The biggest run in the world takes place this weekend

by Lorraine Williamson
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Sunday 8 May, various parks throughout Spain will be filled with people. In Valencia, at the park of the Turia River, in Madrid, at the Juan Carlos I park, and in Barcelona at the Passeig Mare Nostrum 14. However, there are sections of the track in Barcelona that are difficult to access for wheelchair users. Everyone will have one thing in common – they will be taking part in the Wings for Life World Run.

These are the three main venues within Spain, but the race will take place at the same time in different countries all over the world. If you are not near one of these locations, you can download the app, and run with friends in your local area. The largest race in the world will start at 1.00 pm in each country. 

Wings for Life World Run

The Wings for Life World Run is a worldwide running competition that has been held on the first weekend of May since 2014. The purpose of the event is to raise money for the Wings for Life foundation. The registration fee for the participants – both runners and wheelchair participants – goes entirely to the foundation. It conducts research into the not-for-profit foundation Wings for Life. And their goal is to find a cure for spinal cord injuries

Instead of a finish line, participants race side by side to stay ahead of the virtual Catcher Car. Now in its ninth year, on May 8, 2022, Wings for Life World Run participants in Spain will also be able to run together in Valencia, Madrid, and Barcelona. 

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New format APP

Runners use a new format APP Run on their mobile phones. Anyone can sign up for this event and run, no matter where you are in the world. 

The most fun starts half an hour after the start of the race: the virtual Catcher Car starts its journey at a speed of 14 km/h and “catches” the participants until it reaches the last one. All entrants can enjoy refreshments, music, and their Wings For Life World Run t-shirts after the race. 

Download the APP

Meet your friends, download the Wings for Life World Run app and join all the other people running until the virtual Catcher Car catches up with you. The race starts exactly at 1.00 pm. The Virtual Catcher Car departs 30 minutes after the start at 14 km/h and steadily increases its speed until the last athletes are caught. 100% of all donations and entrance fees go directly to spinal cord research projects. 

The ninth edition of the Wings for Life World Run aims to surpass the numbers it achieved last year. Then 184,236 runners from 195 different nationalities took part. 

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