The Wings for Life World Run is set to take place in Cambridge (UK) this year, and for those making up the numbers, there will be the added bonus of Daniel Ricciardo to greet you with his winning smile!
First launched in 2014, in honour of the non-profit making Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injury, the event has gone from strength to strength. It is unique in its premise, involving a synchronised race run across the World, at the exact same time. Participants can range from the seasoned professional to an outright novice, and no matter the time of day, come rain or shine, the event will be run on its global scale.
Also included on the timetable is the ‘Catcher Car’ event. Here, at the finish line, a celebrity-driven vehicle gives the runners a head start, before chasing the field at a pre-given speed. Only when being overtaken is a runner’s race over, and the last individual man and woman to be caught are crowned Global Champions.
This year, F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has confirmed that he will be in attendance at the UK leg of the race. The Australian will be at the start line to get the Wings for Life World Run 2016 underway, as well as showering attendees with support and trying to pump up the runners as they get ready to take on the ‘Catcher Car’, which will be driven by Red Bull ambassador and former F1 driver David Coulthard.
Known for his exciting overtakes and huge smile, if the runners take a leaf out of the Red Bull racing man’s book, they should have no problem out doing the catcher car! Ricciardo, who is excited to be given the start line opportunity, advised:
“The Wings for Life World Run always stands out as an inspirational event to me, and I’ve really enjoyed taking part in the last couple of years’ races. This year I’m excited to be taking up a role at the start line, I will be doing my best to get everyone pumped up and ready to beat David Coulthard in that Catcher Car”.
To join Ricciardo and others, you can sign up to the Cambridge leg of the race here – http://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/gb/en/