When Japan’s Kaori Yoshida and Italy's Giorgio Calcaterra surged forward at 11am UTC on May 8 at the same time as 130,732 runners of all abilities across 34 official locations, little did they know they would smash records, set new benchmarks and lay down the challenge for future elite athletes at the Wings for Life World Run.
And then there were the other 130,730 runners, who ran their hearts out, cheered, smiled and partied their way to their own goals, which were celebrated by 34 Catcher Car drivers honking and high-fiving worldwide.
Right now, 130,732 pairs of running shoes are sitting by doors, 130,732 kits are drying out on the washing line and 130,732 faces are about to light up in smiles.
Registration is already open for May 7, 2017 -- the sooner you get registered, the lower your race number. Go on, you know you want to!
Matjaz Klemencic, Slovenia
Matej Markovič Slovenia
Kenny Belaey, Ieper, Belgium
Melina Magulas, Norway
Natalie Hilton, participant 2015
On May 7, 2017, 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.