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Particpants at the Wings for Life World Run - Organise App Run in Chenna...

Ravi Teja clocked 22.1km (highest) at the Wings for Life World Run 2017 ...
Chennai,  May 2017: Historic milestones that topped all three previous editions made the fourth annual Wings for Life World Run an exceptional event. In all, 155,288 registered participants raised 6.8 million euros for spinal cord research on Sunday.

An unprecedented 155,288 people, from everyday heroes to elite running champions, registered for Sunday’s event across 111 locations. The global movement began at 11am UTC (4.30pm IST), when participants simultaneously crossed start lines in 58 countries, whether it was day (Brazil) or night (Australia), heat and humidity (Taiwan) or a hailstorm in Slovenia, which didn’t stop enthusiastic participants including the Slovenia’s President, Borut Pahor, who ran 20.48km. The third edition of the Wings for Life World Run last year registered 130,732 participants from 33 countries running for those who cannot.

Wheelchair participant Aron Anderson of Sweden is the new Men’s Global Champion (92.14km), while Bartosz Olszewski of Poland was the men’s runner who achieved the longest distance (88.24km). Another Polish athlete, runner Dominika Stelmach (68.21 km), was crowned the women’s Global Champion.

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“Congratulations to everyone, everywhere, who participated, donated or volunteered,” said Wings for Life CEO Anita Gerhardter. “By taking on this single challenge today, you’ve given hope to those who face countless challenges every day. The funds you’ve raised will enable top researchers to push forward with finding a cure to spinal cord injury.”

Some chose to participate alongside thousands of others at one of the event locations around the world, while others downloaded the Wings for Life World Run App at the App Store or Google Play and ran – anywhere they choose – at exactly the same time, chased by a virtual Catcher Car.

The Organized App Runs were popular this year and formed across the planet, where App participants got together to share the experience at destinations from Reykjavík to Jakarta and from Japan to Peru including 12 cities in India. Many downloaded the Wings for Life World run App and contributed by participating in the Organized App Run at famous YMCA College of Physical Education in Nandanam, Chennai. A participant Ravi Teja clocked 22.1km, the highest at the Organized App Run in Chennai

Below is the list of cities/venues where the App runs took place across India that witnessed huge participation:

• Hyderabad – People’s plaza, necklace road
• Ahmedabad – Karnavati Ground
• Goa – Campal Grounds, Panjim
• Pune – Hill Top, Symbiosis Lavale Campus
• Mumbai – IIT Bombay
• Chandigarh – Sukhna lake
• Patiala – Thapar University
• Kolkata – Location 1: Eco Park and Location 2: Uniworld,
• Guwahati – Khanpara Ground
• Bangalore – Cubbon Park
• Delhi – India Gate

Global Results MEN: 1. Aron Anderson (SWE) / event in UAE 92.14km, 2. Bartosz Olszewski (POL) / Italy 88.24, 3. Lemawork Ketema (AUT) / Austria 87.16, 4. Giorgio Calcaterra (ITA) / Italy 87.15, 5. Tomasz Walerowicz (POL) / Poland 85.14, 6. Florian Neuschwander (GER) / Italy 83.49, 7. Elov Olsson (SWE) / Sweden 75.05, 8. Philipp Aigner (AUT) / Netherlands 71.37, 9. Shishov Konstantin (RUS) / Russia (70.39)

Global Results WOMEN: 1. Dominika Stelmach (POL) / event in Chile 68.21km, 2. Cornelia Moser (AUT)/ Italy 62.37, 3. Vera Nunes (POR) / Chile 62.17, 4. Olesya Nurgalieva (RUS) / Australia 60.97, 5. Elena Nurgalieva (RUS) / Australia 57.92, 6. Alexandra Morozova (RUS) / Russia 57.59, 7. Nathalie Vasseur (FRA) / California USA 57.24, 8. Sophia Sundberg (SWE) / Sweden 55.29, 9. Karen Torrealba (CHI) / Chile 55.16, 10. Nikolina Šustić (CRO) / Great Britain 55.14

The Wings for Life World Run has one goal: to find a cure for spinal cord injury. One hundred percent of entry fees and donations goes directly to the nonprofit Wings for Life Foundation, for life-changing spinal cord research.

About Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation
Worldwide, millions of people are dependent on a wheelchair after having sustained a spinal cord injury, most often as the result of a traffic accident or a fall. Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation with the single mission to find the cure for spinal cord injury. Since 2004, Wings for Life has funded life-changing research projects and clinical trials around the globe. While the cure is still to be found, steady progress has been made. One hundred percent of the Wings for Life World Run entry fees and fundraising from this global running event will help work toward Wings for Life’s ultimate goal. Every step taken at the Wings for Life World Run and with the Wings for Life World Run App is a step in the right direction –

About the Wings for Life World Run
On one day each year the Wings for Life World Run is held simultaneously in numerous locations and the App across the world, all starting at the same time, whether day or night, and all with the same goal – to raise money for the Wings for Life Foundation. Under its unique format, participants run as far as they can until they are passed by a moving finish line, the “Catcher Car,” which chases runners along the course, gradually getting faster until each runner has been caught. This moving finish line allows participants of any ability to complete the run – the slower ones are passed early while the last man and woman to be caught after starting from an event location are declared Wings for Life World Run Champions. 100% of entry fees and donations goes toward helping to find a cure for spinal cord injury; and in just three years since it was launched in 2014, the World Run has attracted more than 280,000 people from 193 nationalities to run in more than 38 countries across six continents. Altogether they have raised €13.8 million euros while covering more than 2.8 million kilometres.

The Wings for Life World Run App
The Wings for Life World Run App allows anyone, anywhere in the world, to join the global movement. By activating the App on his or her phone, a runner can take part in the Wings for Life World Run, chased by a virtual Catcher Car, at the same time as all the other Wings for Life World Runners around the globe.

The Wings for Life World Run is proud to be supported by Puma and BF Goodrich. #wingsforlife #worldrun

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