40 countries race simultaneously for spinal cord research
On May 4th 5,000 runners will set off around the Ring of Kerry at 11am for the Irish leg of the Wings for Life World Run 2014. Up to 150,000 runners in 40 countries will take part in the first event of its kind to raise money for the Wings For Life foundation, which funds research into spinal cord injuries.
There are only 5,000 places available in the Irish race, so registration is on a first come, first served basis. Register at www.wingsforlife.com/registration. Register for €40 before the end of January, or for €48 after February 1st. If there are any places left by the end of March, registration fees rise again from April 1st to €56. In every case 100% of the registration fee goes to the Wings For Life research foundation, and the closing date for registration is April 20th.
The race has no finish line – instead, runners will be followed by a chase car. As the race progresses, the chase car speeds up and competitors are then eliminated when the chase car passes them out. The winner is the last runner standing in the world.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, TD, said:
“I’m delighted to see Ireland taking part in this pioneering athletics event. The Wings for Life World Run 2014 sets down a grueling challenge to Irish runners, but I’m confident they’re equal to the task. There has been growing interest in adventure racing in recent years, and maybe we can even produce a winner?”
Race co-ordinator, Richard Donovan, said:
“The Ring of Kerry is a spectacular course, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to run it. The course is 120km long, but we’re expecting truly elite endurance runners to make it as far as 70 or 80km before the chase car catches them. However the race is open to runners of every ability, so without a finish line to aim for, participants should set themselves goals to reach before the chase car catches up.”
Wings For Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation. Its mission is to find a cure for spinal cord injury by funding world-class scientific research and clinical trials aimed at healing the injured spinal cord.