The Wings for Life World Run: What It Is and How to Prepare


Ever heard of a road race where the finish line comes to you? A race with no set distance where everyone runs for as long as they can? The Wings for Life World Run brings together competitive and recreational runners for an amazing shared running experience.

Wings for Life Run in Vienna

The Wings for Life World Run will take place on May 6, 2018. Join thousands of people around the world running together for a good cause!

About the Wings for Life World Run

The non-profit organization Wings for Life started this unique running event in 2014. Their goal is to find a cure for spinal cord injuries and paraplegia. That’s why 100% of the event entry fees go to this special cause.

What does the race look like?

Race format

Unlike other races, there is no distance to register for in the Wings for Life World Run. How does it work?

  • All of the participants start running at the same time everywhere around the world
  • 30 minutes after the race starts the Catcher Car sets off at all locations
  • The race is finished for you as soon as the Catcher Car passes you
  • The winner is the one who runs the farthest

Catcher Car at Wings for Life

Prepare for the Wings for Life World Run race day


As the race takes place all around the world at the same time, it means that a lot of people run in different conditions. Maybe you will run in the dark or even in the rain?

Use this equipment checklist to make sure that you have everything you need for your race conditions on time.


A good warm-up will improve your race performance and help your muscles last longer while the Catcher Car is approaching from behind. Here are some tips and exercises to warm-up properly depending on the race distance you predicted for yourself.

Tips from experienced runners

  • Cut your toenails and put some vaseline in your armpits, on your inner thighs, or wherever you might get some chafing – you might end up running longer than you are used to and may even set a PB (personal best)!
  • Choose a comfortable, steady pace, don’t rush at the start – the Catcher Car only starts 30 minutes after the beginning of the race. If you can, speed up when you hear it approaching.

Want to learn more? Check out all the tips on what to do in the last week before the race.

Get inspired

When the race gets really tough, remember the Wings for Life World Run motto: Run for those who can’t. Being able to run and race is a blessing, even when it’s hard. Embrace the struggle and enjoy the race!


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