I came across a very interesting race from my friend Max recently. This race is not like anything that you’ve probably every heard of.
The Wings For Life World Run is unique due to it being a “global adventure“, taking place at the same time in up to 40 locations all around the world.
100% of the race proceeds go to the Wings For Life Foundation which funds research into curing spinal cord injury.
The race is also unique due to there being no set distance, time or finish line.
Here is how it works: (from Wings for Life)
Routes will be defined but runners will not be running a set distance, as unlike normal races the finish line is chasing them rather than them running towards it; in short you know where you start, but you do not know your finish. This is how it works: half an hour after the start signal sounds and the first runners leave the start line official catcher cars will simultaneously set off at each course, pursuing the runners. This pace will accelerate at determined intervals to a rigid global schedule. When the catcher car passes a runner their race is over and its time to catch the shuttle back to start area and celebrate.
Some Info About the Race:
- The race will take place on May 4, 2014 at 10 AM UTC and equivalent times around the world.
- The race is for runners of All Levels
- Must be 18 years of age or older to participate
I’m debating whether or not to participate in this race and there are a couple of reasons why I am not sure what to do.
- The closest location for me to particpate is Atlantic City, New Jersey. The start time for my location would be 5:00 AM which is a really early!
- The past 2 years I’ve ran in The North Face Endurance Race in Bear Mountain, NY which takes place the same day as the World Run this year. I was hoping to do so again this year. Check out my posts about running in the race in 2012 and 2013.
So what do you think I should do? Try out a new race or go for 3 years in a row in a familiar one.
Find out more about the Wings For Life World Run HERE.