Can’t make it to one of the 25 race locations for the Wings for Life World Run on May 7? No problem! Organized App Runs mean you can still rub shoulders with fellow runners while raising money for spinal cord research – and you can do it anywhere in the world.
Organized App Runs are taking place in front of the pyramids in Egypt, by the Coliseum in Rome and the Acropolis of Athens. New locations are cropping up all the time as the race approaches, so check the map here for the latest news.
There are now three ways to take part when the official start gun is fired at 11.00 UTC.
For those who want to run alongside thousands of others, and enjoy the thrill of the Catcher Car coming up behind them, there are the race locations around the world.
The second option is for individuals to download the App, lace up their running shoes and start racing at exactly the same time on their own. The great thing is, you still get a virtual Catcher Car chasing you down, and your official distance is published in the Global Result List.
Now in 2017, Organized App Runs are being set up all around the globe, making it possible for people to run together anywhere in the world. Any registration fees go directly to fund spinal cord research – just as the entry fees do for all the races around the world.
Runners in Vancouver will start their Organized App Run at the Vancouver Running Company and race along the iconic city seawall to English Bay, looping back for as long as they can stay ahead of the virtual Catcher Car.
Two Canadian Wings for Life World Run ambassadors who have suffered and recovered from spinal cord injury will be running with the group, Mike Shaw and Andrew Cho – truly inspirational figures.
More than 9,000 kms away in Bucharest, the first Organized App Run in Romania will be taking place at the same time.
Hundreds of local people with a passion for running and a desire to help will take part in an event hosted by George Balta, a former rugby player who suffered spinal cord damage during a match more than 10 years ago and is now a Wings for Life World Run ambassador.
And if you prefer to run on your own with the App, why not take inspiration from some of last year’s high-profile runners?
In 2016, pro snowboarder Eero Ettala ran with the App in Svalbard, in the Arctic Ocean, while Trials rider Tom Oehler took to the mountains of Nepal.
Find out how to register here.
Learn more about the App here.