Sunday’s third edition of the Wings for Life World Run was another huge success with a record-breaking 130,732 competitors taking part in the unique race, which aims to raise funds for research into finding a cure for spinal injuries.
The global race saw athletes start simultaneously at 34 locations on 33 countries worldwide, running as far as possible before being caught by a moving 'finish line' in the shape of one of the event's 'Catcher Cars'.
And once again, Red Bull Racing was to the fore in running the world, with team members taking part in a number of locations.
Firstly, 13-time grand prix winner and former driver David Coulthard was on hand to pilot the Catcher Car that set off in pursuit of the 2,000 runners who took part in the UK leg of the event. DC was joined at the Cambridge race by Red Bull athletes Jamie Roberts and George North.
Cheered on by the rugby stars and chased by a more-than-keen DC, a team from our Milton Keynes factory also took part in the Cambridge event. Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, new Team recruit Max Verstappen showed off his driving skills at the wheel of the Catcher Car in the race starting in the town of Breda. There, some 3,600 runners took the streets in aid of Wings for Life.
For most, the race is a fun way to raise much-needed funds for spinal injury research, but as ever, there's a seriously competitive element to the World Run and at the end of the day's running Italian Giorgio Calcaterra was crowned men's Global Champion. In Milan, Calcaterra managed to stay ahead of the Catcher Car for a record breaking 88.44 km, making him the first person in the event's history to break the 80 km barrier.
Across the globe in Takashima, Japan, Kaori Yoshida also rewrote the record books for women competitors, smashing the previous maximum of 56.33 km, with a whopping 65.71 km covered. The record number of competitors (who came from 203 countries and ran a combined total 1,255,000km worldwide), along with the 20,556 'Selfie Runners' who staged their own personal runs, raised an incredible 6.6 million Euros.