So many people ran for those who can’t around the world. In Olten, there were almost 4000 runners at the start line. We want to thank all runners for this amazing effort!
130'732 participants around the world started at the third Wings for Life World Run – elite athletes, power walkers, wheelchair athletes and recreational runners in 33 countries, 200 nationalities among them, in12 different times zones at once. 68 catcher cars driven by sports personalities such as Formula 1 driver David Coulthard and Max Verstappen or Grisons free skier Elias Ambühl took off 30 minutes after the starting signal at an ever-increasing pace and followed the runners on the race track. Those who were overtaken had to end the race. Worldwide, the total amount of money that goes into the Wings for Life Foundation is 6,6 million Euro.
In Olten, there were 3903 runners. Pamela Veith (39,6 km) and wheelchair athlete Esther Schildknecht (25,83 km) were the female winners. In the men’s categories, the respective winners were Stefan Lüscher (57,63 km) and wheelchair athlete Walter Eberle (26,13 km). Lüscher was stoked about his hard-earned victory: „It was windy and warm, that made the run difficult towards the end.“ Pamela Veith on the other hand is used to harsh conditions. The extreme runner even enjoyed the steep ascent shortly before the finish: „At that point, I was able to enhance my performance and gain a few meters on the catcher car.“ Triathlete Daniela Ryf only ran a half-marathon on purpose and then quit at km 21: „It was incredibly beautiful to wave at the runners. The atmosphere on the track was fantastic.“
The Global Champion title in the women’s category goes to Kaori Yoshida from Japan. She ran a total of 65,71 km and is the first woman to have made it among the top 10. In the men’s category, the winner is Giorgio Calcaterra from Italy who ran for 86,83km.