Earlier today in Melbourne, Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo stepped up to help fight spinal cord injury, ahead of this year‘s Wings for Life World Run. Ricciardo, an official Wings for Life World Run ambassador, jogged along the city’s Seafarers Bridge in preparation for the event, which will take place in Melbourne, and 33 other locations across the world, on 8th May at 11AM UTC (9PM AEST).
Ahead of this weekend’s 2016 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix, where he hopes to give his fans a good show at his home race, Ricciardo also took part in a press conference to highlight the importance of events like the Wings for Life World Run, which raise much needed funds and awareness for spinal cord injury.
“This event is so unique because everyone runs at exactly the same time. Runners in Melbourne will kick off at 9pm, in the dark, while I’ll be at the start line in Cambridge in the UK in the heart of the day at midday.” Daniel said. “Wings for Life World Run is really a global event where everyone can get involved” he continued.
The Wings for Life World Run was founded in support of the not-for-profit Wings for Life Foundation - a charity that funds spinal cord research projects internationally for the millions of people around the world living with a spinal cord injury, and the 250,000 people each year who will sustain new spinal cord injuries.
Making this event one-of-a-kind, the Wings for Life World Run is a test of endurance and stamina where the finish line chases you! Thirty minutes into the race, “Catcher Cars” are released across the globe, and speed up as the race progresses. Once a runner is caught by the “Catcher Car”, electronic sensors register the athlete’s chips and track their result alongside runners globally.
In 2014, the Australian leg first took place in Bussellton, Western Australia, before making the move to Melbourne last year.This May, the unique race returns to Melbourne for the event‘s third consecutive year, alongside 33 other locations across six continents.
A truly international event, runners will stride from the start line on 8th May 2016 at 11am UTC - competing at the exact same time, regardless of their location. This means some competitors will run from sundown to sunrise, while others will run sunrise to sunset. In Australia, runners will commence their race in Melbourne at 9pm AEST, and run into the early hours of the morning.
With 100% of entry fees going directly to the foundation, 2015 saw AUD $6 million raised for the cause and in 2016 over 100,000 participants are expected to take part in the race, making it the biggest event yet. Open to runners of all abilities, ages and nationalities, registrations for the Wings for Life World Run are now open. Visit www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com to sign up and help find a cure for spinal cord injury.