At the foot of the Alps through the idyllic hinterland of Munich
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The Wings for Life World Run is a global running and wheelchair event, that starts worldwide at exactly the same time and only ends when the last runner is caught by the so called Catcher Car.
In 2017 the world once again runs for those who can’t. Runners in Germany will start for the third time in Munich’s Olympiapark. The starting signal goes off at exactly 1pm local time. Half an hour later, at 1.30pm local time, the Catcher Car will start chasing the runners: for those who get caught, the race is over.
Be part of it: 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 and challenge your family to run for those who can’t. The shared goal unites: 100% of all Wings for Life World Run entry fees go straight to the Wings for Life foundation. Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation with a single mission – find a cure for spinal cord injury.
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 Selfie Run app from now on you can start your personal Wings for Life World Run Selfie 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.
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, 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.
In 2017 wheelchair participants and runners again start side by side in one race. All participants start together – just like it should be! The only requirement: wheelchair participants have to start in everyday wheelchairs.
At the Wings for Life World Run 2017 in Munich a maximum of 10.000 participants can take part.
Distribution of bib numbers and runner’s bag
All participants must collect their runner’s bag personally together with their bib number. Basically, it is not possible to appoint another person with the collection. The same applies for friends and family members. To collect your starting kit it is mandatory to bring both your registration confirmation, and your bib number (all participants automatically receive an e-mail containing their bib number one week prior to the event). Please note that due to the size of this unique, global running event the bib numbers will not be distributed nominal, but following bib numbers. To ensure that all 10.000 participants receive their bib numbers in time and to avoid unnecessary waiting times, please make sure to have your registration and bib number ready while collecting your starting kit.
Main distribution for all bib numbers (with integrated chip for time keeping) and runner’s bags for all participants living in, or around Munich will take place the previous day of competition (i.e. Saturday, 6 May) from 13am to 9pm on the grounds of Olympiapark (see map bib number distribution). In the context of the bib number distribution we once again invite all participants to join our WFLWR pasta party from 5pm to 9pm and enjoy great pasta and music.
We kindly ask all participants concerned to collect their bib numbers on Saturday within the mentioned time period. Take it as a chance for a first get together with other runners and our organisation team, and enjoy some tasty pasta in a relaxed atmosphere under the Olympic tent roof.
For participants and teams not living in or around Munich who only arrive the morning before the run, bib number distribution will be open on 7 May 2017 between 8.30am and 11am. We kindly ask you to make full use of this time period in order to ensure the timely assembly of all participants in the start boxes. Please take into account possibly occurring waiting times at the bib number distribution, as well as subsequent waiting times for baggage drop-off and the time you need to reach your start position.
The start of the Wings for Life World Run is time-barred to the worldwide start time of 1pm. All 34 runs start at the same time. Thus, we have to make sure that all participants receive their documents in time to be race ready before the start. We will only achieve this, if we manage to realize the abovementioned mode of bib number distribution.
We thank you in advance for your support.
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 at “Eingang Nord Olympiastadion”.
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.
Overview Shuttle Stations:
Until kilometer 4 you’ll find yourself within the grounds of olympia park and your fastest way back to the starting area is walking (10 minutes)
Getting to Olympiapark:
The easiest way to reach Olympiapark is by subway U3 towards Moosach until Olympiazentrum (walking distance to Coubertinplatz: roughly 10 minutes). Alternatively you can take the tramline 20 or 21 until Olympiapark West, or take the city bus line 173 until Olympiazentrum.
For those travelling by car, it is best to use public parking at the “Parkharfe” (costs: 5,00 € / day). On Spiridon-Louis-Ring, located at the height of Olympiastadion Süd, is the shuttle bus drop off. From here it is a 5 min walk to Coubertinplatz (start and runner’s village).
Changing Rooms and baggage deposit:
Located next to the bib number distribution area are the changing rooms for all participants (separated by men / women). You also have the option to drop off your luggage at the nearby baggage deposit. On your bib number you will find two tags to break off from your bib number and put onto your respective luggage (NOTE: We do not take loose items like mobiles, wallets, etc. Everything has to go inside of your bag). You must collect your belongings by 7pm at the latest. For valuables no liability is assumed.
Upon your return to Olympiapark you will have the opportunity to take a shower at the facilities of Olympia stadium. They’re located on level 2 and can be accessed via level 0 (where baggage deposit and changing rooms are located). There will be signs showing the way.
You will find enough toilets at the start area, as well as in reasonable intervals on the track, usually located right next to the refreshment stations.
Tips on accommodation:
A medical team along with a team of paramedics will monitor the run and provide participants with medical care if necessary. They will be right behind the Catcher Car. Medical staff has the right to take participants who are injured or show signs of fatigue out of the race.
Along the race track runners will find the first refreshment station after 5 km. After that, there will be refreshment stations every 5 km. The sequence of refreshments will be the same at each station: Gerolsteiner mineral water, Red Bull spritzer, Red Bull Cola, bananas and xenofit sport’s nutrition. After the race participants will also be treated with ERDINGER non-alcoholic beer free of charge.
We would like to ask you to throw your used water cups and any other waste into the garbage bins provided, 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. Available from 1.30pm in the area of the bib number distribution will be special catering for those who have finished their race. Eligible for refreshments in that particular area are only participants wearing a bib number.
After the big run you surely fancy some food and drinks. Starting from 1:30pm the finish catering near the bib number distribution area will be open. Food and drinks will only be available for participants in possession of a bib number. At the finish catering you will get Gerolsteiner mineral water, Red Bull and Xenofit sports nutrition (bars). At a separate counter you will also get ERDINGER alkoholfrei. Drinks will be served in returnable beakers. These should either be returned or be thrown into the bins provided.
For organizational reasons self-catering cannot be taken along. We ask for your understanding.
There will be several vehicles operating on track on race day. In front of the runners a leading car will signal the arrival of the leading running group. The fastest female and male runners will be accompanied by cyclists. The BMW Catcher Car represents the finish line and will also be accompanied by cyclists, who will remind you to keep running on the right side of the track (Important! The Catcher Car has to overtake you on your left in order to track your time!) Please make way and let it pass. Following the Catcher Car will be more vehicles, including the medical service and the race control vehicle operated by the police.
Individual support on a bicycle or the like is not permitted. Non-observance will result in disqualification of the accompanied runner. We kindly ask for your understanding, as this measure only ensures the proper implementation of the event and prevents potentially dangerous situations that might harm other participants.
Directly next to the start will be a built-up LED screen and a stage. Here the entire running event will be broadcast live by ServusTV. Apart from images and updates from the track in Munich you will see plenty of action and interviews from all the other event locations across the world.
Make sure not to miss this and enjoy the unique atmosphere at Coubertinplatz alongside several other finishers, runners and spectators.
All participants who are under the age of 18 at the time of the event have received a liability disclaimer by e-mail in advance. We kindly ask you to show this disclaimer to your parents/ legal guardians. Please bring the filled-in and signed disclaimer with you to official registration/ bib number distribution on 7 May.
You are only allowed to officially take part in the event with a completed and signed liability disclaimer (see terms of participation, section 1.2 – terms are to be accepted during registration.)