The Wings for Life World Run is back! On May 6, runners and wheelchair hand cyclists from across the globe will run in support of finding a cure for spinal cord injuries (SCI). All entry fees are donated to the Wings for Life Spinal Research Foundation. The local chapter of the event will be hosted at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, Tshwane.
At 13h00, South Africans will join the rest of the world in running for SCI and away from the Catcher Car. Unlike a traditional race, participants are not running on time, but kilometres. A half hour into the race, the Catcher Car will depart driving the same speed for an hour. Thereafter, it will slowly increase in speed. When the Catcher Car passes a runner, they have passed the finish line.
Come rain or shine, wind or snow, participants all over the world show up to walk, run or roll along the pre-determined course, trying to stay ahead of the Catcher. Not able to make it to Centurion? No problem!
For those not participating in the official race, the Wings for Life World Run App enables anyone around the globe to be part of the global movement. By activating the App, runners can take part in the World Run, chased by a virtual Catcher Car, at the same time as all Wings for Life World Runners across the globe. You can download the App via Google Play or iTunes and set your own course.
“Our goal this year is to encourage even more South Africans to join the run. We need you, no matter who you are, to pledge your support and enter to take part in the run, and encourage your friends and family to enter too! The more people we have participating, the better our chances of finding a cure for SCI,” Du Preez says.
Entries are open and available at http://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/za/en/pretoria/. Entry fees are R175. Join the Wings for Life team in Centurion or download the App and be a part of the movement that raised over R97 million in 2017 and saw runners from 189 nationalities running across the globe.
If you planning on joining in on the fun, keep an eye out for the ROLLING INSPIRATION team on the day. Come say hi, take a photograph with us and help find a cure for SCI.