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Wings for Life World Run held in Yilan

Wings for Life World Run held in Yilan

Taipei, May 3 (CNA) Yilan on Sunday evening hosted the Wings for Life World Run, joining 34 other countries hosting the event across six continents to raise funds for spinal cord injury research. The event attracted about 5,000 runners who each paid registration fees of NT$1,000 (US$30). Proceeds from the event, estimated at around NT$5 million, will be donated to the non-profit Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation. Organizers said that its event differs from conventional running races in that winners are determined by the distance covered, as opposed to time. All runners start at the same time, regardless of ability, gender or age. The race features a Catcher Car, which departs from the starting line 30 minutes after the beginning of the race at a speed of 15km per hour, and the car will speed up gradually. Winners of the race are determined when the Catcher Car passes the final participant on the course. A male and female winner will be named. In addition, the race will take place at the 11 a.m. UTC across time zones at all 35 courses world wide simultaneously. An estimated 90,000 runners participated in the global event. Their progress are tracked by sensors, and ranked globally at the event's headquarters in Austria. Audiences worldwide can tune in to live streaming of the Wings for Life World Run. Taiwan and Japan are the only Asian countries hosting the event. According to organizers, winners of each course will be able choose the course they wish to compete in the next Wings for life World Run, while the global champion will be presented with a complimentary month-long trip around the world. (By Shen Ju-feng and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-23 02:25 GMT+08:00