The 2019 Wings for Life World Run calls on South Africans to be Wingmen and Wingwomen

Get ready for the 2019 Wings for Life World Run – where every participant is a winner – set to take place on 5 May 2019, at Irene Agricultural Farm.

The World Run is a global charity event, with 100% of all entry fees and donations raised going directly to the Wings for Life Foundation, which has funded close to 200 projects globally to date, all with one goal in mind – finding a cure for spinal cord injury.

The Wings for Life World Run first got the world running as one in 2014, and continues to bring people from all walks of life together in support of an incredibly worthy cause, encouraging people to run for those who can’t.

More than half a million participants have already run in the past five editions to help fund ground-breaking research into spinal cord injury.

“Research shows that there are around 250,000 new cases of traumatic spinal cord injury every year, leaving patients paralysed mostly from the waist down, and often from the neck down too,” says Paralympian, Laureus nominee and World Run Ambassador Pieter du Preez. “Every year the World Run helps us get a step closer to finding a cure for this traumatic injury, but we need the help of global citizens to take up the challenge and help us fund the research.”

The concept of the World Run is simple – on one day each year, the Wings for Life World Run takes place at event locations across the world.

Every participant starts at exactly the same moment – 11am UTC (which is 13h00 South African time) – and, half an hour into the race, a ‘Catcher Car’ begins to chase participants along the course, gradually increasing in speed until the last runner is caught.

People of all ages, abilities and fitness levels are welcome to participate by walking, running or rolling a wheelchair.

Whether it’s day or night, bright sun or pouring rain at your location – you’re running together with the world and sharing an amazing experience. Your name shows up on a Global Result List, too!

The Wings for Life World Run is inspirational and inclusive. Anyone – from beginners to international athletes – can sign up. “The Wings for Life World Run is a truly global event open to all ability of runners and wheelchair competitors all in the name of making a truly ground-breaking difference in spinal cord research,” says Colin Jackson, Event Sports Director and two-time athletics world champion.

Plus, by taking part you could find yourself rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s biggest sporting stars and local celebrity ambassadors of the event.

So, sign up and take part in the global movement to find a cure for spinal cord injury. You can set your own goals, run anywhere on the planet and share the fun of a simultaneous worldwide event.

Spinal cord injury research projects and clinical trials are in progress, but they need your help to continue and find a cure. Sign up to participate, or donate now, at

Details for Wings for Life World Run 2019 South Africa:

  • When: Sunday, 5 May 2019
  • Time: 13h00 local time
  • Where: Irene Agricultural Farm
  • Entry fee: ZAR175.00 per person
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