Logistical challenges of the World Run
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The Wings for Life World Run is not a traditional 10k run, nor is it a marathon with a clear finish line. This challenges the conventions of running on a global scale – this race has no fixed finish line for runners from 164 nations, participating in 34 locations in 32 countries across 13 time zones in spring and autumn, day and night. This has never been done before.
Two years in development, the organisational logistics of this journey are epic. The complexity of recording the parallel global results alone needs 110 timekeepers with four tons of timing equipment for the 34 Catcher Cars that will chase the runners. Worldwide, some 200 cameras and 34 TV feeds will bring the extravaganza to a world of supporters and spectators, friends and family on Sunday 4th May.
Gathering experts from different fields, the technological heart of the Wings for Life World Run operation is Global Race Control at Spielberg, Austria -- the Red Bull Ring, the Austrian F1 circuit. Banks of data lines and monitors form the epicenter of the global spectacle under the watchful eye of international sports director Colin Jackson.
The official website is the go-to place to find out who is still running and who has been passed by the Catcher Car. The website will be buzzing with live video stream, live leader board, radio, social media updates, individual runners’ pages and the all-important donate button, spectators, friends and family members will be able to follow, like and share the thrills of the unrivaled global race that has never before been attempted.
With 100% of the entry fees going straight to spinal cord research, the race starts at 10am UTC when runners will compete against each other and run from the moving finish line -- the Catcher Car –- for one reason: to raise funds and attention for spinal