100 Days to go until the Wings for Life World Run: REGISTER NOW

Friday 24 January 2014, 3:36PM
By Red Bull New Zealand Ltd.

Enthusiasm is building as the world’s most spectacular running race will take place in exactly 100 days, on May 4, 2014. Thousands of runners will set off on a unique race staged simultaneously on 37 different courses in 35 different countries, on 6 continents. The Wings for Life World Run aims to raise funds for spinal cord research and will start precisely at 9pm in New Zealand, and at the exact same time in locations across the globe.

Located only 45 minutes from the heart of Auckland City, the New Zealand track of the Wings for Life World Run will start at Hampton Downs raceway. This gives runners a unique opportunity to begin their journey on one of New Zealand’s premium racetracks. Participants can register online at 100% of the $75 entry fee goes towards cutting-edge research projects aimed at healing the injured spinal cord.

Open to participants of all levels, shapes, sizes, abilities and ages, the outstanding feature of the first such global sporting event is that the moving finish line will be chasing the racers from behind instead of the racers running towards a set finish line. Exactly 30 minutes after the runners begin, official Catcher Cars will set off behind the packs in pursuit of the runners. When a Catcher Car passes a runner, their race is over. The last man and last woman running will be declared the winners.

“What is exciting about the Wings for Life World Run is that it actually has a starting line, but there is no finish line, and I think that concept is magic,” said Olympic medalist Colin Jackson, who is the Wings for Life World Run Sports Director. “You could be in New Zealand, you could be in South Africa, you could be in Great Britain. The races all start at the same time.”

The starting time will present a special challenge to runners in New Zealand, as well as in Australia and South Korea, who will be starting late in the day and running through the night. Those on the west coast of the United States will be starting in the middle of the night and running for hours before sunrise.

The world’s first and only simultaneous global endurance event starts at some of the most spectacular locations around the world. Some of the breath-taking routes pass through deserts, while others traverse some of the most attractive country sides and others follow scenic coastlines. Jackson said some of his favourite race tracks include the stretch between Ft. Lauderdale, Florida into the Everglades, the run at Silverstone in Britain, as well as the route in Chile. “A mass of runners at beautiful locations. It’s going to be sensational” he said.

More than 216 top athletes from a wide range of sports and countries have already signed up to support and participate in the race. Wings for Life World Run ambassadors include Giorgio Calcaterra, Italian ultra-marathon runner and three-time world champion of the 100 km, and Australian pro surfer and triple world champion Mick Fanning.

Runners can start their #100DAYCHALLENGE by registering on now.