REGISTRATION is now open for the epic Wings for Life World Run that is returning to Dún Laoghaire on May 8.
Whether you are a fun runner or a hard-core marathon fanatic, you are invited to join thousands of runners on the Southside for the Irish leg of the run.
Every participant will receive an official Puma Wings for Life World Run functional t-shirt.
The race itself will start on the seafront in Dún Laoghaire with participants running south towards Bray and Greystones, enjoying the beautiful coastal views and scenic landscape of the East Coast along the way.
Refreshment stations will be located every five kilometres along the route, and tickets for the DART will be issued for the closest stations so participants who ran 5km, 10km, 15km or 20km can return to base.
Past the 20km mark a shuttle bus service will be provided free of charge to all participants. There’s no static finish line as it is the only race in the world where the finish line catches you.
The Wings for Life World Run was launched in 2014 to raise funds for the Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation.
Pioneering the concept of a synchronised race where participants across the world run simultaneously, the event introduced the Catcher Car format, in which a celebrity-driven vehicle gives the runners a head start, chasing the field at a predetermined pace.
While the individual man and woman last to be caught are declared Global Champions, all the participants have their own personal goals and motivations, which are as varied and unique as the runners themselves.
One hundred per cent of all entry fees and donations contributed by the Wings for Life World Run participants, and by the friends and families who support them to maximise their financial impact, goes to spinal cord research projects to help find a cure for spinal cord injuries. By registering, you can make a meaningful contribution as well as making an inevitable promise to keep your New Year’s resolutions.
The 2015 event saw 101,280 participants in 33 countries across 12 time zones raising €4.2 million for Wings for Life’s single goal. Japan’s Yuuko Watanabe was crowned 2015 Wings for Life World Run Female Global Champion with 56.33km, while Lemawork Ketema of Ethiopia repeated as men’s Global Champion in running to a distance of 79.9km. As it will be in 2016, the entire event was followed by viewers across the globe, thanks to an enthralling live-stream experience, which shares the effort, elation and emotion of the runners.
For more, including registration information and location updates, visit www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com