Wheelchair Participants and Runners Unite on May 5, 2019

On May 5, 2019, wheelchair users and runners will compete side by side in one race. Everyone’s in it together – exactly how it should be. The only requirement: wheelchair users need to start in a regular, everyday wheelchair. Just as Sweden’s Aron Anderson did in 2015 when he became national champion after 64.82km, beating all the runners on the Sweden track.

“The Wings for Life World Run is an event for everyone. Everyone who has a regular, everyday wheelchair can take part alongside the runners”, said Anita Gerhardter, Wings for Life CEO. “Of course, we would have loved to see also race wheelchairs or hand bikes on the tracks, but they are simply too fast for this kind of race format. Safety could not be guaranteed.”

Everyone – wheelchair users and runners alike – will start globally at 11am UTC, and everyone will be chased, slowly but surely, by the Catcher Car. When the Catcher Car passes you, your race is over, but the fun carries on as finishers make their way back to the starting area, where everyone can celebrate in style. 

Please note that the route back to the start line varies from country to country. Check for details with the local organisers.

Want to compete? You need to

  • be ready to have a great time, laugh and make loads of new friends
  • have a regular, everyday wheelchair that you can move yourself or be pushed in by a friend
  • have a wheelchair with two drive wheels at the back (20”-26”)
  • have two small wheels at the front (3”-7”)
  • have two push rings and brakes


Get yourself specced out, grab your friends and register for the most global race on the planet.



Let’s make this something for everyone – register here

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