The Wings for Life World Run is confirmed for May 7, 2017, as participants everywhere unite to find a cure for spinal cord injury in the only worldwide race where the finish line catches you. In the USA, two heritage locations are back for a fourth consecutive year: Sunrise, FL, and Santa Clarita, CA – Registration is open now! And there is an early bird special of $30 for those who register before Jan. 1, 2017 ($50 afterwards).
The global charity event — produced by Red Bull in partnership with the Wings for Life Foundation — has introduced the idea of a “Catcher Car,” an innovative moving finish line that takes off 30 minutes after the start at every race location and steadily increases its speed until it passes all of the participants.
This ambitious global movement has now raised more than $16 million across three years, with 100% of all entry fees and donations directed to spinal cord injury research. The 2016 event saw a record 130,732 participants across 34 locations, 33 countries and 12 time zones raise a staggering $7.5 million for Wings for Life’s single goal.
The Wings for Life World Run is a milestone on the sporting calendar for runners at every level, from beginners to dedicated athletes to competitors in everyday wheelchairs. Participants throughout the country last year included football legend Randy Moss, skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn, former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand and many others.
“It’s a run like no other; you have to go till the car passes you,” said LeGrand, who was paralyzed in a 2010 football game. “We’re raising money to find a cure to get us all out of these wheelchairs and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
In 2016 Italian ultra-marathoner Giorgio Calcattera set a new run record, covering a whopping 54.95 miles before being overtaken by the Catcher Car to earn the men’s global title. Japan’s Kaori Yoshida ran 40.83 miles to take the women’s global title. In the USA, Santa Clarita, CA, runners Samuel Bradbury (37.78 miles) and Maibritt Daugaard (30.73 miles), and Sunrise, FL, runners Simon Munyutu (38.24 miles) and Nathalie Vasseur (33.88 miles) were the last males and females running before being caught.