On 4 May 2014 at Boschendal Wine Estate in Franschhoek, Western Cape, South African runners of all ages and abilities will join a global adventure when the first WINGS FOR LIFE WORLD RUN kicks off at 12:00pm SAST.
The Wings for Life World Run is unique in its worldwide reach – it gathers runners from 38+ locations on five continents to “run for those who can’t”. Participants will run simultaneously in varying light and weather conditions.
100% of entry fees from the World Run will go to the Wings for Life Foundation, an organisation that funds research into finding a cure for traumatic spinal cord injury.
In South Africa, adding their voices and legs to the cause are actresses Vanessa Haywood and Hlubi Mboya, ultra trail runner Ryan Sandes, C6 quadriplegic super-athlete Pieter du Preez and media personality Ryan O’Connor. They join other World Run ambassadors like former Formula One driver David Couthard, current Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel and surf sports legend Robby Naish among others.
What really makes the race unique is the fact that it isn’t a standard running race with no actual finish line. A ‘catcher car’ will instead, chase down runners – allowing each runner the opportunity to set their own goal for the race. One could run as little as 5kms or, if quick enough to stay ahead of the catcher car for long enough, 48kms. Once a catcher car overtakes a runner their race is over.
Locally, the World Run is proudly supported by two influential South African organisations that firmly believe that finding a cure for spinal cord injuries would change the lives of thousands of our citizens. The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) and the Chris Burger Petro Jackson (CBPJ) Player’s Fund both play an integral role in driving spinal cord injury awareness.
Ari Seirlis of QASA explains: “Achieving a cure for spinal cord injury is the dream of every person with this extreme disability, and this can only be accomplished through research. QASA, representing quadriplegics and paraplegics in South Africa, supports all efforts to fund research and so we are thrilled to be involved in the Wings for Life World Run.”
“In addition to raising funds, events like the Wings for Life World Run are so important to increase public awareness of spinal cord injury and how it results in mobility impairment. We urge members of the public to get involved in the World Run, and stay involved so that together we are advocates for better resources, more research and better infrastructure for South Africans with disabilities.”
For more details and to register, please visit www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/capetown. Entry to the South African leg of the WINGS FOR LIFE WORLD RUN costs R250 with 100% of the entrance fee going to the Wings for Life foundation. Entries close on 20 April 2014.
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