Running in the heart of Europe: where music, culture and quality of life unite.
Vienna is known for its quality of life and with 1.700 bridges ranges among the most connecting cities of the world. Vienna's history dates back to the first century, when the Romans built their first camps in the same area, where today Vienna’s city centre impresses with malls as well as ancient walls. The participants of the Wings for Life World Run will thus not only experience the special flair of Vienna’s historical centre, which has long since been recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, they will also come to enjoy the meandering Danube and numerous tourist attractions like St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Prater.
On race day the participants of the Wings for Life World Run in Vienna will be able to run at mild temperatures around 16°C, the average temperature for May in Vienna. The average maximum temperature is at about 21°C, the average low at about 12°C. In May, Vienna has an average of 7.7 hours of sunshine per day and eight days of rain per month.
The Wings for Life World Run is a truly unique and global race for both runners and wheelchair participants. It starts on 5 May 2019 at exactly 1pm local time (11:00 UTC) and only ends when the last runner worldwide has been caught by the so-called Catcher Car.
Spread across around the globe, the world runs as one for all those who can’t. The biggest of all runs globally starts in Austria. 30 minutes after the official race start, at 1:30pm, the Catcher Cars will start chasing the runners: for all those who get caught by the Catcher Car, the race is over.
Be part of it: On 5 May 2019 you can join thousands of runners worldwide at the Wings for Life World Run – the first truly global run. Step up to the challenge, nominate your friends, invite your family and run together for those who can’t, as one collective goal unites all participants: finding a cure for spinal cord injury. For that matter 100 % of all entry fees for the Wings for Life World Run go directly to the Wings for Life foundation – a not-for-profit foundation with a single mission: finding a cure for spinal cord injury by funding life-changing research projects and clinical trials around the globe.
Registration is open until 1pm local time on May 2, 2019, provided the respective run is not sold out before that. Entry fee is EUR 50 until January 26, 2019, and is then increased by EUR 10 to EUR 60.
Deadline for personalized bib numbers is 17 March 2019. After that date all bib numbers worldwide are assigned continuously.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to refund your entry fee, in case you cannot start. 100% of all entry fees go straight into projects for spinal cord research. This way you contribute to finding a cure for spinal cord injury, even when you are not starting. Thanks to the Wings for Life World Run App from now on you can start your personal Wings for Life World Run wherever you are. The Wings for Life World Run App is free and simulates the Catcher Car, which will be chasing you and thousand other runners worldwide on 5 May 2019.
You see: There are plenty of excuses but not a single reason not to participate!
Everyone can participate in the Wings for Life World Run. You don’t need any experience or previous knowledge. Only one criterion must be met: In order to start on 5 May 2019 participants must be at least 16 years old. In case you are, you can join thousands of runners and wheelchair participants and start alongside them for those who cannot run.
Infants may be carried along in buggies, provided that due to hindrance participants with buggies start at the end of the last starting block.
At the Wings for Life World Run 2019 in Vienna a maximum of 13.500 participants can run for those who can’t.
On 5 May 2019 wheelchair participants and runners start side-by-side in one race. The only requirement: wheelchair participants have to start in everyday wheelchairs.
You can register online until 1pm local time on May 2nd 2019.
As soon as you have registered you receive a confirmation mail, and your name will appear on our start list under http://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/at/en/vienna/startlist/. From now on you will regularly receive updates via newsletter about the Wings for Life Community and all relevant event info.
One team, one goal – together for the good cause
The team run not only enables everyone to run together for those who can’t, with it you can also challenge others to start their own teams and run with, or against friends, colleagues and family. Thus, the team run opens the Wings for Life World Run for clubs, corporate groups, or friends willing and able to participate in a race below the half marathon or marathon distance. Join any team you like, be it private, or public. Every team can have as many members as it likes – there’s no limit to the size of a team: the more the merrier! Spread the word about the team you joined or share the invitation to a private team with everyone you would like to have at your side. Through the following link you can either create your own team, or join another one. The only basic prerequisite is that you have already registered as a participant.
Join the Team Run HERE!
Company run – registration via voucher code
In case you want to invite runners to join your Wings for Life World Run team on May 5th in Vienna in the name of a company or club you can purchase voucher codes via invoice. Friends, club members or employees can then register for the Wings for Life World Run on May 5th in Vienna for free, just by entering their voucher code.
You can also turn a voucher into a personalized present. Find more information on vouchers and the order form via the following link:
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The Wings for Life project team will also be happy to help you personally with registering a team or the registration process with voucher codes. If you register until 17 March you will receive personalized start numbers.
The concept of the Wings for Life World Run is totally unique compared to all other races in the world. Participants from different countries or continents not only start at exactly the same time worldwide and are therefore in the race for the title without knowing where their competitors are, they also have to run ahead of the so-called catcher car for as long as possible. The Catcher Car picks up the chase 30 minutes after the starting signal, making it a moving finish line. Due to this inclusive concept, it is open to every runner and every wheelchair user, regardless of their level or ability, because this run is the only one where absolutely everyone reaches their personal finish.
The sixth edition of the Wings for Life World Run has an innovative twist to it. The Catcher Car will, unlike previous years, start at only 14 km / h, but will then increase the speed every 30 minutes until it reaches its maximum speed of 34 km / h. For the average runner, this change will have little effect, but for the top runners, it will be harder to run away from the catcher car for a long time. Last year, Aron Anderson (SWE) came first after racing an incredible 89.85 km. This year, the organizers are expecting a winning distance of about 65 km. This will increase the excitement and competition among the top runners.
The new times and speeds of the catcher car at a glance:
Arriving by train/ bus
Get the latest information on departure times by phone at +43-05-1717 or via internet at www.oebb.at. Many long-haul coaches stop at bus terminals that are often located right next to train stations.
Public transport in Vienna
Rathausplatz can be reached via the lines U2 (Rathaus, Schottentor) and U3 (Volkstheater) as well as the tram line 1, 2, 71 and D.
On event day from 10am to 6pm your bib number as well as your registration confirmation rate as ticket for the “Wiener Linien” (within Vienna city limits).
Arriving by car
From south and east: southern motorway (A2) – south eastern express way – exit belt – southern station – Prinz Eugenstraße – Karlsplatz – Opernring – Brugring – Universitätsring – Rathausplatz.
From the west: western motorway (A1) – Hietzinger Kai - Schönbrunner Straße – Schloßallee – Felberstraße – Neubaugürtel – Lerchenfelder Gürtel – Lerchenfelderstraße – Schmerlingplatz – Reichsstraße – Rathausplatz.
From the north: Donauufer motorway (A22) – traffic hub Prater – south eastern express way – exit belt – southern station – Prinz Eugenstraße – Kärntner Ring – Opernring – Burgring – Universitätsring – Rathausplatz
Due to the limited parking spaces on-site there won't be assigned parking available. You will however find plenty of public parking spaces surrounding the venue.
Arriving by plane
The International Airport Vienna Schwechat is 20 minutes to the southeast of Vienna city centre. There is however the possibility of taking the City Airport Train (CAT), that runs every half hour and connects the airport to Vienna city centre nonstop in just 16 minutes. Alternatively you can take the high-speed line S7 (travel time 30 minutes), or take a cab. The taxi stand at the airport Vienna is located in front of the arrival and departure hall.
The collection of running numbers (each with an integrated chip for the distance measurement), the Runner Bag and the participant shirt for all participants will take place on Saturday, May 4, from 12pm to 6pm in the arcades of the University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien.
For participants and teams arriving on the morning of the race, running numbers can also be collected on Sunday, May 5, 2019 between 8am and 11am.
We kindly ask you to take full advantage of this period of time to ensure timely placement in the starting blocks (access from 12pm). Please calculate appropriate waiting times for the collection and subsequent time for storing your belongings in the cloakroom, and allow time for the walking distance to the start line.
We would like to ask the participants to collect their running numbers on Saturday during the mentioned time. Take the opportunity for a first get-together with other runners and Enjoy our exciting social program at Vienna's Rathausplatz.
For all participants, there are free changing rooms and a cloakroom to store your clothes. This is available from 11am-12.30pm. Please arrive early to avoid having to rush.
You will receive your Wings for Life World Run Runners Bag along with the race documents. Please use only this bag. Do not put valuables or fragile things in your clothes bag. Take them with you while running or hand them over to relatives or friends instead. When you drop-off and pick-up your running bag at the cloakroom you will need to have your running number at hand. We do not accept any liability for loss or damage to items left in the cloakroom, this also applies to any clothes bags with valuables.
The pick-up of the clothes bags from the cloakroom is open from 2-6pm. Runners will need to show the cloakroom ticket and running number.
The start of the Wings for Life World Run is timed worldwide at 11am UTC (start time Vienna 1pm). All 12 runs and App-Runs start at the same time, so we have to make sure that all participants have received their documents on time and can start. We can only do that if we can successfully execute the above-described procedure for collecting running numbers.
The participants of the Wings for Life World Run will be placed in starting blocks according to their respective personal marathon or half marathon best times. Faster runners will start at the front of the start zone, closest to the starting line. Those who do not have any previous race times will start from the positions at the back. The colour code on the running number of the participant will have to match the respective starting block. This will be checked when entering the block. Participants with pushchairs may only start in block 4 - red.
Access to the starting blocks is possible from 12pm.
BLOCK 1 - Audi:
BLOCK 2 - Volksbank:
BLOCK 3 - Gigasport:
Official start time for all locations worldwide is 11am UTC on 5 May 2019 (1pm local time in Vienna). (e.g. London will start at 12pm local time, Munich at 1pm local time, Taiwan at 7pm local time, etc.)
All participants must follow the official, closed off route, marked by the organizer (race track). As soon as a participant is overtaken by the Catcher Car, his or her race is over. We kindly ask all runners to run on the right side of the track and watch out for the approaching Catcher Car. For safety reasons, it is not permitted to wear headphones during the race. The timing device inside the Catcher Car (the same that activates the timing tag inside the bib number, at the beginning of the race) will then register time and distance of the respective participant. All result are listed by distance, NOT time.
Participants are being asked to use public transport for travelling back to the Rathausplatz. From there, participants can reach the event area in the park where the race can be followed via the Red Bull TV LIVE feed.
On the day of the event, the running number and the registration confirmation will be valid as a public transport ticket in the Wiener Linien (within Vienna) between 10am and 6pm.
The bib number may not be altered and must be worn with the advertising print in full size across the chest. The bib number will be attached to your running gear with safety pins, which will be handed out to you at the bib number distribution area.
Every bib number includes a timing tag (transponder). The transponder is attached to the back of your bib number and may not be damaged or torn out. If damaged, neither registration nor participation will be possible. Bib number and transponder must not be returned.
This year every participant will get a “Wings for Life World Run Finisher” medal again. You can pick it up at the info points located at town hall square until 6pm by presenting your start number. Please understand that the medals are only available on site and cannot be shipped.
Medical treatment on-site and along the track will be provided by the Austrian Red Cross which will be present with a team of paramedics and ambulances.
Medical staff has the right to take participants who are injured or show signs of fatigue out of the race. Emergency number: 144.
From km 4.2, every 4 to 5 kilometres refreshments will be available at stations along the course.
Provided foods and drinks are: water, Rauch SPORT Isotonic, Red Bull Energy Drinks, ORGANICS Simply Cola, Böhm® Magnesium Sport, bananas, oranges and energy bars or gel. From the marathon distance onwards the catering will be provided on wheels by the cycling club Tulln.
Our event village is located at the Rathausplatz including catering facilities, a great social program and the opportunity to follow the race on a large video wall.
Marathon expert and Wings for Life World Run Ambassador Michael Buchleitner recommends: "During the Wings for Life World Run the body experience a great amount of physical stress. It is therefore advisable to keep an eye on the fluid balance and to ensure adequate carbohydrate intake. Energy drinks, mixed with water, most sensibly used in the last third of the distance, provide energy and also provide the body with the necessary fluid to counteract cramps and other dehydration phenomena!".
There is a timing tag inside every race number, which will record your final race time to the split second and millimetre, as soon as the Catcher Car has overtaken you.
You can check your personal distance and all team results immediately after the race at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com.
Toilets and shower facilities are located directly at the start zone around the Rathausplatz, as well as at all the refreshment stations along the route.
20 free showers are available at the town hall square from 2 pm to 6 pm.
Unable to start in Vienna on 5 May 2019? No problem! Here comes the Wings for Life World Run App!
All those unable to start their Wings for Life World Run campaign on-site in Vienna can now still be part of the worldwide charity run – thanks to the Wings for Life World Run App and the virtual Catcher Car, making it possible for everyone , wherever they are, to start at the exact same time as the participants at the official events! Be it at the Rathausplatz in Vienna or on their very own track, somewhere else in the world.
You can download the app here:
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Race director/Geschäftsführer: Mag. Michael Buchleitner