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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.

What is the Wings for Life World Run?

The Wings for Life World Run is a truly unique and global race for both runners and wheelchair participants. It starts on 6 May 2018 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 6 May 2018 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 per cent 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.

Entry Fee

Registration is possible until May 3rd 2018, 1pm local time: 50 Euro.

Register HERE!

Deadline for personalized bib numbers is 11 March 2018. 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 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 6 May 2018.

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 6 May 2018 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.

Participant limit

At the Wings for Life World Run 2018 in Vienna a maximum of 13.500 participants can run for those who can’t.

Wheelchair participants

On on 6 May 2018 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 3rd 2018. Through the following link you can register for the Wings for Life World Run in Vienna!

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 6th 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 6th 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:

Order vouchers HERE!

Bought vouchers can be redeemed until May 3rd 2018, 1pm local time, by following this link to registration.

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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 11 March you will receive personalized start numbers.

Arrival and parking

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. Please note, that due to the race no tram lines are running towards Rathausplatz between 10am and 2:30pm. We recommend you use the tram lines 37, 38, and 40-44 towards Schottentor as well as 46, 49 and the bus line 48A towards Volkstheater instead and organize for an early arrival.

On event day from 8am to 8pm 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.

Racing format

Official start time for all locations worldwide is 11am UTC on 6 May 2018 (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. 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.


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.


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.


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.


Unable to start in Vienna on 6 May 2018? 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:

The Wings for Life World Run App for iPhone & iPad: bit.ly/WorldRunAPPiOS
The Wings for Life World Run App for Android: bit.ly/WorldRunAPPAndroid

Name and address of the organizer

ecosports consulting GmbH  FN 409402m
Babenbergerstraße 22, 2345 Brunn am Gebirge, Austria

Race director/Geschäftsführer: Mag. Michael Buchleitner

Wheelchair Detailed Info

Be prepared

14°C Average temp
65% Humidity
20% Chance of rain

Averages for Vienna

100% of the entry fee goes to spinal cord research

50.00 EURStarting fee
8.33 EURMwSt. 20%
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