Spinal cord injury in spotlight at Wings for Life World Run

Wings for Life World RunLast Sunday runners all around the world came together for the Wings for Life World Run. 101,280 registered athletes took to the streets in 35 cities for what was a truly global race.

What made the race even more unique is that all runners set off at the same time, 11am UTC (9pm AEST). As if that wasn’t enough, the race had no finish line. Instead, the runners were followed by a Catcher Car, which left 30 minutes after the start at 15km/h and steadily increased its speed until the last athletes were caught.

Wings for Life World Run at nightThe race was in aid of Wings for Life, a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation with a mission to find a cure for spinal cord injury. While the cure is still to be found, steady progress has been made. All entry fees from the Wings for Life World Run go directly to the foundation and as a result of the 2015 race an impressive €4.2 million was raised!

The Australian edition of the Wings for Life World Run took place in Melbourne at Elwood Park where more than 3,000 runners braved the cold.

SpinChat presenter Rhiannon, who is an ambassador for the Wings for Life World Run, rolled an impressive 8km and an Independence Australia team member managed more than 12km before the catcher car brought an end to their race.
The global winner, Lemawork Ketema from Ethiopia, completed an astounding 79.9km in St Polten Austria.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in Melbourne and around the world. Your support ensures progress continues in finding a cure for spinal cord injury.

We hope to see you all on the start line next year, whether it's running or rolling!