Red Bull Launches 25-Country Race To Raise Money For Spinal Cord Injury Research
Red Bull has launched a "new running race called Wings for Life World Run designed to get runners pounding the pavement in at least 25 countries at the same time on May 4," all in an effort to "raise money for spinal cord injury research," according to AFP RELAXNEWS. Race sites are "expected on six continents, with runners starting the race" at 10am and equivalent times around the globe. Runners in California will start at 3am local time while competitors in Germany will set off at noon. The race has a "twist: race participants won't run a set distance, but rather, the finish line will be chasing them." The race website explains that "half an hour after the start signal sounds and the first runners leave the start line, official catcher cars will set off at each course, pursuing the runners." The site said, "This pace will accelerate at determined intervals to a rigid global schedule. When the catcher car passes a runner, their race is over, and a shuttle will take them back to the start area. The goal is have a single man and woman left running in each race venue around the globe, to be crowned champions" (AFP RELAXNEWS, 11/7).