Clock ticks down on race for global supremacy


With just a week to go until registration closes for the Wings for Life World Run, the clock is ticking down on the start of the race that will determine the world’s best. Whether it be actors v actors, Olympians v Olympians, Paralympians, politicians, models, students, TV hosts, police, fire fighters or ironmen. Who will come out on top?

Veronique De Kock competes during the Wings for Life World Run in Ieper, Belgium 

Photographer Credit Thomas Sweertvaegher for Wings for Life World Run

(ISN) – SALZBURG (Austria) – From the most legendary Olympic champions to the most humble of students and fire-fighters, the Wings for Life World Run is everybody’s opportunity to take on the world.

There is just a week left for athletes of all abilities to enter their name, and have the chance to pit their running skills against the likes of multiple Olympic skiing champion Aksel Lund Svindal, Formula One ace Mark Webber, Bollywood actor Ayushmaan Khurrana as well as tens of thousands of amateur athletes across the world.

One thing unites all these competitors; on May 3 they will have one objective in mind – keeping clear of the Catcher Cars, a virtual finishing line which will slowly but surely reel in the entire field.

But who will have run the furthest in that lung-bursting battle?

It all starts at 11am UTC in locations from Cape Town to Santiago, Melbourne to Munich and the best part is there’s still time to take part and help raise money for spinal cord injury research. Online registration closes on April 28 at 11 am UTC.

Of course there are also world class endurance runners, such as Austrian ultra-runner Christian Schiester, three time 100km-world champion Italian Giorgio Calcaterra or South African Ryan Sandes the first athlete in history to win all of the four 4 Dessert races.

Some of them see running as just one part of a long day at the office like reigning Ironman Triathlon world champion Sebastian Kienle, former Ironman world champion Belgian Frederik van Lierde and former Ironman European champion Camilla Pedersen of Denmark.

Actors and Aces

The Wings for Life World Run is the ultimate level playing field – you all start at the same time and you will all get caught!

Models Patricia Kaiser (Austria), Mariam Sagoto (Georgia), Fiammetta Cicogna (Italy), David Urankar (Slovakia) and Ke-Tong Lin (Taiwan) will switch the catwalk for the boardwalk. Miss Belgium 1995 Veronique De Kock is even taking on the 2000 winner Miss Belgium Joke van de Velde.

Actors and TV presenters will cast off the make-up and microphones to take each other on. German Moto GP host Alex Hofmann, German actor Matthias Schweighöfer, Italian comic actor Giovanni Storti and South African District 9 and Blood Diamond actress Vanessa Haywood have also decided to swap the spotlight for the sunlight.

Politicians and Royalty

Politicians won’t be hunting for votes for a change, they will be chasing down each other.

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and his ministers Kakha Kaladze and Levan Kipiani. Former Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor has vowed to run in his country’s capital Ljubljana while Taizo Mikazuki, governor of Japan’s Shiga prefecture will also join the battle.

And you want royalty? Well you’ve got it with Prince Abdulaziz Turki Al Faisal of the House of Saud. Drama will be played out across the world and on May 3 we will know the winners – the clock is ticking.