SUNDAY 4TH MAY 2014: The world will run on May 4th 2014 at the Wings for Life World Run when tens of thousands of runners from 164 nations will set off on a history making journey in a simultaneous global race for charity on 34 tracks in 32 different countries.
For the first time ever runners around the world will take part in a race that will play out simultaneously on 6 continents and in 13 time zones, come rain, show or shine, in order to raise money for spinal chord research.
Celebrities supporting the Wings for Life World Run:
· Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull Racing’s four-time Formula One World Champion & Wings of Life World Run ambassadors
· Lindsey Vonn (USA) Alpine skiing champion
· Mark Webber (Australia) former Formula One racer
· David Coulthard (Great Britain) former Formula One racer
· Aksel Lund Svidal (Norway), World Cup alpine ski racer
· Dan Carter (New Zealand), rugby legend
· Wang Li Ya (Taiwan), actor-model
· Robbie Naish (USA), windsurfing hero
· Mick Fanning (Australian), professional surfer and triple world champion
· Marcel Hirscher (Austria), World Cup alpine ski racer
· Thomas Morgenstern (Austria), ski jumper
· Dion Phaneuf (Canada), professional ice hockey player
· Luc Alphand (France), World Cup alpine ski racer
· Natascha Badmann (Switzerland), first European woman to win Ironman Triathlon World
· Marcus Hellner (Sweden), cross-country skier
Celebrities, hobby joggers, marathon runners, triathletes and ultra-marathon runners will set off at precisely the same time (10 am UTC / GMT) across the globe. Some will be running towards the sunrise, some will be running into the sunset, some will be running at night and some starting at noon.
There will be no fixed finish line. Instead, a moving finish line will be chasing the runners from behind. Catcher Cars will start 30 minutes behind the runners and move at the exact same pace to gradually catch the fields of runners. When the Catcher Car passes a runner, his or her race is over. The last man and last women standing will be crowned the winners and, along with one participant chosen at random from the field, will win the grand prize of an extraordinary month-long journey around the world
The runners will be chasing a dream that one day spinal cord injury can be made a thing of the past. Wings for Life aims to raise awareness of spinal cord damage and money for spinal cord research.“Running for those who can’t” is the slogan behind the most incredible sports happening ever that will link runners of all abilities with state-of-the-art equipment.
Race Facts and figures:
· There are 34 starting lines in 32 countries over 6 continents
· Age of participants range from 18 – 92 years old
· 11 tons of bananas will be eaten by runners during the event
· 100,000 litres of water will be drunk by runners during the event
· The race involves over 10,000 volunteers worldwide
· 2 world record champions fighting for the win: Calcaterra of Italy and Sunada from Japan
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