All You Need to Know About WIngs for LIfe World Run 2017 İzmİr!

There are only a few days left until the Wings for Life World Run. Therefore, we wanted to give you some information and reminders about the race.

General Information About The Race Format

On May 7, 2017, at exactly 11am UTC, the Wings for Life World Run will simultaneously start all over the world. At 11.30am UTC, thirty minutes after the start, a Catcher Car will set off in each location. As long as you stay in front of the car, you stay in the race. When the Catcher Car passes you, your race is over.

When the Catcher Car passes you, you have finished your race. Time to celebrate!

About The Catcher Car

When they set off (30 minutes after the runners), the Catcher Cars will do 15km/h. This will increase periodically at exactly the same time all over the world.


11.30 UTC – CATCHER CAR START – PACE of 15km/hr
12.30 UTC – PACE INCREASE: 16 kph
13.30 UTC – PACE INCREASE: 17 kph
14.30 UTC – PACE INCREASE: 20 kph
16.30 UTC – PACE INCREASE to 35 kph - until the final participant is passed.


You can calculate from here where and when the Catcher Car will be and the distance you may run by entering your pace.

Start, refreshment stations and shuttle back

The race will start from İzmir Kültürpark, Lozan Gate. The direction of the race Liman, Altınyol, Karşıyaka and Menemen in order. You can check the route here.

There will be refreshment stations for runners to supply water, Red Bull and energy bars in every 5 KM.

There will be shuttle buses located next to the refreshment stations to get back to the event area after the race is over for you.

All participants should get on the buses when the race is over for them. A long part of the route is directly going through the city center. To be able to allow the traffic and make the road operations swiftly, we need your attention and precision.


İzmir Traffic Police will start to close the roads starting from 12:00. The roads will be closed starting from Kültürpark to Karşıyaka direction. Please note that it may cause a traffic jam in some parts of the city.

Start & Start Boxes

Start line will be through the Lozan Gate in Kültürpark.

There will be start boxes from 1 to 4. Please check your start number to learn your start box. Elite athletes and pros will be starting from Box 1. Race staff will give directions to you to find your start box.

Race Number and Kit Distribution

Race numbers and participant kits will be distributed between the dates and times as shown below:

May 4 - 5 - 6

Mavibahçe Shopping Mall - Wings for Life World Run Regsitration Area

May 4 between 12:00 - 19:00
May 5 between 12:00 - 20:00
May 6 between 10:00 - 20:00

On 7th May the distribution will take place in the event area between 09:00 - 12:00.

It is only possible to have your race number and participant kit by showing your identitiy card including a photo of you on it. There are no bulk collections for race numbers and kits. Everyone can only receive his/her own race number and kit.

There will be a participant bag and a PUMA race T-shirt for every participant.

Event Area

The event area in Kültürpark will be open on 7th May at 09:00 for all the runners and the public. There will be one main and one chill out stages, sponsors booths, food&beverage points and chilling areas.

There will be a ceremony after the race. There will be 2 concerts on the main stage right after the ceremony.

Changing Rooms: 

There will be 2 changing rooms for men & women in the event area.

Personal Stuff & Lockers:

Participants can leave their stuff to the locker room between 09:00 - 13:30 by showing their race numbers.

Things not to Forget While Coming to Race:

Please do not forget your ID card t be able to receive your race number.

Please pay attention to bring necessary clothes and gears according to the weather and track conditions.

Transportation to Event Area:

It is recommended to use public transportation to get to the start and event area. The road closing operation will start at 12:00.

Car Park:

You can use the underground park at Kültürpark in case you reach before 12:00. The car park is not free of charge for participants.

Medical Services:

There will be ambulances and paramedics located on the start area and track. In addition, there will be 2 ambulances following the cacher cars for emergency actions.

Health Issues:

It is highly recommended that you see a doctor before participating the race. Please leave the race in case of any health issues and ask for help from the medical staff.

Restrictions about the Organization:

Wings for Life World Run is a running event and any other gears or vehicles are not allowed on the track.

It is a sports event and any political contents are not allowed in the organization. 

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