Wings for Life Run World, a unique race, took place at the weekend with runners competing at the same time all around the world.
100,000 runners and wheelchair participants took part at over 200 locations in 66 countries, covering 934,484km! Together they were all raising funds for the Wings for Life World Run charity for spinal cord injury research.
In the UK Adam Holland (at the Richmond run) and Ewa Mitka (at Cambridge) were the fastest man and woman. Adam completed just under 52km before the catcher car caught up with him and Ewa covered 36km.
Adam, an ultra runner from Devon, said “Today’s been great and I’m really chuffed with my result. In this heat, I was struggling for six miles but my family and friends who all came out to support me really kept me motivated and I just tried to keep it steady.”
Swedish wheelchair athlete Aron Anderson and Portuguese runner Vera Nunes were crowned Global Champions. Aron covered 89.85km and Vera 53.78km.
Among those supporting or taking part on Sunday all around the world were seven runners from the Amazon in traditional clothing, a prime minister, and sports celebrities like Formula One legend Niki Lauda, Dakar Rally winner Matthias Walkner, three-time Ironman World Champion Daniela Ryf and America’s Cup winner Jimmy Spithill, as well as Paralympic and Olympic Champions including record-setting skier Aksel Lund Svindal, who “drove” the Virtual Catcher Car of the Wings for Life World Run App.
If this sounds like fun – and trust us, we’ve done it and it really is! – next year’s event will take place on May 5th. For registration alerts, along with complete 2018 global results, the full race broadcast on demand and more: www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com
One hundred percent of entry fees and donations raised in the Wings for Life World Run – over 3,000,000 euros in the 2018 edition alone, with more still coming in – goes to leading-edge research funded by the nonprofit Wings for Life foundation.