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Wings For Life World Run


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I'm now registered for my 3rd Wings for Life run which is on May 6th. Those who were on that previous site we don't mention may recall my attempt to describe this unique event last year (and my race summary) but if not here's a link (Wing For Life). Basically at the same time around the world everyone starts running and tries to stay ahead of the "catcher cars". The cars start a half hour later, moving at the same time & pace around the world. Once the cars pass you, your race is finished. Essentially the finish line catches you! Here in Melbourne we start at 9pm and follow a motorway so we end up looking like this:

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So here's my challenge (and let me preface by saying I have no affiliation with the organizers or the charity) you can take on this little Aussie battler because you can do this race anywhere in the world. For example whilst the official race sites in the US are limited you can do your own race anywhere you like using their Apple/Android app. Plus you'll also be racing against hundreds of thousands across the globe at the same time. The other cool thing I like about this race (apart from being a good cause) is the sponsor(s) put up all the cost so 100% of any entry/fundraising goes to the charity (spinal cord research). If not you can always watch the live webcast & be amazed at how far some of these freak runners get.

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I read about this cool race in RW, and I like the virtual option. Maybe I'll be virtually joining you in May!

It seems odd that they make everyone wear the same shirt. I did one race in AUS that did that as well. Weird. Makes it hard to spot your loved one I imagine!

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3 hours ago, BANGLE said:

I read about this cool race in RW, and I like the virtual option. Maybe I'll be virtually joining you in May!

It seems odd that they make everyone wear the same shirt. I did one race in AUS that did that as well. Weird. Makes it hard to spot your loved one I imagine!

i thought you were always supposed to wear your race shirt during the race. boy, am i embarrassed.

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15 hours ago, BANGLE said:

I read about this cool race in RW, and I like the virtual option. Maybe I'll be virtually joining you in May!

It seems odd that they make everyone wear the same shirt. I did one race in AUS that did that as well. Weird. Makes it hard to spot your loved one I imagine!

I assumed the main reason for the mandatory shirts was because for Melbourne it's at night & down the freeway. 2016 the shirt had lots of reflective on the back although last year they gave us a sash instead so maybe they want the sponsors to be seen? They also give us a Led Lenser head lamp which are mandatory.

Given we are running down a motorway at night you'd be hard pressed to spot someone I would imagine. It is a little strange in that the only "crowds" are people standing on overpasses or people in cars going past. Especially if you're running further than the average person there are long sections where it feels like a late night run except for a long line of headlamps behind & in front!

Hope you join me! Might be my only chance at a loophest (Virtual Pikermi aside of course...). I'd be really interested to hear how the virtual app event goes.

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I'm going to do it!  I just got a girlfriend to join me, too.  Her budget is super tight so she's just going to run along as a virtual bandit.  Thank you for sharing this information!  I'll do the virtual part of course and load the app in my phone.  What a cool idea.  We will start at 6 am Eastern time in Michigan on May 6th.

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And I just got a work friend to sign up with his young daughter who loves to run!  We'll have a virtual team from Northern Michigan running!

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