Tag: Wings for Life World Run
The sixth edition of the Wings for Life World Run was the biggest yet, as some 120 000 runners from across the globe came together to run for those who can’t. This is what went down.
Emotions were powerful as David Mzee of Switzerland, who has been paralyzed for years due to spinal cord injury, walked across a start line in Zug at today’s global Wings for Life World Run. And the excitement stayed high until, hours later, Ivan Motorin of Russia and his compatriot Nina Zarina claimed the men’s and women’s Global Championships with 64.37 km and 53.72 km respectively. Mzee’s milestone moment was the top highlight of the sixth annual charity event where participants of all levels raise funds to find a cure for spinal cord injury. Running simultaneously, more than 120,000 registered runners and wheelchair participants covered 1,103,276 km in 323 locations across 72 countries.
Nina Wabra Jakič is the wife of Gal Jakič, one of the ambassadors of the Wings for Life World Run in Ljubljana
The fourth Wings for Life World Run was another record-breaking edition – with 155,288 registered participants raising a huge 6.8 million euros for spinal cord research. The global movement saw 27 course records smashed as participants of all levels, from fun runners to elite champions, set off at 11:00 UTC, running side-by-side and via the App across 111 locations in 58 countries around the planet.
Their target? To race – in glorious weather, searing heat or freezing cold, depending on the location – and for as long as possible outrun the moving finish lines that are the Catcher Cars, driven by the likes of Formula One legend David Coulthard in the UK and Carlos Sainz in Spain.
Here are some of the key numbers from an unforgettable day of racing…
DUBAI // Taking a painful incident and turning it into something positive is how paralysed US skydiver Jarrett Martin has responded in helping to raise funds for research on spinal cord injuries.
The 25-year-old Dubai resident will be taking part in the Wings for Life World Run, a global charity race that takes place on 34 tracks across six continents at the same time. A run will be taking place on Sunday at the Dubai Autodrome, for the second year in a row.
“Being one of the few people in Dubai with a spinal cord injury and being very vocal about it, I got approached by the charity, and it’s all about finding a cure,” said the Wings for Life ambassador and qualified master parachute rigger at SkyDive Dubai.
Rhiannon Tracey was two months shy of her 21st birthday when she found herself face down in a pool of water.
In Bali, on a girl’s trip with her mum and best friend, they had returned to the hotel pool after an afternoon of celebrating, when Rhiannon dived in.
She felt her whole body jolt as her head hit the shallows in the pool labelled ‘deep’.
Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand was paralyzed in an October 16, 2010 college football game, fracturing his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae.
Blaine Penny knew he’d be caught eventually, and it happened at the 65-kilometre mark of his race. The chase car pulled up beside him as he chugged along by himself on the road just outside Niagara Falls.
At that distance, the 40-year-old Calgarian had run a marathon-and-a-half. He was the last man standing so-to-speak and won the Canadian race at the Wings for Life World Run, which raised more than $4.2 million for spinal cord research on May 3.
Now the dust has settled on an unforgettable day of running and inspiration, the numbers that lie behind the second Wings for Life World Run show how the event captured the world’s imagination.
Encouraged and supported by thousands of volunteers, athletes from all four corners of the globe came together on Sunday, not just to provide a true sporting spectacle but also a formidable demonstration of determination and fun.
And the figures are finally in…
Wings for Life and the Reeve Foundation have united around a common goal and need your help today.
It all started with a single toe. Even today, Dr. Susan Harkema recalls the words spoken by one of the research participants: “Look Susie, I can move my toe.” The patient’s name was Rob Summers and he was completely paralyzed from the neck down. After a car accident he was told he would never be able to walk again. But just a few weeks after Harkema had implanted an electrical stimulator wired to the spinal cord, the unthinkable suddenly became reality. Rob slowly started to move his limbs.