10 days countdown to Wings for Life World Run
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In ten days’ time, tens of thousands of runners around the world will set off on a history-making journey in a simultaneous global race for charity in 32 different countries. On May 4 runners of all ages and abilities from 136 nations will take part in the first-ever Wings for Life World Run. The top prize will be an extraordinary month-long trip around the world for the best male and female runners. Although some races are already full there is still time to register for the once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The remarkable feature of the first global sporting event of its kind is that a moving finish line will be chasing the runners from behind instead of the runners dashing towards a fixed finish line. It will start at precisely 10am UTC and will end hours later when the last male and female runner is caught by one of the Catcher Cars.
Those amazing athletes will be crowned global winners of the first Wings for Life World Run. They will win an unforgettable highlight-filled journey that features stops in Salzburg, Istanbul, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Sydney, Fiji, Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro. The red carpets will be rolled out for the winners at all these stops with priceless experiences ranging from aerobatic flights to meetings with sporting and business legends.
The aim of this truly global happening is to raise funds for spinal cord research. Although the run is open to participants 18 years or older of all levels, shapes, sizes and abilities there are several favorites to win the race like Takahiro Sunada, a Japanese ultramarathon runner who holds the world record for 100 kilometers (6:13:33) as well as three-time ultramarathon world champion Giorgio Calcaterra of Italy. Sunada will be running in the race in Austria while Calcaterra will be running in Italy. And they will not be the only ones battling for a win.
Hundreds of top athletes from a wide range of sports and countries have already signed up to support and participate at the race. Red Bull Racing’s three-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany is one of the Wings of Life World Run ambassadors and supports this race as well as former Formula One team owner Eddie Jordan (Ireland) and Alpine skiing champion Lindsey Vonn (USA). Among the world’s top athletes who will take part in the race are former Formula One racer Mark Webber (Australia), Aksel Lund Svidal (Norway), Steve Hooker (Australia), pole vaulter and Olympic gold medalist, rugby legend Dan Carter (New Zealand), windsurfing hero Robbie Naish (USA), Red Bull Air Race World Champion pilot Hannes Arch (Austria) and actor-model Wang Li Ya will be taking part in Taiwan.
With just 10 days left and some races already full its time to sign up at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com.