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A record 130,732 registered runners have charged past start lines at 34 locations in 33 countries at 11am UTC today for the third annual #wingsforlifeworldrun. At high noon and in the deep of night, in rain and in blazing sun, recreational runners and top long-distance pros from around the globe have come together to run simultaneously, raising awareness and much-needed funds for spinal cord research.
Also united in the movement are 20,556 Selfie Runners, whose buddies have rallied around them in teams that are blazing their own trails. No matter where they’re #running, the participants are cheered on by enthusiastic supporters.
At each location, the moving Catcher Car finish line – driven by sports and entertainment stars like Formula One’s David Coulthard in the UK and Max Verstappen in the Netherlands – is now in motion. In the unique format, when a Catcher Car passes runners, their race is over. As the hours tick by, the excitement will build until the field narrows to only one man and one woman left #running worldwide: the Global Champions. Among the favourites are elite marathon and ultra runners like Chile’s César Díaz (running in Austria), Italy’s Giorgio Calcaterra and Germany’s Florian Neuschwander, who are aiming to set an #event record by staying ahead of the Catcher Car for at least 80km. In Japan, meanwhile, no fewer than seven former national champions from around the world are vying for top honours.
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