The whole world is already in the starting blocks to the 08.Mai 2016 to those run that it can not itself. If to item 13 clock local time of the launch of the 3 Wings for Life World Run falls, will this year for the first time Kira Grünberg stand at the starting line. The young Tyrolean, which itself is a paraplegic since a training accident in the summer, wants to set an example and also running now even for spinal cord research.

As Kira Grünberg unhappy in a pub in Tirol on July 30 in the vault box of Pole Vault system crashed, the 22-year-old athlete was immediately clear what had happened. Immediately Grünberg was housed and cared for in the Innsbruck University Clinic. Shortly thereafter confirmed the doctors what they themselves already guessed paraplegia. A diagnosis that is currently unfortunately affects millions of people worldwide.

Courageous and full of life will Grünberg has accepted her fate and training hard to get back to find in life. With a lot of ambition and support it has managed a restricted movement in the upper body regain and simple things like teeth brush, eat and drink to relearn. In recent weeks and months learned the young Tirolerin a flood of sympathy and help. Support that they now like to seize the opportunity offered wants the issue spinal cord injuries continue to wear out in public.

Kira Grünberg to her role as an ambassador: I am proud of the new Ambassador of the Wings for Life World Runs to be. I have since my accident from many sides a lot of support get and now wants to give something back and help make paraplegia is curable. As an ambassador, it is natural for me that I take part in the run. To May 8, I will continue to train so I can help my team in the running. I can only call all to participate, because not only professional athletes, but anyone can contribute to the fact that people are helped with paraplegia in future can. My motto and the motto of the run is: Each reached the goal !

Besides Kira Grünberg some familiar faces with it will again this year be. among them Model, Mama and Miss Austria 2000 Patricia Kaiser, which already since the first Wings for Life World Run is committed, the extreme runner Christian Schiester, former marathon runner Michael Buchleitner, Paralympics champion Thomas Geierspichler, and international stars such as Olympic champion Aksel Lund Svindal and the F1 drivers David Coulthard and Daniel Ricciardo.

With the Wings for Life World Run ambassadors together to 15,000 people are the way paths through the heart of Vienna. In this case, the field will be across the various Vienna Move municipal districts, back on the Mariahilferstrasse towards Ring. Along steeped in history building as the Hofburg, the Parliament, the Burgtheater and the Rathaus the route leads to Schwedenplatz and continue over the bridge and the Danube island kingdom of the city beyond.

The Wings for Life World Run was organized by the non-profit organization Wings for Life launched called. The foundation promotes worldwide research projects and clinical trials to cure Paraplegia. All entry fees in full flow directly into research. The Wings for Life World Run was in its early years been an outstanding global sporting event. We hope that in 2016 more athletes will be taking part and we re a can muster considerable sum for spinal cord research. “said Anita Gerhardter, CEO the Wings for Life Foundation. In 2015, the donations could once again by 1.2 million euros increased to 4.2 million. A result that is of course 2016 meet again want.

International stars of the sporting world and prominent personalities are as ambassadors or active participants behind the initiative. Among the many supporters of the event include ski Superstar Marcel Hirscher, ski legends Andreas Goldberger, Gregor Schlierenzauer and Thomas Morgenstern, the Austrian extreme runner Christian Schiester, Paralympics Gold medalist Thomas Geierspichler, model and Miss Austria 2000 Patricia Kaiser, the Danish Ironman European Champion Camilla Pedersen, Olympic champion Aksel Svindal, as well as the former Formula 1 drivers Mark Webber and David Coulthard.

7000 Läufer am Start © Philipp SchusterRed Bull Content Pool


• Global Winners: Lemawork Ketema (ETH, 79.9 km), in Austria

• World Champion: Yuuko Watanabe (Japan, 56.3 km), in Japan

Applied amount: 4.2 million euros (entry fees of registered participants plus Donations)

routes: Countries: 33 Routes: 35, Continents: 6

applications worldwide: 101,280



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From: Tom Sports Consulting

** Translated from German

Kira Grünberg © Mirja Geh

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