Now that’s a car chase!
Arguably the world’s most innovative race, the Wings for Life World Run returns to Australia in 2016. The international event, spanning six continents and 34 locations, will see runners stride from the start line on 8 May 2016 at 11am UTC.
This year, over 100,000 participants are expected to compete at the exact same time, regardless of their location, meaning some competitors will run from sundown to sunrise while others will run sunrise to sunset. Australian runners will commence their race in Melbourne at 9pm AEST, running through the night and into the early morning.
Open to runners of all abilities, ages and nationalities, the Wings for Life World Run is a test of stamina and endurance in which the finish line chases the runners. Thirty minutes into the race, ‘Catcher Cars’ are released and speed up as the race progresses. Once a runner is passed by the Catcher Car, electronic sensors register the athlete’s chips, meaning their race is over.
The female and male winners of 2015’s Melbourne leg, Kelly-Ann Varey (AUS) and Michael Wardian (USA), completed 50km and 70km respectively, contributing a significant amount to the 530,928 kilometres that were run in total. In 2016, Melbourne welcomes ‘Naked Traveller’ Tyson Mayr to the start line.
The Wings for Life World Run was founded in support of the not-for-profit Wings for Life Foundation, a charity that funds spinal cord research projects internationally for the millions of people around the world living with a spinal cord injury and 250,000 people each year who will sustain new spinal cord injuries. With 100 per cent of entry fees going directly to the foundation, 2015 saw AUD $6 million raised for the cause.
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Source: Wings for Life Foundation