Dietrich Mateschitz puts Daniel Ricciardo into Pole Position for the Wings for Life World Run on May 3, 2015.
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(ISN) – Red Bull and Wings for Life founder Dietrich Mateschitz recently surprised his young star by presenting him with the coveted number One, which he had personally reserved for him. “It was definitely a special moment and a huge surprise to me,” said Ricciardo. “I appreciate it a lot and am looking forward to being a part of the Wings for Life World Run on 3 May. I hope that as many people as possible take part to help find a cure for spinal cord injury.”
In the world of motor sports, Daniel’s proven that he’s got it all: speed, wits and more than enough talent to help Infiniti Red Bull Racing achieve more success in the future. Now the up-and coming Formula One superstar from Australia is ready to tackle a challenge that will see him trying to evade a car, rather than chasing it down.
Everyone taking part in the Wings for Life World Run – at the 35 locations around the world – will start at exactly at the same time with the aim of staying ahead of the ‘Catcher Car’. Rather than running towards a finish line, all athletes are gradually chased by the car, which increases its speed at given times. Once the car catches you, you have finished the race. The global winners are the last female and male athlete to be caught on one of the 35 tracks. Runners can also team up globally and challenge others, even world class athletes have already started their own teams.
Registration is still open (in most countries). All entry fees and global donations raised through the Wings for Life World Run will go straight to Wings for Life, a non-profit spinal cord research foundation. Its mission is to find a cure for spinal cord injury. Since 2004, Wings for Life funds life-changing research projects and clinical trials around the globe. While the cure is still to be found, steady progress has been made. Every step taken at the Wings for Life World Run is a step in the right direction.