The Wings for Life was founded by Heinz Kinigadner, a two-time motocross world champion, and Dietrich Mateschitz, the founder of Red Bull.
Kinigadner’s son got into an accident in 2003 that left him tetraplegic, an incident that prompted these two men to create a foundation to raise money towards finding a cure to an injury that was highly underfunded – “Wings For Life”, a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation
The Wings For Life World Run is a global running and wheelchair event that is open for athletes of all abilities; from beginners, to professional runners, to wheelchair users. This is a unique concept that brings everyone together – 35 cities across 32 countries, and 6 different continents, all simultaneously host a racing event. Participants from locations worldwide will be running at the same time (11 am UTC), on the same day (May 3rd 2015)
“The world will run as one”
The unique part of this race is that there is no finish line; you won’t know how much you will be running until the actual race. A Catcher Car will start the chase 30 minutes after the start of the race, and it is not until it passes you that your race is over. You could end up running a 5k, a 10k, or even a marathon. When the catcher car passes you, you will be transported back to the starting area so you could celebrate taking part of such an amazing race with all the other participants. Last year, the event raised $4.1 million for the Wings For Life Foundation
The 2015 edition of the Wings For life World Run welcomed new countries, including the UAE
- Date: May 3rd 2015
- Time: 15:00 local time (Dubai, UAE)
- Average temperature: 30 C, and 50% humidity – Hydrate yourself properly
- Track: Whatever distance you want it to be
- Participants: Anyone over the age of 18 and wheelchair users.
- Fee: 150 dhs (100% of the entry fee goes to spinal cord research)
- Registration: https://registration.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/ae/ar/dubai/registration?execution=e1s1
Log on to the link above, register to this incredible running experience, get out there, and run for those who can’t.