Happy and with a red face, this is how we finished our Wings for Life World Run after 10 km. Only one member of our group almost completed the goal of 15 km, with 14,4 km! We were all grateful at the superb organization of such a big event.
Due to this great organization our registration took nearly 15 minutes and we got a bag with items for the run. It contained, of course, some Red Bull, a nice head band to wear against a cold wind or to keep your neck warm, a bottle of water and your running number. After registration we changed our clothes, grouped together and entered the running boxes. The boxes separated the runners, which had a long distance goals from those who had short distance goals. This was the information we inputted into the registration sheet via the Internet, this meant we were organized into the correct running boxes. With a goal of 15 km we predictably were in the last box. There we had half an hour to wait until the race began. Everybody started stretching and warming up. At 12 o`clock the race started. We were running through a channel of people and saw all spectators who were cheering on us. A wonderful experience, especially for those who never participated in an event like this.
After 3 km our group split in three sections. After 5 km we reached the first refreshment station. Red Bull, Water, Isotonic Drinks, bananas and cereal bars were offered. At 12:30 the “Catching Car” started his engine and got on the track with 15 km/h to catch up the first runners. We were caught at kilometer 10, after the second refreshment station. Everybody was speeding up as the “Catching Car” came near, but then slowing down, defeated, after it reached us. There was music playing and a man in the loudspeakers congratulated everyone of us, even saying names! I found this gesture to be very nice. It gave you a great feeling that you were not just anybody in this race, no, it had been YOU who did this great run. After we slowed down we reached a photo station where a photographer took a picture of the runners passing by. A few meters later there were Shuttle busses waiting to get us back to the start. Here we were cheered on by everyone who had previously ran with us and those supporting the runners. We were able to watch all the races in different countries on a big screen. Some were at nighttime, because we all started all over the world at the same time.
With all of the runners who returned from their race, and the big screen with runners who continued to run, we also had the people whom this event was devoted too, those suffering with spinal injuries. Thus, to us, it was a great pleasure and honor spending time at this event, giving those who cannot, the feeling they can.
- > a global event in 32 countries and 6 continents
- > 35,397 runners ran a total of 530,928 kilometers
- > 34 race tracks
- > 164 nationalities
- > all 34 race locations started at the same time – 10.00 UTC
- > raising a staggering €3 million for spinal cord research
- > participants aged between 18 and 91 years
- > run as fast as you can, the catcher car started 30min behind the runners with a constant speed of 15km/h
- > stay as long as you can in front of the car
- 1/ LEMAWORK KETEMA (ETH)/ DONAUTAL, AUT/ M25/ 78.58 km | 46.4 mi
- 2/ REMIGIO HUAMAN QUISPE (PER)/ LIMA, PER/ M30/ 78.49 km | 46.35 mi
- 3/ EVGENII GLYVA (UKR)/ DONAUTAL, AUT/ M30/ 78.4 km | 46.3 mi
- 42/ ELISE SELVIKVÅG MOLVIK (NOR)/ STAVANGER, NOR/ F18/ 54.79 km | 32.35 mi
- 58/ NATHALIE VASSEUR (FRA)/ HENNEBONT, FRA/ F45/ 51.26 km | 30.27 mi
- 98/ SVETLANA SHEPELEVA (MDA)/ ALANYA, TUR/ F45/ 48.29 km | 28.52 mi