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South Africa joins the world running for those who can’t for the third time on 8 May 2016

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The ground breaking global race, the Wings for Life World Run, returns to South Africa on 8 May 2016. For the first time, local participants run from SuperSport Park in Centurion, Pretoria.


Now in the heart of South Africa’s road running scene, the 2016 event has a unique route through Centurion and into quaint Irene before winding its way back toward SuperSport Park.

The Wings For Life World Run is one-of-a-kind adventure that takes place in 35 international locations simultaneously. Participants from all over the world run in varying light and weather conditions for one cause. This is the world’s only race that has no finish line – instead, a catcher car chases down participants, ending their race as the car overtakes them. This allows everyone to set their own goal for the event – running as little as 5km or as much as 50km.

One-hundred percent of all entry fees and donations contributed by the Wings for Life World Run participants, and by the friends and families who support them to maximise their financial impact, goes to spinal cord research projects to help find a cure for spinal cord injuries.



The unique race format means that South Africans of any and all running abilities – from beginners to dedicated athletes – can take part, as can competitors in regular, everyday wheelchairs.

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Self-professed ‘Fastest Brother in Africa’ and Wings for Life World Run Ambassador Gugu Zulu is excited to be taking part again in 2016: “I managed just over 8kms before the catcher car got me and I’d love to beat that this time around. That’s what is great about this race, you set your own target and take part for an incredible cause.”


The 2015 event saw 101,280 participants in 33 countries across 12 time zones raising 4.2 million euros for Wings for Life’s single goal. South Africa’s Riana van Niekerk finished  2nd in the world in 2015, whileLemawork Ketema of Ethiopia repeated as men’s Global Champion in running to a distance of 79.9km. As it will be in 2016, the entire event was followed by viewers across the globe, thanks to an enthralling live-stream experience, which shares the effort, elation and emotion of the runners.

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