The chase is on when the world’s only global race with a synchronized starting line — and no traditional finish line — returns on May 8, 2016, with 100% of all entry fees and donations going directly toward finding a cure for spinal cord injury. Three North American locations are confirmed — Santa Clarita, California; Sunrise, Florida; and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada — among the 34 locations worldwide.
Because every runner will eventually be caught by the pursuing finish line (the Catcher Car), everyone from beginners to dedicated athletes to competitors in everyday wheelchairs are guaranteed to finish the race and make a difference.
It’s a run like no other; you have to go till the car passes you,” said Eric LeGrand, a former college football player who was paralyzed in a 2010 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 May 2015, more than 101,000 runners from around the world registered for this global chase race and more than $4.7 million was raised for Wings for Life’s single goal: to find 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 amassed, with 100% of all entry fees and donations directly focused on the cause.
Olympians Lindsey Vonn, Louie Vito and Mark McMorris, along with LeGrand, are just some of the ambassadors who help shine a light on spinal cord injury research. In all, there were simultaneous runs at 35 locations in 33 countries on six continents in 2015, taking place in 12 different time zones. Watch the video below to hear participants from the California and Florida runs share their experiences.
"I'm inspired by what they are trying to accomplish, which is finding a cure for spinal cord injuries," said Vonn. "This is an opportunity for everyone to be part of a global race — and run for those who can't."
People who want to participate in the California or Florida Wings for Life World Run locations can register now with an early bird special of $30 before Jan. 1, 2016 ($50 afterwards).