South African Athletics

Wings For Life World Run!

2014-04-24 13:49
C6 quadriplegic super-athlete Pieter du Preez (File)
Cape Town - Taking part in the South African Wings For Life World Run, because of its worldwide reach and unique format, is an unforgettable experience for runners at every level.

No other event offers both global community and personal challenge - thousands of runners will start simultaneously in 34 locations on five continents.

The starting line is set, but each runner’s finish is determined by their ability and resolve. There will ultimately be only one winner, who could be from anywhere in the world... why not South Africa?

The Wings for Life World Run is raising funds for necessary research that will ultimately benefit people living with disabilities all over the world.

100% of proceeds from race entries will benefit the Wings for Life Foundation, and research into finding a cure for spinal cord injury. The administrative costs incurred by the Foundation, and the organisational costs of the World Run are covered by Red Bull and other supporters.

Over three million people around the world are already living with a spinal cord injury. Every year, more than 500 South Africans sustain a spinal cord injury as a result of trauma often leading to severe lifelong physical disability. Many of these injuries occur in young people aged between 15 and 29 years. Importantly, the World Run will create awareness of spinal cord injury in South Africa and therefore encourage support of local NGOs that lasts long after the event.

More than 216 top athletes from a wide range of sports and countries have already signed up to support and participate in the race, like former Formula One driver David Coulthard, footballer Reggie Bush, current Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel and surf sports legend Robby Naish among others

More information can be found on the official website HERE

This video explains the World Run format

There is a lovely preview of the South African route HERE

Details of the South African Wings For Life World Run

Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014

Start: 12:00

Venue: Boschendal Wine Estate in Franschhoek

Entry to the South African leg of the Wings For Life World Run costs R250 including VAT, and that entire amount goes to the Wings For Life Foundation – no deductions for event costs or admin or anything else at all.

For more information and to register, visit:

Wings For Life World Run ambassadors Ryan O'Connor, Vanessa Haywood and Ryan Sandes (File)


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