Posted on May 04, 2018

The Fifth Wings for Life World Run will take place on May 6 (Sunday) all over the world. Contestants will all start together at exactly the same moment and will be chased by a moving finish line called the Catcher Car. 

The aim of the global race is to find a cure for spinal cord injury. The race is organised by Wings for Life, which is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation with the single mission to find the cure for spinal cord injury. Since 2004, Wings for Life has funded life-changing research projects and clinical trials around the globe. While the cure is still to be found, steady progress has been made. In Doha, running for those who can't, will take place at Oxygen Park through the App Run. On Sunday, May 6, at 2 pm, runners in Doha will kick off in a 1 km run loop until they are caught by the catcher car on the downloaded app. 

In four previous editions, Wings for Life World Run participants from 193 countries have already covered the equivalent of over five round-trips to the moon and when race day blasts off again this May, the all-time registration count will surpass half a million. Ever since the first edition in 2014, there's never been anything like the Wings for Life World Run, where runners and wheelchair participants across every continent all start together at exactly the same moment and are chased by a moving finish line called the Catcher Car. Welcoming participants of every ability from beginners to ultra-runners the event has boomed year by year, and as the global movement turns five on May 6, it will seem like the whole world is running for those who can't.

In its first four editions, the Wings for Life World run amassed 441,021 registered athletes (more than the entire populations of Iceland, Greenland and Lichtenstein combined) from all but two countries globally, who covered 4,276,640 kilometers. Now it's already a certainty that run number five will not only take all-time participation beyond the half million mark with the 500,000th person to register being announced on race day but also that total kilometers will surpass five million. 

Unique format

While charity is the main motivator, the unique format of the race also holds broad appeal.

  • The Wings for Life World Run pioneered the concept of people around the world starting at exactly the same time. That scope of participation is what has made it the world's biggest run.
  • The innovative Catcher Car starts 'chasing' runners 30 minutes after they start. When passed, their race is over. One man and one woman will be crowned Global Champions, but thanks to this moving finish line, everyone completes the race!
  • The Wings for Life World Run is also a pioneer in race participation with an App. Participants can choose a traditional racing experience at an event run, or they can download the Wings for Life World Run App and set their own dream course.
  • This year, for the first time, the Wings for Live World Run also includes hundreds of Organised App Runs. Put together by enthusiastic individuals around the globe, Organized App Runs bring people side by side while each races with the App.

Registration is still open! It's not too late to be part of history when the Wings for Life World Run celebrates its"Big Five" edition on May 6. For registration, event updates and remarkable stories from the race to cure spinal cord injury:

source: Qatar Tribune