Over 130,000 people around the world took part in the third Wings for Life World Run on Sunday 8 May 2016, raising almost R112 million for spinal injury research. Thousands of South Africans, both able-bodied and in wheelchairs, started in Centurion, which was among 34 international locations. Local and international participants raced simultaneously across 12 time zones in varying light and weather conditions for one cause – to find a cure for spinal cord injury.
The winner of the South African men’s race, Frenchman Thibault Baronian, ran 62,4km and is now the only person worldwide to have won the Wings For Life World Run on three continents. He won in France in 2014 and in the United States in 2015.
One of the things that makes the Wings For Life World Run special is that 100% of all entry fees globally go directly to research projects determined to improve treatment for spinal cord injuries and ultimately, find a cure. As the event has grown in scale since it started in 2014, it has increased international attention on spinal cord injury alongside.
The next Wings for Life World Run will take place on 7 May 2017.
Wings For Life World Run 2016 facts and figures:
- Men’s Global Winner – Giorgio Calcaterra reached 88,44km in Milano, Italy – a new Wings for Life World Run record.
- Women’s Global Winner – Kaori Yoshida reached 65,71km in Takashima, Japan.
- A total of 1,255,000km were run around the world.
- There were 130,732 registered participants worldwide.
- There were 2,300 registered participants in South Africa.
- 203 nationalities were represented globally.
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