The Wings for Life World Run will return to Pretoria for a fourth year in May 2017. This is a unique, global sports event that takes place in 24 locations across 23 countries simultaneously, in varying light and weather conditions. It is also the world’s only race that has no finish line. Instead, a catcher car chases down participants, ending their race as the car overtakes them, until one male and one female World Champion remains.
You can choose whether you want to jog for 5km or train for the comrades. Either way, it’s worth entering since you’re also supporting a great cause. Absolutely 100% of all entry fees globally go to the Wings For Life Foundation, which funds research projects determined to improve treatment and therapies for spinal cord injuries and ultimately, a cure.
Early-Bird entries are now open until 15 December 2016, saving entrants R100 on their entry fee. Entries are limited to 5,000 people with the first 3,000 entries receiving a limited-edition Puma running shirt.
Last year, around 2,300 South Africans joined over 130,000 runners for the third WFLWR, raising about R112 million (€6.6 million) for the Wings For Life Foundation.
Paralympian, Laureus nominee and WFLWR Ambassador Pieter du Preez says, “Many spinal cord injuries are preventable as common causes are road traffic crashes, sports injuries, falls or violence. Unfortunately, it is mostly young South Africans in their prime that are injured in this way.”
“Many people with spinal injuries struggle physically, mentally and spiritually – some never come to terms with their new way of living. This is why better therapies, and eventually a cure, are so important.”
“The WFLWR is the only race that unites able-bodied runners and participants in wheelchairs from around the world for a single cause. I can’t wait to take part again in 2017,” says du Preez.
For more information and to enter the race, visit www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com