Volkswagen catcher cars for Wings for Life World Run India race
Wings for Life World Run global race for charity got underway on Sunday, 4th May. Moving ahead strongly under the slogan, “Running for those who can’t,” more than 50,000 registered participants from 164 countries set off with simultaneous starts.
Running routes spanned 34 long-distance routes across 32 countries spread over 6 continents to raise funds for spinal cord research through the Wings for Life charity. With catcher cars leaving start line half hour after runners’ started this year’s Wings for Life World Run.
Catcher cars were fitted with new tracking tech, developed specifically for the Wings for Life World Run. Each participant’s local and global rank is determined by the distance they cover before being passed by a catcher car and is not dependent upon time spent running. Volkswagen catcher cars use for the race in Haryana are governed by the Wings for Life World Run rule book to ensure fair and simultaneous progress across world tracks.
Each location had its own country winners. However, as official Catcher Cars eliminated participants as they passed them, a single woman and man left running worldwide were crowned Global Champions of the Wings for Life World Run.
Official Catcher Cars simultaneously set off at each race track half an hour after start signal sounds and the first runners left the start line at each track to pursue runners. Pace was accelerated at determined intervals as per a rigid global schedule. When a Catcher Car passed a runner, his or her race ended, and participants caught the shuttle back to the start area to celebrate. Wings for Life World Run 2014 India- Isaac Kipernoi (KEN) was the Winner Man with the Volkswagen Catcher Car and Wahida Raheman (IND)was the female winner.
In India, Wings for Life World Run was flagged off at 3:30 pm in Sonipat, Haryana. Organised under Government of Haryana and the Haryana Olympics Association’s realm, top Indian athletes Ashwini Ponnappa (badminton doubles player), Tania Sachdev (Woman Grandmaster), Olympian Yogeshwar Dutt, Arjuna awaredee Rajkumar Sangwan, former captains of India womens hockey team Pritam Rani Siwach and Mamta Kharab, Commonwealth Games gold medalist Anisha Syed, and Arjuna awardee in wrestling Rajender Kumar participated in the run.