Wings For Life Run
It could be one of the biggest events in Ireland this weekend, with over 100,000 people expected to participate in one of the more unique races in the world. And you can still make a late entrance in the Wings For Life Run.
It's the 2nd annual running of this fantastic event, with over 100,000 running worldwide with 2,000 registered to run in the Irish race that will start in Dun Laoghaire and travel along the east coast of Ireland this Sunday 3rd of May.
The globetrotting event starts at noon and is very different to any race you've ever thought of before – uniting the world’s professional and amateur runners alike in a bid to outpace the moving finishing line in the shape of the Honda Catcher Car. The car takes off 30 minutes after the start at 15km/h and steadily increases it's speed until everyone has been caught.
You can still register for the event. Online sign-ups are now closed, but you can register in person. Those wishing to register or collect their race number and runner pack may do so in person in Dun Laoghaire at Moran Park House (located just beside the DLR Lexicon Library) between 10.00am and 7.00pm today and tomorrow. Registrations will also be accepted on the phone by calling 086 387 9505 or emailing [email protected].
This may be one of the few chances you get to running a race that will be broadcast all over the world. More than six hours of the race will be live online for friends, family and those who can't make it right here. Streams will be available from all the 35 worldwide locations, and every single one of the 100,000 runners will be reeled in by the car.
It's sure to make for fantastic viewing, and it's all in aid of a great cause with all the money raised going towards much-needed spinal cord injury treatment and research.
International sports personalities and celebrities worldwide have rallied to sign up for the world race in aid of spinal cord injury research. Irish runners will include Simon Zebo (Munster & Ireland rugby), Bernard Brogan (Dublin footballer), Joe Canning (Galway hurler) Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny hurler), Alan Brogan (Dublin footballer), Con Doherty (Irish triathlete), Annalise Murphy (Irish sailor), Alison Canavan (model), Keith Walsh (RTE 2fm Breakfast Republic) and a host celebrities and politicians who have signed up for the world race in aid of spinal cord injury research
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ABOUT WINGS FOR LIFE
Worldwide, millions of people are dependent on a wheelchair after having sustained a spinal cord injury, most often as the result of a traffic accident or a fall. Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation with a mission to find a cure for spinal cord injury. Since 2004, Wings for Life has funded life-changing research projects and clinical trials around the globe. While the cure is still to be found, steady progress has been made. The €3 million raised in the inaugural Wings for Life Run and all future entry fees and sponsorship of this global running event will help work towards their ultimate goal. Every step taken at the Wings for Life Run and in the Wings for Life World Run Selfie Run is a step in the right direction – www.wingsforlife.com
All coverage can be found atwww.wingsforlifeworldrun.com and viewers are invited to join the conversation on Twitter (@RedBullIRE, #WORLDRUN), Facebook (facebook.com/ WingsForLifeWorldRun), and Instagram (@wflworldrun).