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