The Wings for Life World Run is coming back to Sunrise, Florida for the sixth consecutive year on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Registration is now officially open for those who would like to participate and become one of hundreds of thousands of people bringing the world together to run for those who can’t, wherever you are.
South Florida’s run has long been a staple of the charity event that contributes every cent raised towards finding a cure for spinal cord injury through the Wings for Life Foundation. Already the foundation has funded 191 projects globally with that one goal in mind – finding a cure.
Once again, thousands of people are expected to run in Sunrise, making up just a small percentage of those participating all over the world on May 5. Runners, walkers, and wheelchair participants across the planet will all start racing at exactly the same time ahead of the event’s ‘Catcher Car’ finish line.
In the Wings for Life World Run’s unique format, you don’t head to a finish line. Instead, the finish line chases you! When the catcher car passes you, your race is done and it’s time to celebrate. So, whether walking, running or rolling a wheelchair, participants can set personal goals and make the race their own.
Anyone from beginners to international athletes can sign up and take part of the special day. Colin Jackson, a 60m hurdles world record holder, is the event sports director. He said: “The Wings for Life World Run is a truly global event open to all ability of runners and wheelchair competitors in the name of making a truly groundbreaking difference in spinal cord research.”
If you want to participate but cannot make it to Sunrise, there are other ways to get involved:
– The Organized App Run: If you register to run with the virtual Catcher Car of the Wings for Life World Run App, you can set up your own run with friends and family or join one of the other organized groups forming around the world; offering a chance for camaraderie whether close to home or in a dream destination.
– The Individual App Run: For maximum flexibility, those who sign up to use the Wings for Life World Run App can also decide to participate individually on race day; setting their own course to run wherever they want, wherever they are.
Spinal cord injury research projects and clinical trials are in progress, but they need your help to continue and find a cure. Wednesday, October 3 marks the date you can sign up for the May 5, 2019 race, and offers special early bird pricing for sign-ups. You can learn more and register through the event website: www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com.
About the 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 the 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 a cure is still to be found, steady progress has been made. One hundred percent of the Wings for Life World Run entry fees and fundraising from this global running event will help work toward Wings for Life’s ultimate goal. Every step taken at the Wings for Life World Run and with the Wings for Life World Run App is a step in the right direction – http://www.wingsforlife.com
About the Wings for Life World Run
On one day each year the Wings for Life World Run is held simultaneously in numerous locations and via the App across the world, everyone starting at the same time, whether day or night, and all with the same goal – to raise money for the Wings for Life Foundation. Under its unique format, participants run as far as they can until they are passed by a moving finish line, the “Catcher Car,” which chases runners along the course or virtual in the App, gradually getting faster until each participant has been caught. This moving finish line allows participants of any ability to complete the run – the slower ones are passed early while ultra athletes go on for hours. 100% of entry fees and donations goes toward helping to find a cure for spinal cord injury; and in the fifth editions since it was launched in 2014, the World Run has attracted more than 500,000 people from 193 nationalities to participate in more than 66 countries across all seven continents.