Zadar – Wings for Life World Run
The fifth Wings for Life World Run race was held in the Adriatic city of Zadar on May 6. Around 8,500 runners, the most so far in Zadar, from over 30 countries, gathered with one goal – to run for those who cannot. This global race is traditionally held on the first Sunday in May at some dozen locations around the world.
What makes the race unique is that there is no finish line, and the race is finished for each individual runner when the catcher car passes them and registers their score.
It is also important to note that 100 percent of the proceeds is intended for the Wings for Life foundation which funds research projects to find the cure for spinal cord injuries.
Many persons with disabilities participated in the race this year – people in wheelchairs, professional athletes, and recreational athletes of all ages. The winners of the Zadar race, with most kilometres run, were Karl Aumayr from Austria and Martina Burzova from Slovakia.
The next day we learned that some 75,700 runners across the world finished the race, and the overall winner was Aaron Anderson from Sweden who participated in the wheelchair in the Florida race.
From the office of Ombudsperson for Persons with Disabilities, Deputy Darijo Jurisic participated in the race.