Giorgio Calcaterra of Italy was crowned men’s Global Champion of the third annual Wings for Life World Run, outstripping the Catcher Car to a winning distance of 88.44km that saw him become the first runner in the history of the race to break 80km.
In earning the women’s title, Japan’s Kaori Yoshida also rewrote the record books in spectacular fashion, becoming the event’s first woman to break 60km and setting a new benchmark of 65.71km.
And an unprecedented number of registered participants – 130,732 across 34 official locations -- stepped up to run for those who can't, helping to raise a staggering 6.6 million euros for spinal cord research.
1. Giorgio Calcaterra (ITA) / Italy 88.44 km
2. Bartosz Olszewski (POL) / Canada 82.42km
3. Francisco Morales (CHI) / Chile 75.47km
1. Kaori Yoshida (JPN) / Japan 65.71 km
2. Karin Freitag (AUT) / Germany 59.08km
3. Vera Nunes (POR) / Portugal 58.86km