Registrations open for Melbourne running event

March 4, 2015 by  

The Wings for Life World Run in Melbourne, Victoria, is now asking all those interested in taking part to register.

The run, which is being held in the city for the first time, is a global event with people from across the world taking part.

Each runner, regardless of fitness level, will be given a half hour start on a ‘Catcher Car’, with the ultimate goal being to stay ahead of the vehicle. Instead of a finish line, the race will be over for entrants once they are overtaken by the Catcher Car.

Runners will be joined in the race by wheelchair users keen to cover the 5km to 50km course options open to starters.

Wings for Life’s chief executive officer, Anita Gerhardter, said the inclusion of people in wheelchairs in 2015 backed up the claim that it was an event for everyone.

She said only regular wheelchairs were able to be used, as hand bikes and race wheelchairs were too fast for the race format and safety could become an issue.

Shuttle buses will be on hand to return finishers to the starting point, where they will be able to celebrate in style, according to Gerhardter.

Further marketing of the event, via the media and poster printing, is planned globally.

Entrants in Melbourne’s race will set off from Elwood Park on May 3rd at 11am, taking a route through the Mornington Peninsula and to the seaside location of Portsea. All entry fees will go towards spinal cord research.