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Running in the heart of Switzerland

What is the Wings for Life World Run?

2017 will see the fourth edition of the Wings for Life World Run. The motto is the same as before: We run for those who can’t. It’s not a matter of fitness at all. From absolute beginner to competitive runner, from wheel chair athlete to power walker: Anyone is invited to be part of the run.

The goal of the event is to raise money for the Wings for Life foundation who expedites spinal cord research. One hundred percent of all entry fees go towards projects that all have one common aim: One day, there has to be a cure for spinal paralysis.

Register and Accreditation

The registration is possible at the accreditation booth. You will receive your bib number at the accreditation booth at Sportstrasse 91, 4600 Olten. The office is open as follows:

  • 6 May from 5 pm to 8 pm
  • 7 May from 8 am to 11.00 am

 Please bring printed and signed: Disclaimer


By train

SBB offers 50% discount to all participants on the ticket price. Those who have a “Halbtax” even benefit from 75% discount. The 1st and 2nd class special tickets are available here:

The special ticket must be purchased in advance. On the return trip, the special ticket is valid solely with the Wings for Life World Run bib number. For further information, click here Have a relaxed, comfortable and eco-friendly journey to the Wings for Life World Run. 

By car

There are no parking facilities in proximity of the starting line. There is an official parking area (Olten Süd/West) that is signalized at the bypass Olten and can only be reached via this bypass. The walking distance from the parking area to the starting line is approximately 10 minutes. The parking fee is CHF 10.- (keep the exact amount on hand).

By foot

There is a 15-minute walk from Olten train station to the Stadthalle (approx. 1.5 km, the road is signposted).


At 1 pm, all participants around the world will start the Wings for Life World Run.

The allocations of the blocks are listed in our recommendations. Everybody is allowed to change his or her block in order to run with friends/family.

Arrows mark every single change of direction. As long as there are no arrows, keep running straight on. Every kilometre is marked.

Every approx. 5 kilometres, there is a bus stop from where shuttle buses drive back to Olten. If the Catcher Car passes a participant between kilometre 8.5 and 14, he/she has to walk back to the Stadthalle.

Medical Assistance

Paramedics are positioned both along the route and in proximity of the starting line.

Catcher Car

The Catcher Car takes off 30 minutes after the participants. At 1.30 pm, the mobile finish line will set off – the comedy duo “Edelmais” will be driving the car.

Finish Line

If the Catcher Car, acting as mobile finish line, passes you, the run is over. In this case, you just walk to the next bus stop. Approx. every 5 kilometres you will find a bus stop where shuttle buses will bring you back to the Stadthalle Olten. If the Catcher Car passes you between kilometre 8.5 and 14, you will have to walk back to the Stadthalle.


Until when can I register?

4 May 2017, 1 pm

Can I register at the event?

Yes, at the booth where the bib numbers are distributed.

Entry fees

  • May 8th 2016 – December 31st 2016: 45.- CHF
  • January 1st 2016 – March 31st 2017: 55.- CHF
  • April 1st 2017 – registration deadline: 65.- CHF


These entry fees include VAT. The revenues from the entry fees go entirely into the Wings for Life fund. 


All participants have to be at least 16 years of age. Wheel chair athletes and runners start side by side in the same race. Sole provision: Wheel chair athletes have to use their everyday wheelchairs for the race.

Important note to everybody: It is not allowed to wear earphones during the run because runners thus risk not hearing the catcher car approach.

Participant disclaimer

Here is how the Wings for Life World Run works

Wheelchair Detailed Info

Be prepared

13°C Average temp
73% Humidity
20% Chance of rain

Averages for Olten
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