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With a radical concept, the Wings for Life World Run is a global race with a difference. Instead of a finish line, runners and wheelchair competitors – from beginners to elite athletes – race side by side to keep ahead of the Catcher Car.
On May 5, 2019, participants will start the Wings for Life World Run at precisely the same time - whether that’s dawn in North America, the middle of the day in Europe, or at night here in Australia.
The Catcher Cars take off 30 minutes after the start at 14 km/h and steadily increase their speed, precisely synced across the globe, until the last participants have been caught. Set yourself a distance goal with our handy Goal Calculator and see how far you can run to make spinal cord injury curable.
100% of your entry fee goes to spinal cord research. For more information about the charity click here.
Grab your mates, register and even run as a team.
• Confirmed course – Monash Freeway eastbound, start from Patterson Reserve 484 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, VIC, 3122.
• Your participant race pack includes a Wings for Life World Run safety event t-shirt (RRP $40.00), a headlamp (RRP $50.00), a space blanket and rain poncho.
• The bib, t-shirt and headlamp must be worn at all times on course.
• All participants must collect their race packs on event day at the event site. In order to collect your race pack you will need to hand in a signed and completed entry waiver which will be emailed to each participant on event week.
• Once caught by the Catcher Car, all participants will board a bus back to the Event Hub – no exceptions! Under no circumstances are participants to walk back along the course route or exit the course on foot.
• At 8:00pm MCs will start sending waves per bib colour to the start line. Therefore, we recommend that you arrive at the event hub at no later than 7:00pm.
• At the Start Line you must run forward and pass the Catcher Cars, located at the start line near the Start Arch, to activate your race bib. During the run please keep to your RIGHT - the Catcher Car will pass you on your left as it approaches.
The Event Hub will be located at Patterson Reserve 484 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, VIC, 3122.
The Event Hub will feature race check-in, bib and event kit collection, bag drop, first aid, sponsor expo stalls, music, lighting, entertainment and amenities. It will also feature a big screen to watch the global live stream.
Food and drinks will be available to purchase at the event hub.
The Event Hub is a short 5 minute walk to the Start Line that will be clearly signposted. The Event Hub will be on bitumen and will provide good access for all participants.
Note the closest ATM to the Event Hub is at 7Eleven, corner Toorak Rd and Auburn Rd, a 3-minute walk from the Event Hub.
• All participants will receive a bib and event kit.
• The event kit will include the following:
o A Wings for Life World Run safety event t-shirt (RRP $40.00)
§ This t-shirt is designed for safety and therefore must be worn at all times on the course.
o A headlamp (RRP $50.00)
§ The headlamp must be worn at all times on the course to ensure all participants are safe and illuminated (be sure to turn on both front and rear lights).
o Rain poncho
§ To be used in case of rain.
• All participants must collect their bib and event kit on event day at the event site. As 100% of the registration fees go straight into spinal cord injury research, bibs and event kits cannot be posted out to participants. Avoid arriving at peak time of 6pm – 7pm to collect your bib and event kit. This will be the busiest time and you’ll expect to wait in queue for a long time! Bib and event kit collection will be open from midday Sunday
• Steps to collecting:
1. In order to collect your bib and event kit you will need to hand in a signed entry waiver. This will be emailed to each participant on event week.
2. In order to complete the entry waiver you will need to know your bib number. Each participant will be assigned a bib number, emailed to you on or around the 30th of April 2019. The bib numbers will also be released on the startlist from the 25th of April 2018. Participants registering after the 25th of April 2019 will receive their bib numbers 24 hours after registration.
3. Once you arrive at the Event Hub, you’ll see bib collection marquees with bib numbers, line up in the queue that represents your number bracket i.e 40000 – 50000.
4. Present the signed waiver at the Bib collection tent to staff and volunteers (no waiver = no bib). The staff will then give you your bib.
5. Take your bib (no bib = no event kit) and head to the event kit marquee to collect your kit (with the t-shirt size you nominated at registration). If the t-shirt doesn’t fit, feel free to ask one of the volunteers for a different size.
Participants can collect bibs and event kits for other registered participants. In order to do so, the participant must show the staff at the bib collection tent an email, letter, text, Facebook message (anything in writing) that confirms the other participant authorizes them to collect their bib and event kit. The participant will also need to hand in the other participant’s signed and completed entry waiver.
· Using the bib: Race bibs have a unique RFD chip built in, this will measure your distance from the start line to where the Catcher Car passes you. All participants must attach their bib to the front of their event t-shirt provided, safety pins come with each bib. Wheelchair participants will receive a bib to attach to their chair handle. You can keep your bib after the event.
Clothing storage is available during the event at Patterson Reserve Event Hub, in the designated bag drop marquee. Your bib features a tear-off strip for you to attach to your backpack or event kit bag. Do not leave any valuables in your bags as we cannot accept responsibility for valuables lost or stolen. Bag Drop will be open from 5:00pm.
Free parking is available in several locations around Patterson Reserve, Auburn Road & Toorak Road in Hawthorn East.
Stockland Tooronga shopping centre has free underground car parks available on a first in, best dressed basis. This is 500m from the Event Hub at Patterson Reserve.
Other free car park locations are at University of Melbourne (Hawthorn Campus), Auburn High School, Sir Zelman Cowan Park, Kooyong train station and Tooronga train station. These locations are also on a first in, best dressed basis.
Participants are encouraged to utilise the convenient ‘drop off/pick up area’ which is located immediately outside the event hub on Auburn Road. Do not expect to park close to the Event Hub.
The Parking and Transport Guide can be downloaded below.
Public Transport is not included in your event registration ticket; please check available services on Sunday, 5 May 2019 and use the Journey Planner
Please note the event is on a Sunday night so regular services may not be available
TRAIN: The closest Train Station to the Event Hub is Tooronga Station and Kooyong Station, both a 15 minute walk to the Event Hub & Start Line.
TRAM: The closest station to the Event Hub is Glenferrie Road / Toorak Road, a 15-minute walk to the Event Hub & Start Line.
Click here to download the Parking and Transport map.
Once caught by the Catcher Car, all participants will board a bus back to the Event Hub. There will be multiple busses positioned at various points along the course. The buses will continue to loop until all participants are safely returned to the Event Hub. There will be team members allocated to each bus who will help passengers on and off each bus. At all times and for your safety, pay attention to the instructions given by the Team Members.
Please do not exit the event course as there are (reduced speed) live traffic lanes on the left side of the course. You must either stop where you finish your run or move forward along the course to where the buses are parked. Under no circumstances are you to walk back along the course route or exit the course on foot.
- 12:00pm Bib and event kit collection opens
- 12:00pm Food vendors open
- TBC Red Bull feature programming on big screen
- 12:00pm Partner activations open
- 5:00pm Bag drop opens
- 7:00pm Bib collection and event kit collection closes
- 7:00pm DJ live on stage
- 7:30pm Official warm up on stage
- 8:00pm MCs send waves per bib colour to the start line
- 8:00pm Wings for Life world Run global live stream broadcasted on big screen
- 9:00pm Global Wings for World Run STARTS
- 9:30pm– Catcher Car Starts on Course – Pace: 14 km/hr (8.69 miles/hr)
- 10:00pm – Pace Increase: 15 km/hr (9.32 miles/hr)
- 10:30pm – Pace Increase: 16 km/hr (9,94 miles/hr)
- 11:00pm – Pace Increase: 17 km/hr (10,56 miles/hr)
- 11:30pm – Pace Increase: 18 km/hr (11.18 miles/hr)
- 12:00pm – Pace Increase: 22 km/hr (13.67 miles/hr)
- 12:30pm – Pace Increase: 26 km/hr (16.15 miles/hr)
- 1:00am – Pace Increase: 30 km/hr (18.64 miles/hr)
- 1:30am – Pace Increase: 34 km/hr (21.12 miles/hr)
For safety reasons, all participants must wear the official Wings for Life World Run t-shirt and Led Lenser headlamp provided. You can wear this t-shirt over a skins / jacket or similar warm layer of clothing. You will also be provided with a rain poncho in case of rain.
As our Wings for Life World Run is a 9pm start in Melbourne, we suggest warm running clothing. Make use of the bag drop facility in the Event Hub to store your warmer layers for your return. Wear your club colours during the day and at the official pre-event warm up if you like.
Wings for Life World Run is for everyone! Some of the best running costumes we’ve seen include bananas, monkeys…make it fun and help us to find a cure for spinal cord injury
The event will generally go ahead rain or moonlight. In case of extreme weather, organisers will decide if it is safe for the event to continue. Participant safety is our number one priority.
Please note: If the event is cancelled, entries are non-refundable.
First aid support will be available – there will be a medical team at the Event Hub. If you need assistance during the race, please speak to volunteers or medical staff who will be placed along the route at designated refuelling station (approx. every 10km). A medical team will also be following behind the Catcher Car.
Will be located at the ‘INFORMATION’ tent on Patterson Reserve, this also the best place to set up a ‘meeting point’ with your friends and family after the run.
Stations will be located on runners’ right-hand side, at approximately every 5KM along the course. Due to the nature of the course on Monash Freeway, stations are only placed in safe locations. Therefore, stations are not exactly 5 KM apart. For example, the first refuelling station is at 7KM, the second refuelling station is at 12KM and the third refuelling station is at 16KM.
These refuelling stations will have water, Red Bull, 50/50 (Red Bull/water), bananas, toilets and are manned with staff and volunteers.
At every second station, approximately every 10KM, there will be First Aid support available on top of the above mentioned items.
Please note we do not allow individual support for food or beverages from friends, family or coaches outside the course.
There is no nutrition at any stations, you may bring and run with your own if you like.
Please make sure you place all cups and rubbish in the bins provided. Those that litter outside of signed Refreshment Station areas will be disqualified.
There are two (2) Catcher Cars starting at 9.30pm from the Start Line. Due to the global nature of the event all the tracking/timing is synced.
The Catcher Cars must be able to pass all participants WITHOUT slowing down.
It is extremely important for everyone to be aware of their surroundings and run on the RIGHT side of the course/lane.
There will be volunteers and cyclists alerting all participants of the Catcher Car approaching. When alerted, please move to the RIGHT, so there is enough space for the car to pass you safely. Do not step off course or outside the marked perimeter – the course is designed to accommodate the Catcher Car and participants. When the freeway is reduced to only two lanes, you will be required to, where possible, run in single file, using the continuous white line as your guide. This will allow all other operations to continue safely while not interfering with your run. If you do not move over, you will risk disqualification.
Please be alert and listen to all instructions.
Please do not wear headphones.
Your safety is of paramount importance. If you do not follow the safety requirements for this run course, you may expose yourself, your fellow participants or the staff there to assist to an unacceptable safety risk. A breach of the safety rules may result in the entire race being cancelled without notice. Do not leave the course at any stage. Buses will collect you once you’re passed by the Catcher Car.
Spectators are very welcome at this event. There will be a big screen at the Event Hub at Patterson Reserve, where spectators and returning participants will be able to watch the global live stream of the race. At no stage are spectators permitted on the run course at any location.
- NO participants are to be under the age of 16 years.
- NO pushchairs or prams of any kind are allowed in the race. Non-race wheelchairs are fine.
- NO pets are allowed
- NO headphones are allowed in the race on course
- At the Start Line you must run forward and pass the Catcher Cars, located at the start line near the Start Arch, to activate your race bib
- Please keep to your RIGHT - the Catcher Car will pass you on your left as it approaches
- Pay attention to all briefings and instructions provided to you by race officials to ensure you are safe at all times