Want to participate in the third annual Wings for Life World Run but don’t live close to one of the 34 official locations? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Runners everywhere are invited to join the world on May 8 through the Wings for Life World Run – Selfie Run app.
Participants like reigning Ironman World Champion Daniela Ryf plan to create a Selfie Run wherever they are, attempt to stay ahead of a virtual Catcher Car, and race at exactly the same time as everyone else worldwide.
While the app is free to download, Selfie Run participants have the opportunity to donate money through the app, with 100% of all donations going toward finding a cure for spinal cord injury. Over the first two years of this ambitious global endeavor, a grand total of $8.8 million has been raised.
“The great thing is that you are still part of the vast range of runners in the global event,” says Ryf, a pro triathlete, two-time Swiss Olympian and the 2015 women’s Ironman World Champion. “The announcers on the worldwide livestream report on the Selfie Runners, your social followers are with you and the virtual Catcher Car feels so real.
"I think being a Selfie Runner is going to be incredibly fun and satisfying for runners out there because you’ll not only prove to yourself what you can do, but you’ll know the money you raise will make a difference. I’m really looking forward to it."
Selfie Runners can also use the Wings for Life World Run app — available for free on iOS and Android in the App Store (search: Selfie Run) — to train for the big day and share real-time results with supporters on May 8.
Registration for Wings for Life World Run 2016 is open now, and everyone of all abilities is welcome to sign up for events in Santa Clarita, California; Sunrise, Florida; one of 32 other locations around the world, or via the Selfie Run app.