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Participant Information

Find all information considering registration, entry fee and everything else you need to know for taking part in the Wings for Life World Run in Vienna on 7 May 2017.

What is the Wings for Life World Run?

The Wings for Life World Run is a truly unique and global race for both runners and wheelchair participants. It starts on 7 May 2017 at exactly 1pm local time (11:00 UTC) and only ends when the last runner worldwide has been caught by the so-called Catcher Car.

Spread across 24 countries and 25 events the world runs as one for all those who can’t. The biggest of all runs globally starts in Austria. 30 minutes after the official race start, at 1:30pm, the Catcher Cars will start chasing the runners: for all those who get caught by the Catcher Car, the race is over.

Be part of it: On 7 May 2017 you can join thousands of runners worldwide at the Wings for Life World Run – the first truly global run. Step up to the challenge, nominate your friends, invite your family and run together for those who can’t, as one collective goal unites all participants: finding a cure for spinal cord injury. For that matter 100 per cent of all entry fees for the Wings for Life World Run go directly to the Wings for Life foundation – a not-for-profit foundation with a single mission: finding a cure for spinal cord injury by funding life-changing research projects and clinical trials around the globe.

Entry Fee

Registration from 30.10.16 to 04.05.2017, 1pm local time: 50 Euro.

Late registration is not possible!

Deadline for personalized bib numbers is 14 April 2017. After that date all bib numbers worldwide are assigned continuously.

Unfortunately it is not possible to refund your entry fee, in case you cannot start.

100% of all entry fees go straight into projects for spinal cord research. This way you contribute to finding a cure for spinal cord injury, even when you are not starting. Thanks to the Wings for Life World Run Run app from now on you can start your personal Wings for Life World Run wherever you are. The Wings for Life World Run app is free and simulates the Catcher Car, which will be chasing you and thousand other runners worldwide on 7 May 2017.

You see: There are plenty of excuses but not a single reason not to participate!


Everyone can participate in the Wings for Life World Run. You don’t need any experience or previous knowledge. Only one criterion must be met: In order to start on 7 May 2017 participants must be at least 16 years old. In case you are, you can join thousands of runners and wheelchair participants and start alongside them for those who cannot run.

Infants may be carried along in buggies, provided that due to hindrance participants with buggies start at the end of the last starting block.

Participant limit

At the Wings for Life World Run 2017 in Vienna a maximum of 14.000 participants can run for those who can’t.

Wheelchair participants

On on 7 May 2017 wheelchair participants and runners start side-by-side in one race. The only requirement: wheelchair participants have to start in everyday wheelchairs.



You can register online until 1pm local time on 4 May 2017. Through the following link you can register for the Wings for Life World Run in Vienna!

As soon as you have registered you receive a confirmation mail, and your name will appear on our start list under From now on you will regularly receive updates via newsletter about the Wings for Life Community and all relevant event info. 

One team, one goal – together for the good cause

The team run not only enables everyone to run together for those who can’t, with it you can also challenge others to start their own teams and run with, or against friends, colleagues and family. Thus, the team run opens the Wings for Life World Run for clubs, corporate groups, or friends willing and able to participate in a race below the half marathon or marathon distance. Join any team you like, be it private, or public. Every team can have as many members as it likes – there’s no limit to the size of a team: the more the merrier! Spread the word about the team you joined or share the invitation to a private team with everyone you would like to have at your side. Through the following link you can either create your own team, or join another one. The only basic prerequisite is that you have already registered as a participant.

Join the Team Run HERE! 

Company run – registration via voucher code

In case you want to invite runners to join your Wings for Life World Run team on 8 May in Vienna in the name of a company or club you can purchase voucher codes via invoice. Friends, club members or employees can then register for the Wings for Life World Run on 8 May in Vienna for free, just by entering their voucher code.
You can also turn a voucher into a personalized present. Find more information on vouchers and the order form via the following link:

Order vouchers HERE!

Bought vouchers can be redeemed until 4 May 2017, 1pm local time, by following this link to registration.

Feel free to contact us via:

The Wings for Life project team will also be happy to help you personally with registering a team or the registration process with voucher codes. If you register until 14 April you will receive personalized start numbers.

Arrival and parking

Arriving by train/ bus

Get the latest information on departure times by phone at +43-05-1717 or via internet at Many long-haul coaches stop at bus terminals that are often located right next to train stations.

Public transport in Vienna

Rathausplatz can be reached via the lines U2 (Rathaus, Schottentor) and U3 (Volkstheater) as well as the tram line 1, 2, 71 and D. Please note, that due to the race no tram lines are running towards Rathausplatz between 10am and 2:30pm. We recommend you use the tram lines 37, 38, and 40-44 towards Schottentor as well as 46, 49 and the bus line 48A towards Volkstheater instead and organize for an early arrival.

On event day from 8am to 8pm your bib number as well as your registration confirmation rate as ticket for the “Wiener Linien” (within Vienna city limits).



Arriving by car

From south and east: southern motorway (A2) – south eastern express way – exit belt – southern station – Prinz Eugenstraße – Karlsplatz – Opernring – Brugring – Universitätsring – Rathausplatz.

From the west: western motorway (A1) – Hietzinger Kai - Schönbrunner Straße – Schloßallee – Felberstraße – Neubaugürtel – Lerchenfelder Gürtel – Lerchenfelderstraße – Schmerlingplatz – Reichsstraße – Rathausplatz.

From the north: Donauufer motorway (A22) – traffic hub Prater – south eastern express way – exit belt – southern station – Prinz Eugenstraße – Kärntner Ring – Opernring – Burgring – Universitätsring – Rathausplatz

Due to the limited parking spaces on-site there won't be assigned parking available. You will however find plenty of public parking spaces surrounding the venue.

Arriving by plane

The International Airport Vienna Schwechat is 20 minutes to the southeast of Vienna city centre. There is however the possibility of taking the City Airport Train (CAT), that runs every half hour and connects the airport to Vienna city centre nonstop in just 16 minutes. Alternatively you can take the high-speed line S7 (travel time 30 minutes), or take a cab. The taxi stand at the airport Vienna is located in front of the arrival and departure hall.

Bib number and runner’s bag collection

To collect your bib number and Runner’s Bag it is mandatory to print out your registration confirmation and bib number email and bring it with you (email with assigned bib number will be automatically sent out to all participants a few days prior to the race). Please note, that due to organizational reasons bib number distribution at this unique event is sorted by bib number, not name. To make sure all participants get their bib numbers in time and to avoid unnecessary waiting-times, we kindly ask everyone to hold ready their registration confirmation and assigned bib number during the process.

Main distribution for all bib numbers (with integrated chip for distance measuring) and Runner’s Bags for all participants takes place on Saturday, 6 May from 1pm to 7pm inside the University Vienna, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna, in the arcades.

We kindly ask all participants to collect their bib numbers on Saturday within the mentioned time period. Use it as a chance for a first get-together with other runners and our ORGA-team.

Participants and teams arriving in the morning on race day may collect their bib numbers on Sunday, 7 May 2017, from 8am to 11am.

We kindly ask you to make full use of this period to ensure that all participants make it to their assigned starting blocks in good time. Please factor in possible waiting times during bib number collection as well as for storing your bags and making your way to the starting grid.

Site map


framework programme

Starting Saturday there will be a wide array of side events in front of the city hall.


  • 1pm Bib number distribution
  • 2pm Martin Schopf freestyle football show and unicyclist Markus Pröglhöf
  • 2:30pm Signing session and interview Thomas Morgenstern and Lukas Müller
  • 3:30pm Senad Grosic freestyle BMX show
  • 4:15pm Music cct Sittin’ Bull  


  • 8am Bib number distribution
  • 10am Start presentation
  • 11am Submission of clothing bags
  • 12pm Starting grid
  • 12:50pm Warm-up
  • 1pm Starting signal Wings for Life World Run
  • 2:30pm Martin Schopf freestyle football show and unicyclist Markus Pröglhöf
  • 3:30pm Breakdance by Rookies At Work
  • 4:30pm Senad Grosic rreestyle BMX Show
  • 7:30pm Award ceremony


For all participants there will be a free clothing bag submission from 11am to 12:30pm at Grillparzerstrasse (see map). Please be there in good time to avoid hectic rush.

You will get your clothing bag (= Wings for Life World Run Runner’s Bag) together with your starting documents. Please only use this bag and don’t put any valuables or fragile items into the clothing bag. You should keep these to yourself, or hand them over to friends and family on-site. When handing in or taking back your clothing bag, please show your bib number. No liability will be accepted, should personal items get lost. The same applies to Runner’s Bags and valuables inside the bag, should they be handed in.

Clothing bag collection takes place on 7 May from 2pm to 6pm on presentation of your bib number.

The start of the Wings for Life World Run is temporally bound to the global start time (11:00 UTC – 1pm local time in Vienna). All 25 events start at the exact same time. Therefore all participants must get their documents in time and make their way to the starting grid timely. Please help us achieve that by following the information above.


At the start all participants will be placed in accordance with their personal marathon or half marathon best times. Faster runners will start from the front part of the starting area, next to the start line. Those who don’t possess running times start from the rear part of the starting area. When entering your starting block, your bib number will be checked. Participants with buggies are only allowed to start from block 4.

Access to the starting blocks is possible from 12pm.


Marathon 3 hours 00 minutes – 3 hours 30 minutes
Half marathon 1 hours 30 minutes – 1 hours 45 minutes

Marathon 3 hours 30 minutes – 4 hours 30 minutes
Half marathon 1 hours 45 minutes – 2 hours 15 minutes

Marathon 4 hours 30 minutes – 5 hours 30 minutes
Half marathon 2 hours 15 minutes – 2 hours 45 minutes

Marathon over 5 hours 30 minutes
Half marathon over 2 hours 45 minutes
and all runners with now running times


For all runners who have set a personal goal for 7 May that they dearly want to reach, Suunto provides four pacemakers, that will perfectly pace your run for 10km, 20km, 30km, or 40km before the Catcher Car passes you. Everyone who wants to know, how far he will run before getting caught by the Catcher Car should join one of the four “Pacemaker Teams” available. The Pacemakers will be marked with a beach flag printed with the relevant distance.

Racing format

Official start time for all locations worldwide is 11am UTC on 8 May 2016 (1pm local time in Vienna). (e.g. London will start at 12pm local time, Munich at 1pm local time, Florida at 7am local time, Taiwan at 7pm local time, etc.)

All participants must follow the official, closed off route, marked by the organizer (race track). As soon as a participant is overtaken by the Catcher Car, his or her race is over. The timing device inside the Catcher Car (the same that activates the timing tag inside the bib number, at the beginning of the race) will then register time and distance of the respective participant. All result are listed by distance, NOT time.

Return transport

For return transport to Rathausplatz please use public transport. Upon your return to the event area make sure to pass by the park, where you can follow the race live via Red Bull TV.

On event day from 8am to 8pm your bib number as well as your registration confirmation rate as ticket for the “Wiener Linien” (within Vienna city limits).

At the 30.8km-mark you will find the last underground station U6 Neue Donau. At the 31.5km-mark you will find the last station of tram line 31. After that please use the shuttle service provided by the organizer to get back to the event area (first station: Sinawastingasse KM 32. Second station: Einlaufbauwerk KM 38,5.) On Danube Island mini busses from Blaguss will follow the runners, in order to get them to stop number 2 if necessary.


The bib number may not be altered and must be worn with the advertising print in full size across the chest. The bib number will be attached to your running gear with safety pins, which will be handed out to you at the bib number distribution area.

Every bib number includes a timing tag (transponder). The transponder is attached to the back of your bib number and may not be damaged or torn out. If damaged, neither registration nor participation will be possible. Bib number and transponder must not be returned.


For the first time this year all Wings for Life World Run participants will be awarded finisher medals! Please pick them up as soon as your race is over and you have returned to the starting area. You can collect your medal at the info points at Rathausplatz until 7:30pm by presenting your bib number. Please understand that the medals are only available on-site and that shipping is not possible.


Directly in front of the world famous Vienna City Hall all participants will gather in order to start their run from Ringstraße all the way through Vienna. Passing the University Vienna and the Schwedenplatz runners will make their way towards Vienna State Opera. From here runners follow the Linke Wienzeile, pass Gumpendorfer Gürtel and via Mariahilfer Straße head further towards the Ring. Passing historical buildings like the Museum of Fine Arts and Natural History, Hofburg, Parliament or Burgtheater the track runs all the way to Schwedenplatz and further past Weißgerberlände, Stadionbrücke, Lusthausstrasse, Hauptallee, Praterstern, Lasallestrasse, across the Reichsbrücke, and via Wagramerstrasse, Arbeiterstrandbadstrasse, and Rollerdamm onto Neue Donau, from where they reach Danube Island via the Steinitzsteg. After passing the Einlaufbauwerk the track takes the runners further towards Lower Austria and out of the city.

Next up for the leading group is Tulln, from where the track will start going back towards Vienna via Greifenstein and Klosterneuburg until the top runners reach the 100km-mark just after Nordbrücke.



Medical treatment on-site and along the track will be provided by the Austrian Red Cross which will be present with a team of paramedics and ambulances.

Medical staff has the right to take participants who are injured or show signs of fatigue out of the race. Emergency number: 144.


Along the race track runners will find the first refreshment station after 4.2km. After that, there will be refreshment stations every 4 to 5km. The sequence of refreshments will be the same at each station: water, electrolyte drinks, Red Bull, Red Bull Cola, Dr. Böhm magnesium, bananas and cereal bars. Starting from the 45-km-mark catering will be provided mobile by the cycle club Tulln.

We kindly ask you to throw your used water cups and any other waste into the ARA garbage bins provided after the refreshment stations, in order to allow for the quick cleaning of the race track. To ensure that all runs smoothly at the refreshment stations, we kindly ask you to help yourself at the refreshment stations and grab whatever you need yourself.

After the „great“ run you will most likely be very hungry and thirsty. All participants who have finished their run are welcome to pass by our partner village in front of the City Hall, where you will find catering facilities as well as the presentation of both the ServusTV and Red Bull TV live broadcasts, that will keep you up to date until the last runner worldwide is caught.


There is a timing tag inside every race number, which will record your final race time to the split second and millimetre, as soon as the Catcher Car has overtaken you. 

You can check your personal distance and all team results immediately after the race at

Toilets (start/ finish/ race track)

You will find enough toilets at the starting area around Rathausplatz as well as next to each refreshment station on track. At Rathausplatz you will also find 20 showers that can be used by all participants free of charge from 2pm to 7pm.


Unable to start in Vienna on 7 May 2017? No problem! Here comes the Wings for Life World Run app!

All those unable to start their Wings for Life World Run campaign on-site in Vienna can now still be part of the worldwide charity run – thanks to the Wings for Life World Run app and the virtual Catcher Car, making it possible for everyone , wherever they are, to start at the exact same time as the participants at the 25 official events! Be it at the Rathausplatz in Vienna or on their very own track, somewhere else in the world.

You can download the app here:

The Wings for Life World Run App for iPhone & iPad:
The Wings for Life World Run App for Android:

Name and address of the organizer

ecosports consulting GmbH  FN 409402m
Babenbergerstraße 22, 2345 Brunn am Gebirge, Austria

Race director/Geschäftsführer: Mag. Michael Buchleitner
Event director Elisabeth Schrenk

Wheelchair Detailed Info

Be prepared

14°C Average temp
65% Humidity
20% Chance of rain

Averages for Vienna
Global partner
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Local partner
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