May 7, 2017
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Verona, Italy, where Romeo and Juliet's love suffered one or two ups and downs. Romeo raced back from exile to the grief-stricken Juliet ... maybe he'd have gone faster if a Catcher Car had been chasing him.
Last year, Cape Town was the wettest track out there. Maybe in 2015, Table Mountain will come out to play, and runners will see Castle of Good Hope, the oldest building in South Africa build in 1679. If they have this much fun in the rain, imagine how much the South Africa runners would enjoy a drier day.
On May 3, 2015, the Wings for Life World Run will welcome Takashima, Japan into the family. Ranked as one of the best beaches in Japan and at the foot of Mt. Hira, with its 359 rice fields, this is one of the few runs with a mountain view, a sea view and a countryside view. Right nearby is the abandoned Hashima Island, where James Bond tracked down Raoul Silva, the baddie, in Skyfall.
In 2014, Silverstone hosted its 50th Formula One Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso set the fastest lap on the track in 2010. He covered the 5.89 km in 1:30.874 -- it will take someone with a pace of seven minutes per kilometre an hour and ten minutes to do the same distance. Possibly the most frustrating track for the Catcher Car driver, who has to stick to 15kph for an hour!
In Melbourne, Australia, fifteen of 2014's national winners and thousands of local runners will start at 9pm (11am UTC) and run into the night, excited by the challenge of avoiding redback spiders, copperhead snakes and running through the night. Exciting stuff! Could the Global Champion 2015 be in Melbourne? It'll be an thrilling track to follow. Oh, and by the way, Happy 180th Birthday, Melbourne, and welcome to the Wings for Life World Run.
It could easily be two degrees and snowing (or a balmy 15 degrees) in Saskatoon on May 3. Think on that if you're dealing with the sweltering heat of Dubai or India. It must make wardrobe a challenge: do you go with the leopard-print leggings or the neon ski jacket? Decisions, decisions.
Last year's Peru winner and global runner-up, trained at 3500 metres in his village of Attalla and ran in 83% humidity. That's humid. Remigio Huaman Quispe took out a loan to get to the Wings for Life World Run in May 2014 and stunned the world being beaten by a mere 90m by Ketema in Austria -- but they'll run next to each other in Austria on May 3, 2015. What a race that will be.
At over 4,600 km in length, Chile is the longest north-south country in the world, but it's only about 150km wide. Fact. Another little fact for you: Chile is one of the richest and most stable countries in South America. No wonder they're happy to run, even at night. Thumbs up for Chile!
Running arm in arm is a pretty special talent. It must be a Spanish thing: acrobatic salsa is a thing, there, but the oldest female acrobatic salsa dancer is UK-born Sarah Paddy Jones who came first in "Tu Si Que Vales" a Spanish talent show, in December 2009. The oldest participant in Wings for Life World Run 2014 was 92-year-old Michael Selinger of Austria, who managed an incredible 8.59km after registering via Facebook.
Russia is the largest country in the world, and it has a population of 143 million. One of those 143 million boasts the world's longest legs: Svetlana Pankratova (Russia) legs measure 132 cm (51.9 in). Those are some big facts for you.
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