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For those who missed out on online registrations and are still wanting to participate in this year’s Wings for Life World Run in Melbourne, we will hold on site registrations at Patterson Reserve during the following times:

  • Saturday May 6: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Sunday May 7: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

The site address is 484 Auburn Road, Hawthorn (Patterson Reserve car park). Registration fee will be $72.00. Both cash and card payment will be accepted.

With a radical concept, the Wings for Life World Run is a global race with a difference. Instead of a finish line, runners and wheelchair competitors – from beginners to elite athletes – race side by side to keep ahead of the Catcher Car.

On May 7, 2017, over 100,000 participants in 25 locations worldwide will start the Wings for Life World Run at precisely the same time - whether that’s dawn in North America, the middle of the day in Europe, or at night here in Australia. The Melbourne start time is 21:00 making for an exciting night running experience!

The Catcher Cars take off 30 minutes after the start at 15km/h and steadily increase their speed, precisely synced across the globe, until the last participants have been caught. Set yourself a distance goal with our handy Goal Calculator and see how far you can run to make spinal cord injury curable.

100% of your entry fee goes to spinal cord research.

Grab your mates, register and run as a team.

Key Information:

  • Confirmed course – Monash Freeway eastbound, start from Patterson Reserve, Hawthorn East.
  • Register before 31 March for AUD $66.00 - 100% of the registration fee goes toward Spinal Cord Research.
  • Registration fee increases to $71.50 from 1 April
  • Your participant race pack includes a PUMA Wings For Life World Run 2017 event T-shirt (RRP $45.00) and a Neo headlamp from Led Lenser (RRP$50.00). Both items must be worn for safety during the event.
  • Your race pack also includes a lightweight reflective safety sash (designed for night running). This must be worn by all participants on course.
  • All participants must collect their race packs on event day at the event site: Sunday 7 May, between 12noon - 7pm, Patterson Reserve, 484 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, VIC, 3122. 
  • New for this year is the opportunity to buy a personalised WFLWR T-shirt here.


The Event Hub will be located at Patterson Reserve 484 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, VIC, 3122.

The Event Hub will feature race check-in, bib and event kit collection, food & beverage stalls, bag drop, first aid, sponsor expo stalls, music, lighting, entertainment and amenities. It will also feature a big screen to watch the global live stream.

The Event Hub is a short 5 minutes’ walk to the Start Line that will be clearly signposted. The Event Hub will be on bitumen and will provide good access for all participants. 

Note the closest ATM to the Event Hub is at 7Eleven, corner Toorak Rd and Auburn Rd, a 3-minute walk from the Event Hub.


12pm – 7pm Sunday 7th May 2017
Held at the Event Hub site at Patterson Reserve, 484 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, VIC, 3122.

  • Each participant will be assigned a bib number, emailed to you on or around 4 May 2017. Race bibs have a unique RFD chip built in, this will measure your distance from the start line to where the Catcher Car passes you.
  • Print this email or write this bib number down so our staff and volunteers can find your bib easily at the bib collection tent.
  • Once you arrive at the Event Hub, you’ll see bib collection marquees with bib numbers, line up in the queue that represents your number bracket i.e 40000 – 50000.
  • Participants can collect bibs and event kits for other registered entrants. Simply show our staff and volunteers an email, letter, text, Facebook message (anything in writing) that confirms the participant authorizes you to collect on their behalf. You’ll need to know each participant’s full name and bib number.
  • Avoid arriving at peak time of 6pm – 7pm to collect your bib and event kit. This will be the busiest time and you’ll expect to wait in queue for a long time!
  • Every participant must sign an entry waiver. This will be emailed to each participant on event week.
  • CLICK HERE to download your waiver.
  • Present the signed waiver at the Bib collection tent to staff and volunteers. No waiver / No bib.
  • All participants must attach their bib to the front of their event t-shirt provided, safety pins come with each bib. Wheelchair participants will receive a bib to attach to their chair handle.
  • You can keep your bib after the event. 

100% of the registration fees go straight into spinal cord injury research. As such, bibs and event kits cannot be posted out to participants.


Wings for Life World Run Melbourne 2017 participants will receive an awesome event kit bag including: 

  • Puma official #safetyyellow technical event t-shirt
  • Led Lenser NEO headlamp – keeping all participants safe and illuminated on the course. (Be sure to turn on both front and rear lights)
  • Reflective sash, designed to keep you safe while running at night.

Once you collect your event bib you will pass the event kit marquee and grab your kit (with the T-shirt size you nominated at registration)

As with the bib, you can collect for other participants if you have their consent.
All participants must wear their event t-shirt, headlamp and reflective sash at all times on course.


Clothing storage is available during the event at Patterson Reserve Event Hub, in the designated bag drop marquee. Your race number features a tear-off strip for you to attach to your backpack or event kit bag. Do not leave any valuables in your bags as we cannot accept responsibility for valuables lost or stolen. Bag Drop will open from 5pm


Free parking is available in several locations around Patterson Reserve, Auburn Road & Toorak Road in Hawthorn East.

Stockland Tooronga shopping centre has free underground car parks available on a first in, best dressed basis. This is 500m from the Event Hub at Patterson Reserve.

Other free car park locations are at University of Melbourne (Hawthorn Campus), Auburn High School, Sir Zelman Cowan Park, Kooyong train station and Tooronga train station. These locations are also on a first in, best dressed basis.

Participants are encouraged to utilise the convenient ‘drop off/pick up area’ which is located immediately outside the event hub on Auburn Road. Do not expect to park close to the Event Hub.


Public Transport is not included in your event registration ticket; please check available services on Sunday, 7 May 2017 and use the Journey Planner

Please note the event is on a Sunday night so regular services may not be available

TRAIN: The closest Train Station to the Event Hub is Tooronga Station and Kooyong Station, both a 15 minute walk to the Event Hub & Start Line.

TRAM: The closest station to the Event Hub is Glenferrie Road / Toorak Road, a 15-minute walk to the Event Hub & Start Line.

CLICK HERE to download the map.


Once caught by the Catcher Car, all participants will be able to board a bus back to the Event Hub. Buses will continue to loop until all participants are safely returned to the Event Hub.

We have a new bus plan for 2017, changes are as follows:

We’ll have more buses out there on the road ready to pick you up when you’ve been caught by the Catcher Car.

There will be team members allocated to each bus who will help passengers on and off each bus. At all times and for your safety, pay attention to the instructions given by the Team Members.

The buses this year will start out on the course. This means they’ll be ready at various points throughout the Monash Freeway to pick up passengers.
There will also be additional buses located on the route to assist when required with any potential back log.

We’ve also streamlined the drop off system which will allow for buses to return and re-load quicker.
There will also be additional buses located on the route to assist when required with any potential back log. We’ve been working with Vic Police and Vic Roads to make this event as safe as possible. Participants' welfare is our number one priority and the bus plan is our focus area in order to improve runner and wheelchair experience.

Please do not exit the event course as there are (reduced speed) live traffic lanes in operation left side of the course. You must either stop where you finish your run or move forward along the run course route until collected.  Under no circumstances are you to walk back along the course route, keep moving forward along the course to where the buses area parked. Do not exit the
the course on foot. 


Sunday 7 May 2017

  • 12:00pm Bib collection and event kit collection opens
  • 12:00pm Food vendors open
  • 2:00pm Red Bull feature programming on big screen
  • 3:00pm Partner activations open
  • 5:00pm Bag Drop opens
  • 7:00pm Bib collection and event kit collection closes
  • 7:00pm DJ live on stage
  • 7:40pm Official warm up on stage
  • 8:00pm MCs send waves per bib colour to the start line.
  • 8:00pm Wings for Life World Run global live stream broadcast on big screen
  • 9:00pm Global Wings for Life World Run START
  • 9:30pm Catcher Car leaves the start line at 15KM per hour
  • 10:30pm Catcher Car increases speed to 16KM per hour
  • 11:30pm Catcher Car increases speed to 17KM per hour
  • 12:30am Catcher Car increases speed to 20KM per hour
  • 2:30am Catcher Car increases speed to 35KM per hour


For safety reasons, all participants must wear the official Wings for Life World Run t-shirt, Led Lenser headlamp provided, and the reflective safety sash in the event kit. You can wear this t-shirt over a skins / jacket or similar warm layer of course.

As our Wings for Life World Run is a 9pm start in Melbourne, we suggest warm running clothing. Make use of the bag drop facility in the Event Hub, to store your warmer layers for your return. Wear your club colours during the day and at the official pre-event warm up if you like.

Wings for Life World Run is for everyone! Some of the best running costumes we’ve seen include bananas, monkeys…make it fun and help us to find a cure for spinal cord injury


The event will generally go ahead rain or moonlight. In case of extreme weather, organisers will decide if it is safe for the event to continue. Participants’ safety is our number one priority.

Please note: If the event is cancelled, entries are non-refundable.


First aid support will be available – there will be a medical team at the Event Hub. If you need assistance during the race, please speak to volunteers or medical staff who will be placed along the route at every second refuelling station (approx. every 10km). A medical team will also be following behind the Catcher Car.


Will be located at the ‘INFORMATION’ tent on Patterson Reserve, this also the best place to set up a ‘meeting point’ with your friends and family after the run.


Stations will be located on runners’ right-hand side, at approximately every 5KM along the course.

These refuelling stations will have water, Red Bull, 50/50 (Red Bull/water), bananas, toilets and are manned with staff and volunteers.

At every second station, approximately every10KM, there will be First Aid support available on top of the above mentioned items.

Please note we do not allow individual support for food or beverages from friends, family or coaches outside the course.

There is no nutrition at any stations, you may bring and run with your own if you like.

Please make sure you place all cups and rubbish in the bins provided. Those that litter outside of signed Refreshment Station areas will be disqualified.


Important: There are two (2) Catcher Cars starting at 9.30pm from the Start Line. Due to the global nature of the event all the tracking/timing is synced.

The Catcher Cars must be able to pass all participants WITHOUT slowing down.

It is extremely important for everyone to be aware of their surroundings and run on the RIGHT side of the course/lane.

There will be volunteers and cyclists alerting all participants of the Catcher Car approaching. When alerted, please move to the RIGHT, so there is enough space for the car to pass you safely. Do not step off course or outside the marked perimeter – the course is designed to accommodate the Catcher Car and participants. When the freeway is reduced to only two lanes, you will be required to, where possible, run in single file, using the continuous white line as your guide.  This will allow all other operations to continue safely while not interfering with your run.  If you do not move over, you will risk disqualification.

Please be alert and listen to all instructions.

Please do not wear headphones.

Your safety is of paramount importance.  If you do not follow the safety requirements for this run course, you may expose yourself, your fellow participants or the staff there to assist to an unacceptable safety risk.  A breach of the safety rules may result in the entire race being cancelled without notice. Do not leave the course at any stage. Buses will collect you once you’re passed by the Catcher Car.


Spectators are very welcome at this event.  There will be a big screen at the Event Hub at Patterson Reserve, where spectators and returning participants will be able to watch the global live stream of the race. At no stage are spectators permitted on the run course at any location.


  • NO pushchairs or prams of any kind are allowed in the race. Non-race wheelchairs are fine.
  • NO pets are allowed
  • NO headphones are allowed in the race on course
  • At the Start Line you must run forward and pass the Catcher Cars, located at the start line near the Start Arch, to activate your race bib
  • Please keep to your RIGHT - the Catcher Car will pass you on your left as it approaches
  • Pay attention to all briefings and instructions provided to you by race officials to ensure you are safe at all times
Wheelchair Detailed Info

Be prepared

14°C Average temp
70% Humidity
10% Chance of rain

Averages for Melbourne
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