Red Bull is staging a unique worldwide running event Sunday to raise money for spinal cord research.
This Sunday morning a new global running race organized by energy drink maker Red Bull could draw as many as 100,000 participants running simultaneously in 34 countries on six continents spread over 14 time zones. It’s an innovative concept for sure, but the other unique twist in the Wings for Life World Run is that there is no set race distance for runners. Instead, competitors will start on a pre-determined course in each location and try to outrun a chase car as long as possible. The “catcher car” begins 30 minutes later and increases its speed incrementally until it reaches the lead runners. Most runners will likely cover at least 4-7 miles but that the faster runners could run for 10 miles or more before they’re caught.
Runners are out of the race once the catcher car passes them. All catcher cars will start at the same time and drive at the same speed. The local and global winners will be the last ones to be caught. Race venues in the U.S. will be in Sunrise, Fla., (6 a.m. ET start), Denver (4 a.m. MT start) and Santa Clarita, Calif. (3 a.m. PT start).
More than 200 cameras and 34 TV feeds will bring the extravaganza to a worldwide audience via a livestream broadcast. Among the confirmed athletes participating are ski racer Lindsey Vonn, ultrarunner Karl Meltzer, cliff diver Orlando Duque, former world champion hurdler Colin Jackson, hockey player Dion Phaneuf, pro windsurfer Robbie Naish and Formula One drivers David Coulthard and Mark Webber.
All of the money from entries fees will go toward spinal cord injury research. For more details, go to wingsforlifeworldrun.com