wings For Life World Run App. This means there is no set distance or route that you have to run - you set your own goal and pace and can run from wherever you are. It’s a race for everyone: professional athletes, fun runners, wheelchair rollers, and complete beginners.
The Wings for Life World Run’s mission? To raise money for spinal cord research. 100% of donations and entry fees go to research to help find a cure for spinal cord injury.
Join the race virtually via the app and run from wherever you are or come join us at one of our app run events in Stockholm and Leksand on the 5th of May. Run starts at 13:00 on the dot so make sure to come down a little earlier.
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Best moments from the Wings for Life World Run 2023

Hundreds of thousands people worldwide raced to support cutting-edge spinal cord research. See the highlights.

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Remember, as the race is done through the Wings for Life World Run App make sure you have downloaded the app and registered ahead of the race and have a fully charged phone come race day.
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What kind of race format is it?

The Wings for Life World Run is different from other races. The race starts at the same time across the globe - at exactly 11:00 UTC. So participants in Sweden start at 13:00, in Finland at 14:00, in Florida at 7:00 and so on.
It’s all done via the Wings For Life World Run App and your result is not how FAST you run, but how FAR you run. There is no set course or distance that you have to complete. You might walk 4 km or you might run 60 km, it all depends on when the virtual Catcher Car catches up with you in the app.
Participants perform in the Wings For Life World Run App Run Event in Stockholm, Sweden on May, 7th, 2023

Participants setting off at the Wings For Life World Run in Stockholm

© Christopher Lanaway / Wings for Life World Run

Participants at the Wings for Life World Run in Hagaparken, Stockholm on May 7th 2023.

Pro athletes Jonathan Hellvig, David Åhman and Andreas Bergmark

© Chris Lanaway / Red Bull Content Pool

Participant at the Wings for Life World Run in Hagaparken, Stockholm on May 7th 2023.

All smiles putting in the miles

© Chris Lanaway / Red Bull Content Pool

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What is a virtual Catcher Car?

Think of it as a moving finish line. It begins its pursuit 30 minutes after the start of the race at a pace of 14 km/h and steadily increases its speed until the last runners have been caught. Once the car catches up with you, you’ve finished your race.
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How does the app work and where do I download it?

You take part in the event via the app whether you're by yourself or joining one of our app run events, so make sure you download it and register ahead of the race.
To join the race on May 5th, open your app in your phone before the race starts at 13:00. The app will keep track of your movements and keep you updated throughout the race on how far you’ve run and how far ahead of the Catcher Car you are. It will also tell you when you are eventually caught. Once the race is over, you will be able to see your result on the Global Result List.
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Participants at the Wings for Life World Run in Hagaparken, Stockholm on May 7th 2023.

Keeping track of the distance and the Catcher Car in the app

© Chris Lanaway / Red Bull Content Pool

Participants at the Wings For Life World Run in Hagaparken, Stockholm on the 8th of May 2022.

Participants at the Wings For Life World Run in Hagaparken, Stockholm

© Wings for Life World Run/Adrian Pehrson

Armand "Mondo" Duplantis at Hagaparken Stockholm

Armand "Mondo" Duplantis at Hagaparken Stockholm

© Wings for Life World Run/Adrian Pehrson

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I want to join the run via the app - how does it work?

The run can be done from anywhere in the world - any route, any place. You simply join in via the app.
The race starts at 13:00 on May 5th so before then make sure you've downloaded the Wings For Life World Run app, created an account and that you're ready to get moving. The app will keep track of your movements and and update you on where the catcher car is. Run, jog, walk or roll at your own pace and from your own doorstep!
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Stockholm City App run

If you want to make a fun day out it, come run with us at our app run event at Djurgården, Stockholm City. You will still race via the app but together with friends and other participants on a beautiful 4 km pre-marked route circulating the waters. The route is flat with hard pack gravel and very close to the city center. Runners, walkers and wheelchair users are welcome.
There will be Red Bull, water, snacks and food trucks available on the day. As well as good tunes and fun vibes!
Participants are seen during the Wings for Life World Run App Run in Stockholm, Sweden on May 6, 2018

Good times only in Hagaparken!

© Henrik Eliasson for Wings for Life World Run

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Leksand App run - Tobias Forsberg's event

Leksand is a brand new stop for the app run event in Sweden with space for 200 participants. The event is held in the name of Tobias Forsberg, who will be on-site to take part in the festivities. The route will take you from Hembygdsgårdarna to a beautiful water view before passing by Tegera Arena and Gropen to then circle back again. The perfect route for a calm social run, walk or roll.
Red Bull will be on site with music and products, and Leksands Knäckebröd will sell Knäckepizza - all income during the day goes straight to the Wings for Life foundation. However, there won't be an energy station on site so make sure to bring your own water bottle and potential snacks.
Remember that the race is still done via the app so make sure you've got it downloaded and ready to go on the day.
Tobias Forsberg and Filippa Norr Richloow posing for a Wings for Life World Run photoshoot in Tegera Arena in Leksand, Sweden in January 2024.

Tobias Forsberg and his wife Filippa at Tegera Arena in Leksand

© Emrik Jansson

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I’m in a wheelchair - can I join the race?

Of course. Wheelchair participants and runners start side by side along the set course in Stockholm and Leksand, or participate from somewhere else through the app. The only requirement: wheelchair participants have to start in everyday wheelchairs.
Participants at the Wings for Life World Run App Run Event in Stockholm, Sweden on May 08, 2022.

Wheelchair participants and runners start side by side

© Adrian Pehrson for Wings for Life World Run

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My app doesn't work - what do I do?

You can contact the Wings For Life World Run support through this contact form.
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Where does the money go?

In the Wings for Life World Run, we run for those who can’t! 100% of all entry fees and donations go to the not-for-profit organisation Wings for Life to help find a cure for spinal cord injury. Since 2004, Wings for Life has funded research projects and clinical studies around in globe with its aim to find a cure for spinal cord injury. A total of 43 800 000 euros have been raised over the past 10 years.

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Wings for Life World Run 2024

The world's largest running event, the Wings for Life World Run is back in 2024. Watch hundreds of thousands of people run for those who can't.

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