Joining men’s winner Chema Martinez is Bridgewater College student Lizzie Styles who competed in the Wings for Life WorldRun in Barcelona on May 4 and was the winner among all the women competing in the race. Lizzie is studying abroad with BCA in Barcelona, Spain.
According to the Wings for Life website, there were 35,397 runners in the May 4 race who ran a total of 530,928 kilometers – or the equivalent of one runner taking more than 13 laps around the world.
The race was run simultaneously on 34 different courses in 32 countries on 6 continents and 13 time zones. Lemawork Ketema of Ethiopia and Elise Selvikvag Molvik of Norway took first place in the men’s and women’s races, running 78.58 km and 54.78 km, respectively.
About the Wings for Life Foundation
Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation. Its mission is to find a cure for spinal cord injury. The organization funds world-class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe aimed at healing the injured spinal cord. The driving forces behind Wings for Life are two-time motocross world champion Heinz Kinigadner and the founder of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz. In 2003, Kinigadner’s son Hannes had an accident that left him tetraplegic. Moved by the dreadful injury, Kinigadner and Mateschitz founded the Wings for Life research foundation–with the goal of finding ways to cure all people affected.