The Wings for Life World Run attracts more entrants and celebrities every year in its bid to help find a cure for spinal cord injuries. We caught up with a Wings for Life sophomore in television and social media personality Tyson Mayr, who’s back to go the distance all over again.
WFLWR: Tyson! We're stoked you're part of World Run again this year. What's the cause mean to you?
TM: It means the world! To help make a difference to those who need it while doing something I love and doing something fun... it’s such an amazing event. To be involved and help promote this cause and event means the world.
And you’ve had personal experience with spinal cord injury...
For sure. My father, when he was in his early 20s, was involved in a motorbike accident that left him with paralysis of the left arm, along with many other injuries due to spinal cord injury. So to grow up watching a man embrace every part of life and take on absolutely every opportunity he can, knowing how lucky he still is to be able to do that when there are obviously physical barriers, really was an inspiration. To see him raise five children and build and manage a farm from the ground up without ever once complaining about his injuries, really helped shape my perspective on a lot of things in life.
How did you first get involved in W4L? And what are you looking forward to most?
I heard about Wings for Life last year and I love to run. Living on the road as I do, running is often the only structure I have in my very unstructured life. When I found out how different this run was, that there was no finish line and that I would have friends in different countries running at the exact same time, I couldn't wait to get involved! It’s a really fun event. And everyone is there to have fun.
You're a fit dude. How far you think you’ll last before the car catches you?
Haha. Well, I could always be fitter! Last year I went into the event very unprepared. I only had one week to train and I actually miscalculated the distance I would run before the car would catch me. So entering I thought I would only run about 15kms. However, the catcher car caught up with me at the 24km mark! It was brutal. But I have to beat that!
You travel for a living. What's the biggest thing you've learned from your travels?
That life is short and as long as you respect others, there is no one right way to live your life. Do something that makes you smile every single day and always appreciate what you have. There will always be someone with far less, far more happy - so don't look at what you don't have, look at everything you do!