© Wings For Life World Run

Every year Wings for Life World Run takes place simultaneously in numerous countries. It’s just a couple of years that World Run Georgia joined the marathon. It’s a marathon, where everyone sets individual running goals – participants start running at their own pace and a “Catcher Car” chases them.  It detects the barcode placed on the runners back and automatically records his/her maximum running distance. Thus, the race is not only about endurance, but speed as well.

Registration fee is 30 Gel and all the proceeds go to spinal cord research.  So far, the Run has attracted more than 280,000 people from 38 countries, raising 13.8 million Euros for the charity.

Its location is in a picturesque Lopota Valley in Kakheti.  To get there, you need to drive towards Telavi, pass thru it and then turn left, towards the Kvareli. You will soon approach a designated parking space. The further car road is blocked for the running purposes.

Wings for Life World Run isn’t exclusively for professional runners – anyone can participate. As long as you are willing to run or walk a bit, you can register. Even if you are unable to make it, you can still donate the money for spinal research.

The event is very well organized – queues are arranged alphabetically; everyone gets a bag with necessary items, last year it was a bandana, sandwich and bottle of water. There are pit stops along the way, offering fruit, energetic drinks, and water. You may also ride one of the constantly-circulating shuttles to get back to the start line. And most importantly – as you ran, you pass the beautiful mountains and historical monuments like Gremi church.

The run is finished with awards ceremony, usually followed by a concert. Tired joggers relax on the grass, have barbeque, watch the show and enjoy warm Kakheti weather. This is the time to mingle, meet your friends and let your legs rest.

This year Wings for Life is held on May 7th. Hurry up and register ASAP, as the registration will soon be over.

Enjoy running for a good cause in a beautiful setting!