Frequently Asked Questions

Race Details

On May 3, 2020, at exactly 11am UTC, the Wings for Life World Run will simultaneously start all over the world. To find out what time of the day this means your local race starts, click on the website map

The global movement to find a cure for spinal cord injury has been growing, and to keep expanding it's important to make the Wings for Life World Run even more accessible. That's why we are bringing the event to many more locations by putting more focus on the Wings for Life World Run App. With the App, you and your friends can run anywhere you are, chased by a virtual Catcher Car. Whether you use the App to chart your own course, or prefer to join an Organized App Run, where you run together with others using the App, there’s an option for you.

You still can! There will be Organized App Runs all over the world. Not only will you have the fun of running with others against a virtual Catcher Car, but you'll be participating at the same time as everyone else across the planet, and your distance will count on the global result list. More Organized App Runs are being announced all the time, so there's sure to be one convenient to you. Stay tuned!

At 11.30am UTC, thirty minutes after the start, a Catcher Car will set off in each location and the virtual Catcher Car will start in the App. As long as you stay in front of the car, you stay in the race. When the Catcher Car passes you, your race is over.

When the Catcher Car passes you, you have finished your race. Time to celebrate!
The Goal Calculator figures out the pace you’ll need to run to reach your personal goal before the Catcher Car catches you.

As each local race is so different, each has a unique way to get you back to the start area. They might use public transport or shuttle buses, or you may even find you finish near the starting area and just have a warm down wander back. However you get back, you can expect a lot of fun in the process.

The last male and female running on any of the courses in the world will be the global champion. They will each receive a Wings for Life World Run trophy and a unique prize.  

Your race number contains a timing tag. This tag registers your result when the Catcher Car passes you at the end of your race. If you are running with the App, your time and distance will be tracked within the App and your result will be shown on the global result list.

When the Catcher Car sets off (30 minutes after the runners), the Catcher Car will travel at 14 kph. This will increase periodically at exactly the same time all over the world.

11:00 UTC – Race Start
11:30 UTC – Catcher Car Starts – Pace of 14 kph (approx. 8.7 mph)
12:00 UTC – Pace Increase to 15 kph (9.32 mph)
12:30 UTC – Pace Increase to 16 kph (9.94 mph)
13:00 UTC – Pace Increase to 17 kph (10.55 mph)
13:30 UTC – Pace Increase to 18 kph (11.2 mph)
14:00 UTC – Pace Increase to 22 kph (13.7 mph)
14:30 UTC – Pace Increase to 26 kph (16.2 mph)
15:00 UTC – Pace Increase to 30 kph (18.6 mph)
15:30 UTC – Pace Increase to 34 kph (21.1 mph)

If you have more questions, please just get in touch with us!

Taking Part

Of course you can! Everyone can! From first-timers to seasoned runners and professional athletes.

Each location is different. Some require you to be either 15 or 18 years old to participate. Please check your local race’s website.

Unfortunately not. All runners must be above the location’s minimum legal age to race.

Yes, of course! Check the rule book for more details, but wheelchair users are actively encouraged to join in.


Register online at registration.wingsforlifeworldrun.com. When you're joining an Organized App Run or running by yourself, register via App. Afterwards you will receive a confirmation email.

Online registration for an event will close on April 30, 2020, 11am UTC. If you're running with the app you can sign up until 3th of May, 11am UTC.

Unfortunately not. 100% of all the registration fees go straight to spinal cord injury research projects. Even if you can’t run, you are still contributing to a great cause!


There will be a live stream at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com and spectators can follow the screened live stream at their local Wings for Life World Run venue.

About the App Run

Download the App to your phone, log in (either with an existing account or by creating a new account) and register for race day. Once you’ve completed this process, you can also sign up for one of the available Organized App Run groups.

Then run at the same time as everyone else on May 5, 2019, chased by a virtual Catcher Car. Whether you set your own App Run course, or join an Organized App Run to participate with others, you'll see your name on the global result list. Most important: You'll be united in the global movement running for those who can't, and 100% of your fees and donations go to important spinal cord research. So register and make a difference! (A cool bonus: you can even train with the App, for free, to get ready for the big day.)

First of all: Thanks so much for participating in the Wings for Life World Run 2019, and it’s cool that you are using the App to train for the big day.

It’s no problem to be registered for both an event and the App Run (both registrations will be shown on your profile). But please note that only your event result will appear in the global result list.

Just contact us. We will delete the App Run registration for you. Or it’s also fine to keep it active, just in case you can be part of the movement on 5 May 2019 anyway. You don’t need to cover a big distance to make a difference; every step taken helps us in the search for a cure for spinal cord injury.

Interested? Need more information?

Just get in touch