Tighten your shoe laces and hit the tracks as the Wings for Life World Run is all set to be held on May 5 at Goa University.
Now in its sixth year, the run is held simultaneously in numerous locations and on their app, across the world, all starting at the same time, and all with the same goal – to raise money for the Wings for Life Foundation. The entry fees and donations go towards helping to find a cure for spinal cord injury. In just five years since it was launched in 2014, the World Run has attracted more than 5,00,000 people from 193 nationalities to run in more than 66 countries across all 7 continents.
The 2019 edition will feature a fresh speed concept for the event’s famed moving finish line, the Catcher Car. To make the simultaneous global run even more exciting, the catcher car speed will be increased, particularly in the critical later stages of the race. As usual, the worldwide start time will be 11 a.m. UTC (i e 4:30 p.m. IST), and the catcher car will begin pursuit 30 minutes later. This will allow runners of all levels to enjoy their head start. Subsequently, the catcher car speed will increase half-hourly, with only slight changes across the first two hours of the race, followed by significant jumps in velocity afterward. What’s more, participants names shows up on a Global Result List, too.
Alongside this anyone anywhere in the world can join the race on the Wings for Life World Run App and be chased by a virtual catcher car, at the same time as all the other runners around the globe.
In 2018, with more than 370 participants running the app runs across 11 cities – Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chandigarh, Guwahati, Goa, Ahmedabad, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai ,and Hyderabad, India raised 6600 Euros (more than 5.28 lakhs) for the spinal cord injury cure research.
Run the Wings for Life World Run by registering yourself at http://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/in/en/ and make a difference by donating directly into spinal cord research project.
The run is sponsored by Redbull India.
“My friend Daniel McCoy suffered spinal cord injuries. He’s coping well and is constantly working on getting better. I think the Wings for Life Foundation is really important because what happened to him could happen to any of us and to be able to find a cure or method to fix spinal disabilities would be a great leap forward in medical science. I loved the experience of driving the catcher car at the run few years ago as I got to see and experience the whole race from the amateur runners to the pros going at it. It was also so great to see thousands of people on the main streets running together for a cause. I race motorcycles for a living and I know that there are many people from all walks of life that have disabilities due to unfortunate circumstances and I wish that with the help of this foundation that one day I could see folks like my friends McCoy being able to fully function as human beings and regain what they lost”- CS Santosh, off road racer
“The run is nothing like any other marathon, with the finish line chasing you as opposed to you running towards it. The excitement of being a part of the unique race for a great cause was just incredible! My favourite part about being a part of the initiative is how people from across the globe compete together at the exactly same time no matter what time is in their part of the world. It’s different from other events as the event itself is different” – Ashwini Ponnappa, badminton doubles player