Held this week, on 8 May 2016, the third annual Wings for Life World Run was the ‘biggest and most emotional yet’. Global Champions Kaori Yoshida of Japan and Giorgio Calcaterra of Italy smashed course records, with women’s titleholder Yoshida running 65.71km before being passed by the Catcher Car finish line, and Calcaterra pushing to 88.44km to top the men’s field.
In all, people of 203 nationalities signed up for the race; with an unprecedented number of registered participants – 130,732 across 34 official race locations, plus 20,556 confirmed Selfie Runners – as well as sponsors and other donors, raising €6.6 million for spinal cord injury research.
Registration is now open for many locations of the next Wings for Life World Run, taking place on 7 May 2017 – and the organizers note that more than 1,500 people have already signed up for next year.
Wings for Life World Run facts & figures:
34 official locations across 33 countries
12 time zones
Amount raised to support spinal cord research
130,732 registered participants
20,556 Selfie Runners
Men’s Global Champion Giorgio Calcaterra: 88.44km
Women’s Global Champion Kaori Yoshida: 65.71km
Combined distance of all participants worldwide: 1,255,000km
Temperature extremes at start
Hottest: Ahmedabad, India 42ºC
Coldest: Niagara Falls, Canada 5.6ºC
Bananas: 28 tons
Water: 140,000 litres
68 Catcher Cars worldwide