What IS The Wings for Life World Run?

The Wings for Life World Run in 33 seconds

What is it?
The Wings for Life World Run is a global running and wheelchair race starting 11 am UTC on May 8, 2016 and finishing when the last person is caught by the Catcher Car.

Who can take part?
Everyone. Athletes of all abilities, from beginners to the running elite and wheelchair users in a regular wheelchair.

Can I run with my friends?
Absolutely! You can run as an individual or as part of up to three Team Runs, which is much more fun, right?

Where can I run?
At any of the 34 locations worldwide or along your own track using the Selfie Run app. Where will you run?

So people all over the world will start at the same time?
Correct, let’s get the whole world running at once, whether it’s morning, noon or night at 11am UTC. When do you like to run?

How far do I need to run?
Well, there’s no finish line, so you run as far as you can before the Catcher Car overtakes you.

How does the Catcher Car work?
The Catcher Car has some clever tech that activates when you pass it – and its famous driver - at the start line. The Catcher Cars worldwide start driving 30 minutes after the runners start, and drive at set speeds until they pass everyone, logging your distance and ending your race.

When does the Catcher Car increase its speed and how fast does it go?
It starts 30 minutes after the race starts, then gets faster:

  • 11.30 UTC – Catcher Car starts – pace: 15km/hr (9.32mph)
  • 12.30 UTC – pace increases to 16km/hr (9.94 mph)
  • 13.30 UTC – pace increases to 17km/hr (10.56 mph)
  • 14.30 UTC – pace increases to 20 km/hr (12.43 mph)
  • 16.30 UTC – pace increases to 35km/hr (21.75 mph)


How do I get back to the start area?
Check your location because each one is different, but they will all get you back to the start line. No hitch-hiking required!

Who wins?
The Global Champions are the last man and woman worldwide to be passed by the Catcher Car. Each country will have a national champion and everyone who takes part is a winner.

What is Wings for Life?
A non-profit that funds research into finding a cure for spinal cord injury. 100% of the Wings for Life World Run entry fees and runner donations go straight to the foundation.

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