Frequently Asked Questions

Race Details

On May 6, 2018, at exactly 11am UTC, the Wings for Life World Run will simultaneously start all over the world. To find out what time of the day this means your local race starts, click on the website map

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!

Because each local race is so different, each has a unique way to get you back to the start area. They might use public transport or shuttle buses, or you may even find you finish near the starting area and just have a warm down wander back. However you get back, you can expect a lot of fun in the process.

The last male and female running any of the courses on the whole planet is the global champion. They will each receive a Wings for Life World Run trophy and a unique prize.  

Your race number contains a timing tag. This tag registers your result the Catcher Car passes you at the end of your race.

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 (approx. 9.3 mph)
12.30 UTC – PACE INCREASE: 16 kph (9.94 mph)
13.30 UTC – PACE INCREASE: 16 kph (10.56 mph)
14.30 UTC – PACE INCREASE: 20 kph (12.43 mph)
16.30 UTC – PACE INCREASE to 35 kph (approx. 21.65 mph) until the final participant is passed.

If you have more questions, please just get in touch with us!

Taking Part

Of course you can! Everyone can! From first-timers to seasoned runners and professional athletes.

Each location is different. Some require you to be either 16 or 18 years old to participate. Please check your local race’s website.

Unfortunately not. All runners must be above the location’s minimum legal age to race.

Yes, of course! Check the rule book for more details, but wheelchair users are actively encouraged to join in.


You’ll get a confirmation email and your name will appear on our start list.

Unfortunately not. 100% of all the registration fees go straight to spinal cord injury research projects. Even if you can’t run, you are still contributing to a great cause!


There will be a livestream at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com and spectators can follow the screened live stream at their local Wings for Life World Run venue.

About the App Run

First of all: Thanks so much for participating in the Wings for Life World Run 2018, and it’s cool that you are using the App to train for the big day.

It’s no problem to be registered for both an event and the App Run (both registrations will be shown on your profile). But please note that in this dual situation, only your event result will appear in the Global Result List.

It’s great that you want to take part in the Wings for Life World Run with your friends!

Running for those who can’t on 6 May 2018 is easy:

Just download the App, and establish a team for your friends and yourself if you wish. (This can be done within the App or on the website, and lots of participants find that identifying their group as a team makes things even more fun.) Then run in the Wings for Life World Run on 6 May 2018 on your very own track or in one of our organized App Runs.

Just contact us. We will delete the App Run registration for you. Or it’s also fine to keep it active, just in case you can be part of the movement on 6 May 2018 anyway. You don’t need to cover a big distance to make a difference; every step taken helps us in the search for a cure for spinal cord injury.

Yes! Go ahead and set up your team now on the website or within the App. Looking forward to seeing you run!

Interested? Need more information?

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