On Sunday May 8, five runners broke Wings for Life World Run records. In 2015, Lemawork Ketema came oh-so-close to the 80km mark when the Catcher Car caught him after running for 79.9km. For the last year, that 80km mark -- and 56.33km, set by Yuuko Watanabe last year -- has been the focus of many an elite runner.
Two men crashed through the 80km mark and THREE women blasted their way through Watanabe's record.
1. Global Champion Giorgio Calcaterra ran in his home country of Italy and seemed unstoppable - crashing through 80km, then 81km and kept going until he reached an astonishing 88.44 km before the Catcher Car brought his race to an end.
2. Canada's winner and global runner up, Poland's Bartosz Olszewski made running look easy for an amazing 82.42km alongside the beautiful Niagara Falls.
3. Global Champion Kaori Yoshida looked like she could have run until dawn in her native Japan. Her fantastic race came to an end when the Catcher Car overtook her after 65.71 km in Takashima.
4. Karin Freitag of Austria put up an impressive battle to the end, finishing just ahead of the third-place global runner over in Portugal. Running in Munich, Germany, Freitag finished after 59.08km.
5. Placed third in the women's race, Vera Nunes of Portugal finshed after 58.86km -- a distance that would have seen her win in 2015!
But there were two other records destroyed on Sunday, May 8. And every single runner that turned up helped raise the bar.
130, 732. Again: 130,732 people stepped up worldwide to raise an incredible €6.6 million for spinal cord research and move scientists ever closer to find the cure for spinal cord injury.
Let's keep breaking records! Registration is now open for many locations of the next Wings for Life World Run on May 7, 2017.
On May 6, 2018, you can join thousands of runners in the Wings for Life World Run, a global race a world beyond any other. Step up, nominate friends, challenge family and run for those who can’t.