Get ready for the 2019 Wings for Life World Run, where every participant is a winner. Set to take place on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Irene Agricultural Farm, the World Run is a global charity event with 100 percent of all entry fees and donations raised going directly to the Wings for Life Foundation, which has funded nearly 200 global projects with the purpose of finding a cure for spinal cord injuries.
The Wings for Life World Run first got the world running as one in 2014 and continues to bring people from all walks of life together in support of an incredibly worthy cause, encouraging people to run for those who can’t. More than half a million participants have already run in the past five events to help fund ground-breaking research.
“Research shows that there are about 250 000 new cases of traumatic SCI every year, leaving patients paralysed mostly from the waist down and often from the neck down too,” says Paralympian and World Run Ambassador Pieter du Preez. “Every year the World Run helps us get a step closer to finding a cure, but we need the assistance of global citizens to take up the challenge and help us fund the research.”
The concept of the World Run is simple: one day each year, the Wings for Life World Run takes place at locations across the world. Every participant starts at exactly 11h00 UTC, which is 13h00 in South African time. Half an hour into the race, a Catcher Car begins to chase participants, gradually increasing in speed until the last runner is caught.
People of all ages, abilities and fitness levels are welcome to participate by walking, running, or rolling a wheelchair. Whether it’s day or night, bright sun or pouring rain at your location, you’re running together with the world and sharing an amazing experience. Your name shows up on a global result list, too!
“The Wings for Life World Run truly is a global event open to runners and wheelchair competitors of all abilities in the name of making a ground-breaking difference in spinal cord research,” says Colin Jackson, event sports director and two-time athletics world champion.
Sign up and take part in the global movement to find a cure for SCI. You can set your own goals, run anywhere on the planet and share in the fun of a simultaneous worldwide event.
Details for Wings for Life World Run 2019 South Africa:
When: Sunday, May 5
Time: 13h00 local time
Where: Irene Agricultural Farm
Entry fee: R175 per person