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Wing For Life

Around the world, millions of people depend on a wheelchair after suffering a spinal cord injury, often as a result of a car accident or fall. Wings for Life is a nonprofit foundation with the sole goal of finding a cure for spinal cord injuries. Since 2004, Wings for Life has been funding research projects and clinical trials around the world, and despite the fact that a cure has not yet been found, steady and encouraging progress has been made over the past two decades.

Wing For Life World Run

Since 2014, Wings for Life World Run has been the world’s largest charity running event, held annually at the same time worldwide, to support research for a cure for spinal cord injury.

The race has an unique format: there is no finish line to reach and every participant is a finisher. In fact, 30 minutes after the starting signal, Catcher Cars-real or virtual depending on whether one is participating in a Flagship Event or an App Run Event-move in pursuit of the runners and gradually accelerate until they catch up and overtake the participants, one after the other. Each runner ends their run when they are caught up by the Catcher Car.

The Wings for Life World Run has an inclusive approach: you don’t have to be a professional athlete or runner, everyone can participate in this solidarity run, even amateurs, novice runners and wheelchair participants. All together on the same starting line and following the same route, regardless of level, but above all united for the same cause: supporting spinal cord injury research.
Every step taken at the Wings for Life World Run is a step in the right direction, as 100 percent of registration fees and donations go to spinal cord injury research:
Since 2014 to date, a total of 1,293,716 participants from 195 nationalities have taken part in the Wings for Life World Run, thanks to which a total of €43.8 million has been raised entirely for scientific research.