This year, Red Bull's virtual Wings For Life World Run for charity can be accomplished via an app
Let's get virtual
Awards, cancelled. Concerts, cancelled. Marathons, cancelled. From what we know, the current COVID-19 situation has probably already pulled the plug on most major events that was slated to happen this year, not even sparing the highly-anticipated Olympics 2020 in Tokyo.
But even in these times, there's a way around being a part of a mass event — specfically running for a good cause.
Every year it is estimated that up to 500,000 people will suffer from a spinal cord injury. A result of preventable accidents like traffic crashes or falls, victims are often forced to overcome challenging hurdles due to these life-altering injuries. And that's where Wings For Life World Run for charity run comes in. This year, Wings For Life Foundation — a non-profit spinal cord research foundation — has partnered up with Red Bull to bring you a truly unique global race this year.
How unique? Well, given the global pandemic on hand, the Wings For Life World Run will be hosted on a social-distancing-friendly app. Diverting from its usual running track route by going digital, Wings For Life World Run recognises that with more time stuck indoors, keeping healthy is imperative for our wellbeing. Hence, partakers — both runners and wheelchair participants — are encouraged to keep fit, respect social distancing, and contribute to a worthy cause by running on their own wherever they please.
All you have to do is download the Wings For Life World Run App, pick a crowd-free zone and get those two feet moving. Commencing worldwide at 7pm SGT on 3 May, runners will get to experience racing side-by-side with a virtual Catcher Car — a.k.a. your competitor. This little fellow will increase its speed steadily until all athletes are overtaken, therefore your task is to stay ahead of the virtual car — as you would to your competitors if you were in a real marathon.
What's more, 100% of the proceeds from the run will fund scientific studies and clinical trials for none other than spinal cord research. Once you're done working those muscle fibers, give yourself a pat on the back for that meaningful contribution.
This one-of-a-kind run will be held on May 3 at 7pm, wherever you choose. To join in, download the Wings For Life World Run app on Android or iOS and sign up for the race day at an entry fee of $33. After completing registration, be a part of the Wings For Life World Run Singapore community by joining the Singapore Team on the app or via the link here.