At the foot of the Alps through the idyllic hinterland of Munich
Welcome to Munich, at the foot of the Alps – a modern metropolis with great heart and long tradition. Hospitable, vibrant, busy and above all, charming. Located amidst the most beautiful Bavarian nature, it is surrounded by numerous lakes and an impressive mountain scenery. With a population of nearly 1.5 million Munich is not only Bavaria’s most populous city, it is also the city with the largest area in the whole state. Based on economic criteria Munich is even considered a major global metropolis. Its great number of tourist attractions, varied cultural offering and many international sporting events as well as the Oktoberfest, turn the Bavarian capital into a real hot spot for tourism.
The Wings for Life World Run starts in the northern part of the city – in the Olympiapark. Built for the Olympic Summer Games 1972, the site bundles a handful of famous buildings including the “Olympiastadion”, the “Olympiahalle” and the “Olympiaturm”. However, it is most famous for its unique tented roof construction. From here, the race continues towards the Fasanerie, through Allach and Eschenried, all the way to the western part of the city and its idyllic surroundings. After 40 km the route makes a sharp turn and starts winding towards the south of Munich, heading straight for the Ammersee and towards the Alps, whose massive mountains will be clearly visible for all runners – should the weather cooperate.
Average temperatures of 18°C provide ideal running conditions. In May, Munich has an average of 6.2 hours of sun per day and an average of 11.6 days of rain per month.
The Wings for Life World Run is a global running and wheelchair event, that starts worldwide at exactly the same time and only ends when the last runner is caught by the so called Catcher Car.
In 2018 the world once again runs for those who can’t. Runners in Germany will start in Munich’s Olympiapark. The starting signal goes off at exactly 1pm local time. Half an hour later, at 1.30pm local time, the Catcher Car will start chasing the runners: for those who get caught, the race is over.
Be part of it: 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 and challenge your family to run for those who can’t. The shared goal unites: 100% of all Wings for Life World Run entry fees go straight to the Wings for Life foundation. Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation with a single mission – find a cure for spinal cord injury.
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 Selfie Run app from now on you can start your personal Wings for Life World Run Selfie 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.
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, 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.
In 2018 wheelchair participants and runners again start side by side in one race. All participants start together – just like it should be! The only requirement: wheelchair participants have to start in everyday wheelchairs.
At the Wings for Life World Run 201 in Munich a maximum of 10.000 participants can take part.
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.
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.
The easiest way to reach Olympiapark is by subway U3 towards Moosach until Olympiazentrum (walking distance to Coubertinplatz: roughly 10 minutes). Alternatively you can take the tramline 20 or 21 until Olympiapark West, or take the city bus line 173 until Olympiazentrum.
For those travelling by car, it is best to use public parking at the “Parkharfe” (costs: 5,00 € / day). On Spiridon-Louis-Ring, located at the height of Olympiastadion Süd, is the shuttle bus drop off. From here it is a 5 min walk to Coubertinplatz (start and runner’s village).
A medical team along with a team of paramedics will monitor the run and provide participants with medical care if necessary. They will be right behind the Catcher Car. Medical staff has the right to take participants who are injured or show signs of fatigue out of the race.
There will be several vehicles operating on track on race day. In front of the runners a leading car will signal the arrival of the leading running group. The fastest female and male runners will be accompanied by cyclists. The BMW Catcher Car represents the finish line and will also be accompanied by cyclists, who will remind you to keep running on the right side of the track (Important! The Catcher Car has to overtake you on your left in order to track your time!) Please make way and let it pass. Following the Catcher Car will be more vehicles, including the medical service and the race control vehicle operated by the police.
Individual support on a bicycle or the like is not permitted. Non-observance will result in disqualification of the accompanied runner. We kindly ask for your understanding, as this measure only ensures the proper implementation of the event and prevents potentially dangerous situations that might harm other participants.
All participants who are under the age of 18 at the time of the event have received a liability disclaimer by e-mail in advance. We kindly ask you to show this disclaimer to your parents/ legal guardians. Please bring the filled-in and signed disclaimer with you to official registration/ bib number distribution.
You are only allowed to officially take part in the event with a completed and signed liability disclaimer (see terms of participation, section 1.2 – terms are to be accepted during registration).
Note: From 31/03/18 the entrance fee will be 49.00 EUR