On May 4th, 2014, the Wings for Life World Run is set to take place, but it’s not your ordinary run or marathon by far. It Is a simultaneous world run taking place in 35 different locations around the world.
The Wings for Life World Run, sponsored by Red Bull, is the first of its kind to be held and every cent raised will go to spinal cord injury research; specifically to Wings for Life, a spinal cord injury research charity based in Austria.
This hardworking charity was founded in 2003 by the founder of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateshitz, as well as Heinz Kinigadner, a two-time motocross world champion man whose son and brother were both injured in motocross accidents (talk about terrible luck).
Since this charity’s founding, they’ve done a lot of great work helping raise money for clinical trials in Europe, along with a lot of hopeful doctors and researchers taking part, but this Wings for Life World Run is unlike anything ever done before.
For the Wings for Life World Run, there is no set length you must complete. In fact, you have no idea how long you will run. A half hour after the race starts, a “counter” car will slowly creep on the runners, and if the car passes them, they’re out. It’s that simple. And this will continue at each of the world-wide runs until only one male and female runners at each location is left.
Pretty cool, right? This type of run is definitely appealing to Olympians and high-performing athletes, but runners of all levels are taking part in this monumental event that is 100 percent dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries. And even cooler, this run also has wheelchair races setup at several of the locations so those with spinal cord injuries can take part, and feel the awesomeness of being actively be involved in their own futures.
All registration must be done online, and the amount you pay depends on your location. For those in the United States there are only three locations available — Colorado, Florida and California. It’s too bad there aren’t more locations. Maybe next year we’ll see more. For specific cities and start times within these states, check them out here.
There are locations throughout Europe, Asia and South America, as well as in Africa and Australia. To learn more and to sign-up (it’s not too late), visit the official site for the Wings for Life World Run here. And to meet the Ambassadors for the run, including Thomas Geierspichler, a big time Paralympic wheelchair racer from Austria, check them out here.
Do you know anyone taking part in the Wings for Life World Run?
– Watch the Wings for Life World Run promo: “Running for Those Who Can’t”
– Connect: Wings for Life Run’s Facebook page
– Learn more: Wings for Life charity