On May 3, thousands of runners across the world will all set off at the same time. They won’t only be competing against each other: they’ll be running for those who can’t run themselves. The Wings For Life World Run is the largest global charity event dedicated to spinal research. To take part, visit wingsforlifeworldrun.com.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
Participants set off at the same time at 35 locations around the world. The Catcher Car, which reels in runners from the rear, starts 30 minutes later. The last runner to be caught by the Catcher Car wins.
WINGS FOR LIFE WORLD RUN 2014 RECORDS
21: Top speed in mph of the Catcher Car breathing down the runners’ necks.
48.82: Distance run in miles by last year’s champion, Lemawork Ketema.
164: Nations represented in 32 countries on six continents.
92: Age in years of last year’s oldest runner, Michael Selinger.
35,397: Number of runners in Wings For Life World Run 2014, all raising money for spinal cord research.