Wings for Life, a global spinal cord research foundation, is calling on runners across the United Kingdom to run for those who can’t on Sunday 3rd May, as part of a unique 2020 edition of the Wings for Life App Run. We previously featured the events HERE.
In the Wings for Life World Run, participants run for those who can’t: people affected by spinal cord injury. This year’s seventh edition of the run will be unique. On May 3, all participants will start precisely at 11:00am UTC (12pm UK time). But they will each run on their own against a virtual Catcher Car on the Wings for Life World Run App. Separated by distance, yet united in spirit.
With the research foundations organised events across the globe cancelled due to COVID-19, Wings for Life will attempt to make up for crucial fundraising losses as participants are encouraged to take part in the run by themselves. 100% of entry fees and donations go toward spinal cord injury research.
Colin Jackson, the Olympic silver medalist in hurdling who is International Sports Director of the Wings for Life World Run, says, “I have been touched by the passion of our participants for this great cause, this year more than ever. We’re especially excited to offer this opportunity at a time when so many people have not been able to participate in the joy of mass running events due to the need for social distancing. The run with the App enables everyone to participate individually.”
The Wings for Life World Run raises funds for the not-for-profit foundation Wings for Life, which has funded 211 research projects in 19 countries. Runners of all levels are welcome, and across the six editions completed so far, more than 620,000 registered participants from 193 nationalities have run, walked and rolled in over 70 countries across all seven continents, raising €26.5 million for the good cause.
“Worldwide, millions of people are affected by spinal cord injury, but breakthroughs have begun to happen, and the research continues,” Jackson emphasizes. “Holding the run gives supporters something they can do, right now, to help find a cure. That’s so uplifting.”
Everyone can immerse themselves in the good feeling of the Wings for Life World Run by following its Live Experience online. The Live Experience will be available throughout Race Day at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com, beginning at 6:00am UTC.
With registration open until one hour before the official start time of 11:00am UTC, anyone can join the Wings for Life World Run community to run for those who can’t on May 3, 2020.
Each participant runs by themselves, but accompanied by an exciting audio experience as the virtual ‘Catcher Car’ catches up to them and finishes their race. The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store ahead of the event.
COVID-19 information: All potential participants in the Wings for Life World Run are required to comply with the regulations in their local area.
Participants in the UK are encouraged to begin their run from their house, avoiding unnecessary travel or congregating at a public space. As per government guidance on social distancing, competitors should keep two metres apart from anyone outside their household and take necessary hygiene precautions before and after the run.
When following the Wings for Life App Run’s audio updates, Wings for Life recommend participants use one headphone or their phone’s speaker to ensure they’re aware of their surroundings.
To sign up to the Wings for Life App Run go to www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com.