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Get the most out of virtual running with the Red Bull Wings for Life World Run

Run together at the same time virtually all around the world for spinal cord research

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Join thousands of runners around the world on Sunday, May 8, for the Red Bull Wings for Life World Run. Get the opportunity to connect with runners through a virtual experience on the Wings for Life app in support of people with spinal cord injuries.

CPhoto: Red BullThe Wings for Life World Run is different than other competitions in that participants don’t have to run a precise distance. A catcher car follows you virtually on a map 30 minutes after the start, slowly overtaking participants until no one remains. The run takes place in 35 locations in 19 countries around the world at the same time and will be broadcast live on Red Bull TV.

Each runner will not only be running for themselves, but to help find cures and treatments for spinal cord injuries. One hundred per cent of the entry fee goes toward spinal cord research.

How to participate?

To participate in the Wings for Life World Run you need to download the new Wings for Life app from Apple or Google Play store. From there, you can register for $29 and see if there are any organized group runs in your area, or you may choose to run individually. The special component of the app is the immersive listening experience, which informs, motivates, and entertains runners throughout their run.

Participants compete during the Wings for Life World Run in Niagara Falls, Ont. on May 8, 2016. Photo: Dale Tidy for Wings for Life World Run

The Wings for Life World Run is famous for its unique running format: all runners and wheelchair athletes will begin the run at the same time (7 a.m. E.T.) and run or roll for as long as they can. There is no finish line. Instead, 30 minutes after they start, the catcher car starts moving and overtaking each participant one by one, virtually. For those caught by the catcher car, the race is over, but everyone is a finisher in the Wings for Life World Run.

Photo: Red Bull

Download the Red Bull Wings for Life App on Apple or Google Play Store.

For more info on the event, the foundation’s work and to register for the app run, head on over to www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com and run for those who can’t.