Internationally-known athletes and sports teams are spearheading the charge to secure teams of runners from around the world to take part in an event to raise vital funds for spinal cord research.
The Wings for Life World Run brings together people from around the world for an event on Sunday (May 8), where they all join together – physically or virtually, through use of an app – in support of the quest to find a cure for spinal cord injury.
More than 8,000 teams globally have already signed up for the run, with world-class athletes and teams also committing their support.
Liverpool and England footballer Trent Alexander-Arnold has committed his support to the Wings for Life World Run.
Although his playing schedule and Liverpool’s title challenge prevents him from taking part on the day, he urged others to show their support for the work of the Wings for Life Foundation, whose purpose is to find a cure for spinal cord injury, an area where a huge amount of progress is being achieved globally.
“After meeting Emerson Grant in 2019 I have wanted to work out ways to help raise awareness of Wings for Life,” he said.
“I want to get as many sign-ups for my team as possible to raise more money for Wings for Life to support their aim of finding a cure for spinal cord injury.”
Also throwing their support behind the Wings for Life World Run are two Formula-1 teams – Scuderia AlphaTauri and Oracle Red Bull Racing. The motorsport teams have been encouraging their large fan followings to sign up and take part in the global race for the good cause.
Two leading Greek athletes — Dimitris Kyrsanidis and Nikolas Plytas — and three Olympians from Norway – world record holder and Olympic gold medalist (110m hurdles) Karsten Warholm, double Olympic champion in cross-country skiing Petter Northug, and triathlete and Olympic champion Kristian Blummenfelt – will all be taking part.
German ultra runner and team captain Flo Neuschwander, who organised the largest team ever last year with 3,061 participants, is now looking to improve on his achievement.
“The Wings for Life World Run is a tremendous highlight for me every year. I feel like I’m always try to push myself beyond my limits in this event,” he said.
“In 2020, I managed to run the fastest pace ever in a race, even though I was running all by myself with the app.
“But to be honest my biggest goal at the Wings for Life World Run is to lead the biggest team again.
“Since 2016 the ‘Run with the Flow Team’ has been the winning team and last year we managed even to run 45,000 kilometers collectively, which means we actually ran one lap around the world together on race day.
“The more runners, the more donations – and that, along with being part of a super day of running, is the biggest goal for all of us who take part in this great event.”
The Wings for Life World Run enables people to run collectively, wherever they are in the world, at exactly the same time.
Participants run as far as possible until the Catcher Car passes them, with 100 per cent of the entry fee going into the work of the Wings for Life Foundation into spinal cord research.
For more information and registration, visit www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com.
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