Race for a good cause with the Wings for Life World Run

Lace up and join 25 ci­ties around the world in run­ning to raise money for spinal cord re­search

Good (UAE) - - THE GOOD LIFE -

Don’t think you’re fit enough to run a race for char­ity? That’s the beauty of the Wings for Life World Run, a global ini­tia­tive that, in the last three years, has prompted more than 280,000 peo­ple from all over the world to raise money for spinal cord re­search.

In­stead of a set dis­tance and a fin­ish line, run­ners set off from the start, then 30 min­utes later a “catcher car” or mov­ing fin­ish line, sets off to chase them along the course. As soon as the car catches up with you, your run is over and you leave the course. The last run­ners to be caught by the car are crowned the win­ners, with the cur­rent world record set at an im­pres­sive 88.44km.

The nov­elty of the race is that it truly is a world run: par­tic­i­pants from 25 ci­ties, in­clud­ing Dubai, Mel­bourne, Pre­to­ria and Cam­bridge, all set off at 11am UTC (Uni­ver­sal Co­or­di­nated Time) – so while Dubai’s race gets go­ing at 3pm lo­cal time, it’s al­ready 9pm for Mel­bourne’s run­ners.

Sign up for this year’s race is now open, with ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion be­fore May 4 es­sen­tial, and all of the money raised goes to the Wings for Life Spinal Cord Re­search Foun­da­tion, with par­tic­i­pants en­cour­aged to “run for those who can’t”.

May 7

Start lo­ca­tion to be an­nounced, Dubai, 3pm, Dhs195. wings­for­life­worl­drun.com

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