Wings for Life
Event Details 05/06/2018 4 am to 7 am
About The Race
WINGS FOR LIFE WORLD RUN
The Wings for Life World Run is a truly unique and global race for both runners and wheelchair participants. Instead of a finish line, competitors race side by side to keep ahead of the virtual Catcher Car. Now in it’s fith year, on May 6, 2018 Wings for Life World Run participants in United States can also run together in Columbia River, WA. Meet up with your friends, download the Wings for Life World Run App and join all the other people running until the virtual Catcher Car catches you of course. The race starts at exactly 00:05. The virtual Catcher Car takes off 30 minutes after the start at 15km/h and steadily increases its speed until the last athletes have been caught. 100% of all donations and the entry fees go directly into spinal cord research projects.
On May 6, 2018 wheelchair participants and runners start side by side at this track. The only requirement: wheelchair participants have to start in everyday wheelchairs.
REFRESHMENT STATION AND LOCAL SET UP
Red Bull, Water and Featured Brunch Cocktail
TIMING AND RACE NUMBER
You will receive your personal race number via email and it’s also available next to your starting number on the website a couple of days before the race.
The Wings for Life World Run App is your time tracking tool. When you are registered the App will start automatically on the event day.
The virtual Catcher Car takes off 30 minutes after the start and as soon as it overtakes you, you will get clear signals via the App.
Please make sure to have a fully charged phone on race day.
YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO HELP FIND A CURE
In order to join this Organized App Run, please download the Wings for Life World Run App for Android or iPhone and sign up for race day in the App
4 am to 7 am
100 Columbia St #102, Vancouver, WA 98660
Wings For Life
The Wings for Life World Run. The race where every participant is sure to finish!
The Wings for Life World Run is a global charity event with a unique, and uniquely fun, format.
It’s a worldwide run where everybody starts simultaneously and the finish line chases you!
Here’s how it works: On one day each year, the Wings for Life World Run takes place at event locations across the planet. Everybody starts at exactly the same moment, 11am UTC. Whether it’s day or night, bright sun or pouring rain at your location – you’re running together with the world and sharing an amazing experience. Your name shows up on a Global Result List, too!
Just a newbie to running? The Wings for Life World Run is perfect for everyone, of every ability, because you set your own goals and you don’t head toward a distant finish line. Instead, the finish line catches up with you. A half hour after the race starts, a moving finish line, the “Catcher Car,” chases runners along the course, gradually getting faster until each one is caught. The first runners passed after a few kilometers are the first to celebrate their accomplishments, while the last man and woman to be caught are declared Global Champions. (88.44km is the current record!)
Can’t make it to an event location? It’s still easy to join the global movement. Get the Wings for Life World Run App and you’ll be chased by a Virtual Catcher Car at the same time as all the other runners around the globe. And be sure to check out the Organized App Runs, where groups are meeting to run with the App together.
Every cent raised goes to cutting-edge research.
When you participate in the Wings for Life World Run, you know you’re making an impact. 100% of all entry fees and all donations raised through fundraising campaigns go directly to life-changing spinal cord research projects and clinical trials at renowned universities and institutes worldwide. The nonprofit Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation is a driving force behind the mission, and Red Bull covers the foundation’s administrative costs in full as well as costs for the Wings for Life World Run.
You make the difference.
Who participates in the Wings for Life World Run? People who care – and who like to have fun while making a difference. People like you! So if you’re the crazy costume type, go for it. But if you’re serious about your result, that’s fine, too. Either way, you’ll be running together with athletes, casual joggers and wheelchair users. The young and the not-so-young. Everyday people and famous names. Across its first three editions (2014, 2015, 2016), the Wings for Life World Run attracted more than 280,000 people from 193 nationalities to run in more than 38 countries across six continents. They raised 13.8 million Euros while covering more than 2.8 million kilometers.
Flat and fast as you take on the paved sidewalk along the beautiful Columbia River. Heading east along the river, you will follow the trail to a turn-around point located about 2.5K from the start. There you will loop back for another 2.5K. Take in this scenic view as many times as you can until you are caught by the catcher car!
*Athletes may run further east along the river if desired.*
Cost, Registration & Packet Pickup
To be part of the Wings for Life World Run on the 6th May 2018 a registration fee will be charged; 100 % of your fee go to Spinal Cord Research.
After you completed your registration for race day, you can join this organized App Run.
Check out the links below to sign up and get more information about this special event.
Wings for Life Website - https://
Specialty Athletic Training Fundraising Page - https://
App Run Columbia River, WA Webpage - https://
Corporate Honoree - http://
Call 360.574.7292 for more information
Training & Preparation
Ok, Step #1. Register! That puts purpose to your training and forces you to commit - an important part of getting to the finish line!
Step #2. It's time to train! Yes, we want you to get to the finish line feeling strong, healthy, reaching for your best, and injury free!
One way to help your training is to join a local running club, clinic or training studio. Here is a list of resources to assist you with your training and preparation:
- Fleet Feet Pdx (Formerly Fit Right NW) Run Training
- Clark County Running Club
- Vancouver Run, Grug & Chug Club
- Oregon Road Runners Club
- Eastwind Running & Endurance Club
- NoPo Running Club
Personal Training & Coaches
- Northwest Personal Training Call us at 360.574.7292. We offer various training programs and running clinics to help you get to the finish line.
- Ronald Homer – Running Coach
- Robby Halterman – Triathlon & Running Coach
- Cindy Shrum – USAT Triathlon Coach
- Remy McGuire - Endurance Sports & Nutrition Coach
- Kraig Erickson, AthleteWise Performance Coaching, Bend
General Running Program Design: If you are going to attempt this on your own or would like a better understanding of proper training protocol, here are a few general guidelines for designing your training program.
- If you are not running consistently right now, start with a Learn to Run program that will start with 1 minute of running and 4 minutes of walking and gradually progress adding 1 minute of running per session per week and reduce walking until you can comfortably run non-stop.
- As you progress your weekly long runs, do not increase your volume any more than 10-20% every 1-2 weeks. Be more conservative if you are more prone to injury.
- Try not to run 2 days in a row if possible. Running exposes your body to a lot of impact and it is helpful to allow your body time to recover in between running workouts, especially if you are prone to injury.
- Allow for one full recovery day per week. It doesn’t mean you have to lay around watching TV and eating bon bons all day but it’s a good idea to have one day a week when you aren’t concerned about getting into your training zone and instead, allow your body a day’s rest from impact and intensity.
- Invest in a good pair of running shoes and consult with an expert to help determine the right show for your body. Check out the following column where I discuss in detail the key pointers on getting the right running shoe for you. http://blogs.columbian.com/sherri-mcmillan/2014/07/22/choosing-right-athletic-shoes/
- If possible, run on packed, level dirt, trails, or grass, which are a lot easier on your body. If running through the city, paved roads (asphalt) are easier on your legs than concrete sidewalks (cement). Just watch for traffic and always run in the opposite direction of cars so you can react if needed.
- Implement muscle strength and endurance training into your program. As you run, the muscles of your lower body absorb the forces. As your muscles fatigue, they lose their shock absorbing abilities and the forces are absorbed more through your bones and joints. If you strength train, your muscles become stronger, are better able to absorb impact, take longer to fatigue and are better able to generate greater force leading to faster running speeds. The ability of a muscle to resist fatigue helps reduce the incidence of injury. Research has shown the areas that suffer the largest amount of stress include the feet, the shins, the back, knees and the hip. Therefore, a specific program that addresses these areas must be followed if long-term running is a goal. Luckily you don't need to spend a great deal of time in the weight room to experience these benefits. All you'll need to do is 1 set of 8-20 reps of a variety of exercises two times per week. This equates to about 30-60 minutes a few times a week. We're hoping that those of you who want to minimize your risk for injury and enhance your running performance, will be able to find the motivation and time to fit these short workouts in. If you do not have a personalized weight training program, we strongly encourage you to invest in a few sessions with a trainer, so they can design a program for you. This will ensure you’re not wasting any time during your workouts.
- Incorporate cross training into your program. We'd rather see a runner run 3x/week and compliment their program with swimming, cycling, resistance training and fitness classes rather than run 6x/week. Cross training will maintain a greater balance to your program and your body and keep your program exciting.
- Consider how you run. Seems easy enough right? Right foot, left foot. But there is actually a science to it. Go to the following link for a blog about Effective Running Technique. http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/09/29/running-program-week-8/In fact, there is an 11 week Running Program series chock full of great information for those of you who are starting your running career! :)
- Before you begin any run or run/walk workout, start with a 6-12 minute walk. This will allow your heart rate and breathing rate to increase gradually, your body temperature to rise and prepare your muscles for the workout. Once you've completed your warm-up, complete the following dynamic joint movements to take your lower body joints through their full range of motion in a slow, controlled fashion.
- Start with one leg in front of the other.
- Raise the back heel up onto your toes and contract the calf. Repeat 10-15x.
- Now lift the entire back foot off the floor and contract the glute (buttock). Repeat 10-15x
- Now lift the back heel towards the buttocks and contract the hamstrings (back of the thigh). Repeat 10-15x.
- Now lift the knee forwards and contract the quads (front of thigh). Repeat 10-15x.
- Now hold your knee up and balance while doing 10 ankle circles one way and then the other way.
Repeat this sequence on the other leg.
Then perform a 20 fast toe taps on each leg and 20 heel raises.
You're now ready to start your workout. Ease into your training zone.
- Once you have completed each workout including warm-up and cool-down, be sure you save enough time to lengthen and release. This is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your chances of experiencing injuries and to aid in the recovery process. If you don’t foam roll regularly, please call us at 360.574.7292 so we can schedule you in to show you a few critical release techniques.
Tapering: At about 1-2 weeks from race day, it's time to back off on your training mileage to allow your body enough time to recover and repair before event day. Focus more on quality versus quantity. This is more important for the longer distances.
Nutrition: What to Eat Before, During & After the event:
- Eat well the week before the event. Drink lots of water to ensure you're well hydrated and stock up on healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein sources. Dinner on Friday and Saturday night should be a balanced diet of carbs, protein and fat to provide you with sustainable energy. For example, a chicken/tofu and vegetable pasta with half marinara/cream is a nice option. Or a Vegetable, Meat/Tofu stir-fry with brown rice is a good option. If you know a certain meal has worked in the past, stick with it! And get plenty of rest!
- On Sunday morning, your pre-race meal should contain easily digestible carbohydrates (ie. bread, cereal, bagel, fruit, energy bar) and should be eaten 1-4 hours before the event. Don't eat anything new. You don't want any unexpected surprises or digestive upsets.
- During the event, take water at each of the aid stations - approximately every 2 miles on course. Even just a few sips will help. When you take your water cup, try squeezing the top of your cup together to create a narrow opening, so as you drink, you don't inhale and choke on too much water. If you feel you may require more water or fuel than this, please be sure to carry it with you. Some runners/walkers like to have a little bit of sugar for a longer race- we'll have PowerBar Gels and Fluid Replacement Drink at all the aid stations to give you that last little push to the finish.
- Post event - Congratulations! Be sure to get some fluids - especially the energy drink with electrolytes - into your system right away. Definitely consume some of the fruit and energy bars that we will provide within 1 hour of finishing the event. This will help you recover much more quickly and replenish those depleted carbs in your muscles. Then later in the day - eat what you want (within reason). You deserve it! :)
Race Day Mental Prep: Have Fun! As you travel to the race, repeat some positive self-statements about how well you feel and how excited you are about the event. Smile and get yourself in a good frame of mind. Remember to enjoy the experience. Try your best but remember to pace yourself! You've already won just by showing up!
Sponsors & Exhibitors
Our athletes – triathletes, duathletes, runners, walkers, cyclists – are active, educated, middle to high income earners who are committed to their fitness while also supporting our community. They are loyal to brands that support their mission towards a healthy body, mind, spirit and world.
These athletes are strong consumers of:
- Health & Wellness services such as Massage, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Natural Medicine, Acupuncture, Personal Training and Coaching. They break it down and need you to build it back up again and keep them healthy, fit and strong.
- Bicycles – A Triathlete will often spend more money on their bike and accessories than they do on vital services!
- Running Shoes – Every runner/triathlete recognizes the importance of a good pair of shoes and once they connect and have success with your brand, they become die-hard, loyal customers and brand ambassadors by default.
- Active Gear & Clothing – Runners & Triathletes will spend a lot of money on tights, compression socks, waterproof clothing, running vests, water-proof jackets, hats, and gloves that make them more comfortable and able to endure the elements better. They also love shirts with fun, witty captions!
- Technical Gadgets – Runners & Triathletes are often technological geeks and love GPS systems and downloadable products that allow them to track and analyze their performances
- Energy Drinks, Bars & Jells – Competitive athletes require healthy, quick energy products and when they find the product that works for them, they rarely waiver and again become brand ambassadors and advocates.
- Fast, cool cars – Runners & Triathletes have a need for speed and it’s not limited to their bikes. They love cool, fast, sporty vehicles that allow them to get outdoors!
- Beer & Wine – Yes, serious athletes do enjoy drinking! Isn’t that why they train so hard?!
- Restaurants – They train hard & eat big to refuel. They are often foodies always looking for the next go-to restaurant.
- Financial Services – They are an educated, wealthy group and are smart enough to know they need to develop a plan for their financial future
Why Racing Events Inc., is the largest producers of Multi-Sport Events in the Northwest. We can provide you with the opportunity to gain brand recognition and loyalty of thousands of triathletes, runners, cyclists and walkers. We value businesses that provide high-quality products and relevant services which allow our athletes to thrive and to achieve their goals. We look for partnerships with companies which are creative and which help enhance our events and our athletes’ experiences.
We take our partnerships very seriously and recognize that both parties must benefit to assure a win:win arrangement. We offer a diverse range of sponsorship packages tailored to align seamlessly with your company’s marketing goals and provide a dynamic environment for delivering your corporate message and introducing your relevant products or services to this desirable target audience.
- Title, Presenting, Gold, Silver, Bronze & Copper Penny options – We can tailor a sponsorship package to work with your budget!
- Vendor Opportunities – Get face to face with our athletes and their family & friends and showcase your products and/or services
- Sponsorship Opportunities
- Logo and link placement on Website, Event Pages and Social media
- Recognition in email and direct athlete correspondence
- Logo and link placement on Website, Event Pages and Social media platforms
- Logo on event promotional fliers and posters
- Logo on event products – ie t-shirts, goody bags, water bottles
- Coupon/Promotional material in goody bags or online virtual goody bags
- Company banners posted at events
- Sponsor recognition during race announcements
For information on vendor opportunities at specific events and sponsorship opportunities for Why Racing Events Inc. please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the information below.
We’re always happy to discuss the possibilities of creating a win/win partnership with you!
Results & Photos
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