This past Sunday morning, Summer and Winter Olympian Lolo Jones and former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand joined together at the starting line of a remarkable global race called the Wings for Life World Run, which is dedicated to funding spinal cord injury research. In this photo, they join a thousand runners at the starting line in Sunrise, Fla. to celebrate the beginning of the World Run. More than 35K+ runners kicked off simultaneously in 34 countries on six continents. In the global race, runners tried to avoid being caught by a ‘Catcher Car,’ an innovative moving finish line that pursues the runners from behind.
Eric LeGrand is an inspirational voice in the spinal cord injury community after being paralyzed in a 2010 college football game. Millions of people around the world are living with a spinal cord injury, and each year 250,000 more are traumatically injured – the main cause being traffic accidents. 100% of the registration fees from the World Run go directly to the Wings for Life Foundation to fund research to cure spinal cord injury.
Here is a 2-minute video as well, recapping the action around the world.