The marathon where you out run a car
When it comes to charity, saying you want to give back and actually giving back are two rather different things. So, whether its pouring a bucket of iced water on yourself or not shaving for a month, it seems that most fundraising now involves some additional form of gimmick to drum up attention to worthy causes.
So, if additional incentive is what you need, next month sees the return to Dubai of the Wings for Life: World Run. A global, ground-breaking charity run with a twist.
Held on May 8, the coordinated global event will see people from all over the world running at the same time, braving soaring temperatures - day or night depending on the city you're in - to raise awareness and funds for people with spinal cord injuries. But this isn't your typical marathon. The Wings for Life World Run marathon has a unique format in the sense that there no actual finishing line.
The 'finish line' is actually moving, or more precise, its behind you in the form of Catcher Cars. These cars usually have a celebrity driver (For Dubai, renowned TV celebrity Mustafa Agha has been announced as the driver) who gives you a thirty minute head start before, just like the supernatural creature in It Follows, following you, really slowly, and relentlessly. Only when they eventually catch everyone in the race can it be declared over, with the last man and woman to be caught in any city around the world will be declared Global Champion.
The event will also see participants run side by side with people who have suffered from spinal injury, and will compete on wheelchairs, with all entry fees (and donations) going to spinal cord research projects. So for your chance to enter visit wingsforlifeworldrun.com