Returning to Singapore for its eighth year, the Wings For Life World Run is a truly unique global race that is organised by Red Bull. Taking place on 9 May 2021, the race flags off globally at 7pm (SGT/GMT +8) and is open to both runners and wheelchair participants.
Since 2014, thousands of people around the world have been running for those that can’t and have been doing good at the same time: 100% of all entry fees goes to spinal cord research.
The Wings for Life World Run is the perfect run for anyone who just wants to try out running. No specified distance, the possibility to run virtually, and a great listening experience, all help push you towards a personal best.
Just as in 2020, the Wings for Life World Run will be held exclusively via the App. Even if all participants should run individually for themselves, the sense of community and the fun factor at this run is unique. You run alone, but you’re still connected to the global field of participants via the App and the integrated listening experience.
“I think it’s great that the Wings for Life World Run is happening this year no matter what. This means runners already have a goal and motivation at the start of the 2021 running season, both of which are incredibly important for regular training,” said Sebastian Coe, President of World Athletics.
“Running has become an important outlet for many people, especially during these challenging times. And the event also links participants virtually across all national borders. This has always been an important responsibility of sport.
To be a part of the run, participants need to register for the race at http://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/ or simply download the Wings For Life World Run App (Available in iOS/Android) and commence from wherever they please.
The run will flag off at the same time globally with runners and wheelchair users starting at exactly the same time of 11:00 UTC / 19:00 SGT for a truly synchronised race.
Instead of a finish line, participants must keep ahead of the virtual Catcher Car within the Wings For Life app. The virtual Catcher Car takes off 30 minutes after the start gun and begins its chase of participants, starting at speed of 15km/h.
The Catcher Car increases its speed steadily until all the participants are caught, for a truly competitive and social marathon. It is game over for the competitor once the Catcher Car overtakes them.
Once passed by the Catcher Car, participants have successfully completed the run. Everyone is a finisher in the Wings for Life World Run.
With the App, participants can observe social distancing measures by opting to run by themselves or in small groups but yet remain in a community of 236,000 runners from all over the world in name of a good cause.
So far, a total of 700,000 registered participants from 195 nations has been recorded, 7 million kilometres have been run and close to 30 million euros have been received by Wings for Life in the form of entry fees and donations.