The Wings for Life World Run is a global race event in which by 67 cities participate from around the world, competing at the same time at 4 AM, March 5, in order to raise awareness and cure spinal cord injuries.
Founded by two-time motocross world champion Heinz Kinigadner and Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz, the global race event has gathered more than half a million people whose collective purpose is to raise funds for scientific research. This week was the sixth race since 2014.
Th Wings for Life World Run is a unique and global event where racers are both runners and wheelchair participants. A unique feature of the race is that there is no finish line to run to.
Competitors had to download the Wings for Life World Runs app beforehand in order to participate in the race. At 4 A.M. sharp, each competitor around the world started running either in a pre-arranged track organized by the chosen city, or in a self-arranged track.
The chosen cities in Canada included Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, and Halifax.
30 minutes into the race, the virtual catcher car appeared on the competitors’ phones to trace their track starting at 15km/h and slowly increasing the speed until participants caught on. In other words, the finish line followed them.
As a non-profit organization, Wings for Life gave out 100% of donations and entry fees directly into spinal cord research projects.
Unfortunately, Kelowna has not been selected as a participant city this year, but the entertaining and meaningful quality of the global race itself will gradually be attracting more participants each year to fight for a cure.