On May 6, 2018, at 11am UTC, the Wings for Life World Run takes a new path. We find out from organiser Carolyn Macintosh why St Gilgen International School in Austria has joined the global movement using the App Run.

Sharing with the next generation

I was surprised and sad to see girls in the upper years both at St Gilgen International school, where I work, and on my visits to schools across Europe, not wanting to take part in sport – and running in particular. I wanted to share my passion for sport with our older girls, so I set up the Girls Running Club with a goal to run Wings for Life World Run in Vienna in 2017. We did it, covering 226km as a team, ranking 430th in the world – and the girls found joy in running.

Getting fitter and better

We now having Running Club twice a week for upper-school boys and girls – and many of the staff members get involved, too. Our App Run is a way of celebrating staff and students’ hard work and renewed spirit, found in running twice a week, every week of the school year, come rain or shine, bright blue skies or -19 and icy underfoot. It’s a chance for us to share our passion for running with others.

It’s all about community

I can’t wait for that moment when up to 300 walkers, runners and rollers from the school and local community, from all paths of life, from 16 years old to over 60, start our edition of the Wings for Life World App Run at 11am UTC on May 6.

An added twist …

Cheered on by locals and tourists, we’ll follow the lakeside of picturesque St Gilgen, trying to put as much distance between us and Catcher Car before it starts to hunt us all down at 1.30pm CET.

But here’s the fun part: Although the virtual Catcher Car will chase us through our phones, we’ll have an E-bike chasing us at the same speed, too. It’ll add that cat-and-mouse motivation that is so great in the event locations.

Talk us through your track 

Our track starts at 13 Ischlerstrasse, St Gilgen, the international school’s campus. We’ll have music to get the atmosphere going, a bake sale to raise funds for Wings for Life and a local street-food truck. 

At 1pm CET, we all start running through the beautiful village of St Gilgen and along the shores of Wolfgangsee. The virtual Catcher Car – and our E-bike – will catch many of us as we pass through the start line for the second time.

After the first loop, we’ll head towards Abersee then Strobl, both villages on the lake, taking in a beautiful nature reserve as we go. When we reach Strobl – at the end Wolfgangsee – we’ll turn around to retrace our steps, stopping again at hydration and snack stations staffed by our students, staff and parents.

Join a Wings for Life World Run App Run and inspire your community to get involved in the global movement running for those who can’t.