By CHRISTINA DIABO
On May 3, runners of all abilities are welcome to run in the Wings for Life World Run to benefit spinal cord injury research in Sunrise. Every year, at least 250,000 people sustain a traumatic spinal cord injury.
Starting at 7 a.m. at the BB&T Center, runners will speed through the city of Sunrise before making their way into the Florida Everglades, following U.S. 27.
The Wings for Life Foundation has teamed up with RedBull for the second year in a row to sponsor a worldwide run unlike any other race, with 35 simultaneous start-ups and no finish line.
Runners will attempt to stay ahead of pursuing “catcher cars,” which are driven throughout the entire race in attempt to chase and pass the runners. The cars will follow the runners 30 minutes after they take off. Driving slowly at first, the cars will gradually start to speed up. The last male and female to be caught worldwide will be the winners of this innovative race.
“I loved the ‘moving finish line’ concept and I think it made for a very fun, but still competitive atmosphere,” said Haley Chura, last year’s U.S. female champion of the Wings for Life World Run.
Last year, more than 35,000 participants ran at the same time on six continents in 34 locations and 13 different time zones. The 2015 races will start in three locations in North America including Calif, Fla and Niagara Falls. Worldwide races will also start in Japan, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Canada and Germany.
“It’s such an amazing event,” said Lexi Thompson, LPGA professional. “[The event is] very unique and for a great cause.” Thompson is one of the many professional athletes that support the Wings for Life World Run.
Not only is this race innovative but also beneficial. 100 percent of the registration fees and sponsorship funds from the World Run will go directly to the Wings for Life Foundation to fund research toward curing spinal cord injuries.
Ambassador of the Wings for Life World Run, Brooke Thabit who has suffered from a spinal cord injury believes that it is important to bring awareness to spinal cord injuries.
“There’s definitely a cure right around the corner and this foundation gives me and other people with spinal cord injuries a lot of hope,” said Thabit.
Registration to run is still open until Tuesday, April 28, and Wings for Life is looking forward to many Lynn students participating in the event on May 3. Come out and support an incredible cause.