Separated by distance, yet united in spirit.
On May 3, people across the globe will start simultaneously in the Wings for Life World Run, a charity run that raises funds for spinal cord injury research. Thanks to a special running App, participants can feel the thrill of being chased by a “moving finish line,” the so-called Catcher Car – all while safely distanced from others. It’s one of the few runs with global impact, if not the only one, to carry on as scheduled this spring.
In the Wings for Life World Run, participants run for those who can’t: people affected by spinal cord injury. And this year’s seventh edition of the run will be unique. On May 3, all participants will start precisely at 1 PM CEST. But they will each run on their own against a virtual Catcher Car on the Wings for Life World Run App. Separated by distance, yet united in spirit.
"We’re especially excited to offer this opportunity at a time when so many people have not been able to participate in the joy of mass running events due to the need for social distancing."
Colin Jackson, the Olympic silver medalist in hurdling who is International Sports Director of the Wings for Life World Run, says, “I have been touched by the passion of our participants for this great cause, this year more than ever. We’re especially excited to offer this opportunity at a time when so many people have not been able to participate in the joy of mass running events due to the need for social distancing. The run with the App enables everyone to participate individually.”
The Wings for Life World Run raises funds for the not-for-profit foundation Wings for Life, which has funded 211 research projects in 19 countries. Runners of all levels are welcome, and across the six editions completed so far, more than 620,000 registered participants from 193 nationalities have run, walked and rolled in over 70 countries across all seven continents, raising €26.5 million for the good cause.
With registration open until one hour before the official start time of 11:00am UTC, anyone can join the Wings for Life World Run community to run for those who can’t on May 3, 2020. The running app is available for download at the App Store and Google Play.
For more information go to wingsforlifeworldrun.com.