In four previous editions, Wings for Life World Run participants from 193 countries have already covered the equivalent of over five round-trips to the moon – and when race day blasts off again this May, the all-time registration count will surpass half a million. As the planet runs together to find a cure for spinal cord injury, who will be the 500,000th runner?
Ever since the first edition in 2014, there’s never been anything like the Wings for Life World Run, where runners and wheelchair participants across every continent all start together – at exactly the same moment – and are chased by a moving finish line called the Catcher Car. Welcoming participants of every ability, from beginners to ultra-runners, the event has boomed year by year, and as the global movement turns five on May 6, it will seem like the whole world is running for those who can’t.
In its first four editions, the Wings for Life World run amassed 441,021 registered athletes (more than the entire populations of Iceland, Greenland and Lichtenstein combined) from all but two countries globally, who covered 4,276,640 kilometers. Now it’s already a certainty that run number five will not only take all-time participation beyond the half million mark – with the 500,000th person to register being announced on race day – but also that total kilometers will surpass five million. Although it’s too soon to know exactly how much will be added to the 20.6 million euros raised by the previous events, what is sure is that, as always, every cent will go directly to spinal cord research.
While charity is the main motivator, the unique format of the race also holds broad appeal.
Registration is still open! It’s not too late to be part of history when the Wings for Life World Run celebrates its “Big Five” edition on May 6, 2018. For registration, event updates and remarkable stories from the race to cure spinal cord injury: www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com