Industry News 4/30/2015

EVENT: May 3 - Wings for Life World Run

A remarkable worldwide game of chase is back. From legendary Olympic champions like Lindsey Vonn, to hometown heroes, first-time runners and elite endurance athletes, the Wings for Life World Run is everybody’s opportunity to take on the world in a race that has no finish line.  

It all starts at 7am ET/4 am PT in 35 locations around the world on Sunday, May 3, including at USA races in Sunrise, Fla. and Santa Clarita, Calif.

Alpine skiing legend Lindsey Vonn is confirmed to attend the race in Santa Clarita, along with Olympic snowboarder Greg Bretz and Louie Vito, and volleyball greats Todd Rogers, Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser.  In Sunrise, the race will host Olympians Lolo Jones, Nick Goepper and Sarah Hendrickson, among many others.

The Wings for Life World Run features a unique chasing finish line comprised of “catcher cars” that pursue, catch and eliminate runners. The “catcher cars” will start 30 minutes after the global start signal and advance on runners at an accelerating pace.  Once the car passes a runner they are out of the race. The process continues until there is one man and one woman left running in each race, and eventually the world.  

With no traditional finish line, the global male and female champions last year were Lemawork Ketema in Austria and Elise Molvik in Norway, who ran for 48.82 miles and 34.04 miles, respectively, before being overtaken by the ‘Catcher Car.’  In the United States, Santa Clarita, Calif. runner Calum Neff (36.36 miles) and Sunrise, Fla. runner Haley Chura (28.34 miles) were the last male and female running before being chased down.  

Eric LeGrand, an inspirational voice in the spinal cord injury community after being paralyzed in a 2010 college football game, serves as an ambassador for the Wings for Life World Run and will attend the Sunrise, Fla. race.  Team LeGrand of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which was established in 2013, is dedicated to funding research to find a cure for paralysis and to help improve the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries. Visit www.teamlegrand.org for more information. 

Other ambassadors include Cory Hahn, a former college baseball player who was paralyzed in a game in 2010 and is helping the World Run raise funds for spinal cord injury research.

For those who aren’t running but want to watch it, the Wings for Life World Run will be televised live on Universal Sports Network, Sunday, May 3, 2015 starting at 6:30 AM ET and online at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com starting at 6 AM ET.  

Produced by Red Bull in partnership with the Wings for Life Foundation, this innovative worldwide race was first held in May 2014 to benefit spinal cord injury research - with the goal to find a cure - and more than $4.1 million was raised in its inaugural year. 100% of the registration fees are dedicated to fund research to cure spinal cord injury.