For many of us who’ve ran in 5ks, 10ks, half marathons or marathons, there’s one thing we’re all running towards – the finish line. At the Wings for Life World Run, a globally synchronized race that returns to Sunrise, FL on Sunday, May 5, it’s the finish line that you’ll be running from.

The unique race concept employs what’s known as a ‘Catcher Car’ which provides a moving finish line that takes off 30 minutes after the start of the race and steadily increases its speed until it passes all participants, ending their race. Simply put, the last man or woman caught wins the race. Many runners, perhaps motivated by the mobile finish line, are pleasantly surprised to go much further than they initially planned.

Catcher Car Speed Breakdown

  • 7:00 a.m. – RACE START
  • 7:30 a.m. – CATCHER CAR STARTS 14km/hr (8.69 miles/hr)
  • 8:00 a.m. – PACE INCREASE: 15km/hr (9.32 miles/hr)
  • 8:30 a.m. – PACE INCREASE: 16km/hr (9.94 miles/hr)
  • 9:00 a.m. – PACE INCREASE: 17 km/hr (10.56 miles/hr)
  • 9:30 a.m. – PACE INCREASE: 18km/hr (11.18 miles/hr)
  • 10:00 a.m. – PACE INCREASE: 22 km/hr (13.67 miles/hr)
  • 10:30 a.m. – PACE INCREASE: 26 km/hr (16.15 miles/hr)
  • 11:00 a.m. – PACE INCREASE: 30 km/hr (18.64 miles/hr)
  • 11:30 a.m. – PACE INCREASE: 34 km/hr (21.12 miles/hr)

In the past, runners participating in Sunrise and dozens of locations around the world have gone miles beyond marathon distances, but those interested in an early morning fun run for a great cause can go as far as they’d like.

Registration for the Wings for Life World Run in Sunrise is open until race day, and with 100% of all entry fees going towards spinal cord injury research, the race is welcome to runners and wheelchair participations of all ability and skill levels. To sign up ahead of the May 5th race, register on the Sunrise event page of the Wings for Life World Run website.