On May 8, the third-annual Wings for Life World Run - the world’s only synchronized global race - will no longer be limited to the official 34 locations around the world. Now, people everywhere are invited to join the world through the Wings for Life World Run – Selfie Run app.
Participants like reigning Ironman World Champion Daniela Ryf plan to create a Selfie Run wherever they are, attempt to stay ahead of a virtual Catcher Car, and race at exactly the same time as everyone else worldwide.
Produced by Red Bull, the Wings for Life World Run has pioneered the concept of a ‘Catcher Car’ format, a signature innovation in which a vehicle gives runners a head start and then pursues the field at a predetermined pace until the last man and woman are caught and declared Global Champions. Now that same feature is available through the Selfie Run. While the app is free to download, Selfie Run participants have the opportunity to donate money through the app, with 100% of all donations going toward finding a cure for spinal cord injury. Over the first two years of this ambitious global endeavor, a grand total of $8.8 million has been raised.
Because all participants will eventually be caught by the pursuing finish line (the Catcher Car), everyone from beginners to dedicated athletes to competitors in everyday wheelchairs are guaranteed to finish the race and make a difference.
Ryf, a pro triathlete, two-time Swiss Olympian and the 2015 women’s Ironman World Champion, explains, “The great thing is that you are still part of the vast range of runners in the global event. The announcers on the worldwide livestream report on the Selfie Runners, your social followers are with you and the virtual Catcher Car feels so real. I think being a Selfie Runner is going to be incredibly fun and satisfying for runners out there because you’ll not only prove to yourself what you can do, but you’ll know the money you raise will make a difference. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Selfie Runners can also use the Wings for Life World Run app – available for free on iOS and Android in the App Store (search: Selfie Run) – to train for the big day and share real-time results with supporters on May 8.
Registration for Wings for Life World Run 2016 is open now, and everyone of all abilities is welcome to sign up. For information on the Selfie Run, visit www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com, or to download editorial content, visit the Wings for Life World Run Newsroom.
About Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation Worldwide, millions of people are dependent on a wheelchair after having sustained a spinal cord injury, most often as the result of a traffic accident or a fall. Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation with the single mission to find a cure for spinal cord injury. Since 2004, Wings for Life has funded life-changing research projects and clinical trials around the globe. While the cure has yet to be found, steady progress has been made. One hundred percent of the Wings for Life World Run entry fees and all funds raised in this global running event will help work towards Wings for Life’s ultimate goal. Every step taken at the Wings for Life World Run and the new Selfie Run is a step in the right direction – www.wingsforlife.com