Catch me if you can!
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.”
CAN’T MAKE IT? TAKE PART IN THE SELFIE RUN
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.
Find out which famous face will be behind the wheel of the catcher car in your city here:
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.
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
11.00 UTC – RACE START
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)