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More than 130,000 runners compete globally at Wings for Life World Run

More than 130,000 runners competed around the world in the Wings for Life World Run in a one-of-a-kind race including one in Niagara Falls, Ont.

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The Wings for Life World Run took place on Sunday across the globe as 130,732 registered runners competed in support of spinal cord research in a one-of-a-kind race.

Runners begin at the same time in various cities throughout the world and try to stay ahead of a “catcher car” for as long as possible without being caught. The person who remains on course, and ahead of the “catcher car,” which is synchronized around the world, is the winner.

Some races are run during the night and others are run during the day to ensure that all athletes run at the same time around the world.

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Italy’s Giorgio Calcaterra was the overall winner covering 88.44 kilometres before ultimately being caught by the chase car. He was on course in Milan for more than five hours. Japan’s Kaori Yoshida competed in Takashima, Japan and covered a record-breaking 65.71 kilometres.

Niagara Falls, Ont. was the only Canadian city to host a Wings for Life run. Bartosz Olszewski of Poland was the first place finisher in Niagara Falls and finished second globally. Canadian Calum Neff was in contention and in second for much of the race but he ran off-course due to a lack of signage.

Doroteia Peixoto was the women’s winner of the Niagara Falls edition of the Wings for Life World Run covering 55.4 kilometres.

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Calcaterra covered more than 80 kilometres in his win on Sunday

Yoshida broke a new record covering more than 65 kilometres to win the 2016 Wings for Life World Run

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Olszewski finishing first at the Niagara Falls edition of the race

Next year’s event will take place on May 7, 2017.