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Runners and wheelchair participants race in 72 countries

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor May 7, 2019 12:23

Runners and wheelchair participants race in 72 countries

The Wings for Life race kicked off on Sunday (May 5) with over 120,000 participants from across the world running at the exact same time, aiming to raise funds to find a cure for spinal cord injury.

One participant, David Mzee of Switzerland, paralysed for years due to spinal cord injury, said he was thrilled to break his personal record even if he did not win the race.

Thanks to a trial treatment, he managed to stand up and walk across the start line in Zug, walking for a total of 30 minutes, he said.

The event, now in its sixth year, is unusual in that the finish line is mobile — a so-called ‘catcher car’ follows runners 30 minutes after the race begins, and signals the end of the race once it passes the participants.

This year saw runners and wheelchair participants cover 1,103,276 km in 323 locations across 72 countries.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor May 7, 2019 12:23