The Wings for Life World Run returns to the UK for a third year on May 8th 2016 and registration for the ground-breaking event is now open. The historic city of Cambridge will host next years race, which gives entrants the opportunity to test themselves against runners from across the world as well as trying to avoid the notorious catcher car for as long as possible. The flat course that will take in the countryside of the Fenlands provides the perfect platform to run some fast times.
The annual Wings for Life World Run is fast becoming a firm favourite in the international running calendar and provides a unique and challenging format for runners and wheelchair athletes of all abilities to compete in.
The UK race has moved to the beautiful city of Cambridge for 2016, where Participants will race through the breath-taking and historical centre before heading out to the flat Fenlands surrounding the city, offering the perfect course for fast times. Speaking of the event, Cllr Roger Hickford, Chairman of Highways and Infrastructure Committee at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Wings for Life is a fantastic charity which is making a real difference to people’s lives through funding research into spinal injuries. We are naturally very proud they have chosen Cambridge as the UK location for the World Run in May 2016. Over the next few months, we will be working with the charity and our partners to help ensure the event on closed roads will be a success and to minimise any disruption for residents and businesses on the route. Cambridgeshire is becoming a hotspot for global sporting events from the Tour de France in 2014 and this year’s Grand Fondo to the Wings for Life World Run next year – it reflects the expertise we have in Cambridgeshire for managing such events and the enthusiasm of our residents who come out to support them.”
The Wings for Life World Run was launched in 2014 to raise funds for the Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation. Pioneering the concept of a synchronised race where participants across the world run simultaneously, the event introduced the Catcher Car format, in which a celebrity-driven vehicle gives the runners a head start, chasing the field at a predetermined pace. While the individual man and woman who are the last to be caught are declared Global Champions, all the participants have their own personal goals and motivations, which are as varied and unique as the runners themselves.
One-hundred percent of all entry fees and donations contributed by the Wings for Life World Run participants, and by the friends and families who support them to maximise their financial impact, goes to spinal cord research projects to help find a cure for spinal cord injuries.
The 2015 event saw 101,280 participants in 33 countries across 12 time zones raising 4.2 million euros for Wings for Life’s single goal. Japan’s Yuuko Watanabe was crowned 2015 Wings for Life World Run Female Global Champion with 56.33km, while Lemawork Ketema of Ethiopia defended his title as men’s Global Champion in running to a distance of 79.9km. As it will be in 2016, the entire event was followed by viewers across the globe, thanks to an enthralling live-stream experience, which shares the effort, elation and emotion of the runners.
It’s time to choose where to run at the Wings for Life World Run 2016. No matter where they live, runners of all levels can sign up for any location of their choice. For more, including registration information and location updates, visit www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com; or to download editorial content, visit the Wings for Life World Run Newsroom.
About Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation
Worldwide, millions of people are dependent on a wheelchair after having sustained a spinal cord injury, most often as the result of a traffic accident or a fall. Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation with a single mission to find a 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. One hundred percent of the
Wings for Life World Run entry fees and funds of this global running event will help work towards Wings for Life’s ultimate goal. Every step taken at the Wings for Life World Run and in the Wings for Life World Run Selfie Run is a step in the right direction – www.wingsforlife.com
About the Wings for Life World Run
The Wings for Life World Run was launched in 2014 to benefit the not-for-profit Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injury. Presented with the support of main partners Garmin and Puma, the Wings for Life World Run has pioneered the concept of a synchronised race where participants of all levels, all across the globe, run simultaneously, no matter the hour or the weather in their location. The event has also introduced the Catcher Car format, in which the finish line – a celebrity-driven vehicle that gives the runners a head start – chases the field at a predetermined pace. Only at the point of being overtaken is a runner’s race over, and the individual man and woman last to be caught are declared Global Champions –