The Wings for Life World Run will take place 8 May 2016 and registration for the event is now open. The historic city of Cambridge will host next year’s UK race, which provides a unique and challenging format where each runner – or wheelchair competitor – has to stay ahead of the relentless catcher car for as long as possible.
Entrants have 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.Participants will race through the historical centre of Cambridge before heading out to the flat Fenlands surrounding the city, offering the perfect course for fast times.
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. 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.
For more information and to register go to the event website.