Wings for Life World Run

Catch me if you can! 

Formula One ace David Coulthard, daredevil Felix Baumgartner or Paris-Dakar champion Marc Coma will be among the 35 Catcher Car drivers chasing tens of thousands of runners in the second Wings for Life World Run! Find out who you will be running against here! 

David Coulthard

David Coulthard

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 May 3 is the big day, and it will be a day of fun for all involved, both on foot and behind the wheel with a number of familiar faces taking over catcher car duty. 

Scotland’s David Coulthard, for example, has built a career on blistering speeds and being first to the finishing line, but at the Wings for Life World Run next month, a more sedate pace will have his heart pounding like never before.

“I love the irony of it”, said Coulthard, a veteran of over 240 Formula One races. ”I spent my life putting the pedal to the metal, and here I am at Silverstone driving at a dizzying 15 km/h. But the best part about my race day is that I know I will eventually overtake my former team mate Mark Webber, who is running at Silverstone.” 

“To me, sports is about setting a goal. My goal is to be the last driver out there on May 3.” 
Felix Baumgartner, who will be catching you at the Wings for Life World Run in Bucharest


This year, the Wings for Life World Run offers you the chance to take part even if you can’t get to one of the 35 global locations for the official run with the new Selfie Run. Wherever you are, you have the chance to compare your performance with other people around the globe running their own Wings for Life World Run Selfie Run. Register here.

Also new, the free Wings for Life World Run App is additionally available for training: 
For iPhone & iPad: WorldRunAPPiOS
For Android: WorldRunAPPAndroid

Find out which famous face will be behind the wheel of the catcher car in your city here: 

“By the time we caught up with Lemawork, we were joking about having to find a petrol station if he kept on running.”
Franz Wittmann

Wings for Life World Run

© Philip Platzer for Wings for Life World Run

Last year, rally driver Franz Wittmann was the last man driving when he caught the first ever global champion, Ethiopian Lemawork Ketema, after an astonishing five hours and 78 kilometres of pounding the cement at the run in Donautal, Lower Austria.

“By the time we caught up with Lemawork, we were joking about having to find a petrol station if he kept on running,” Wittman said. With great runners around the world in 2015, this could be a long day at the office for the drivers chasing them.


South African rally driver Giniel De Villiers will be driving the catcher car at the Wings for Life World Run on May 3 at 13:00 local time in Cape Town, South Africa. 

How it works

Catcher Cars on all race tracks will leave the start line 30 minutes after the runners start the Wings for Life World Run and proceed to an accelerating global speed schedule


11.30 UTC – CATCHER CAR START – PACE of 15km/hr (approx. 9.3 mph)

12.30 UTC – PACE INCREASE: 16 kph (9.94 mph)

13.30 UTC – PACE INCREASE: 17 kph (10.56 mph)

14.30 UTC – PACE INCREASE: 20 kph (12.43 mph)

16.30 UTC – PACE INCREASE to 35 kph (approx. 21.75 mph)

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04 2015

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