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Garmin Continues Global Brand Partnership with the Wings For Life World Run

Garmin Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd., global leaders in GPS technology, announce the continued partnership with the Wings for Life World Run 2016, a running and wheelchair event that aims to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for spinal cord injury. Garmin will again, make a monetary contribution that will assist with the running costs of the event so that 100% of the proceeds go to the race’s mission of research development and raising awareness around the cause. As a leading worldwide supplier of GPS navigation devices for automotive, Garmin will also supply the Wings for Life event with personal navigation devices for the event vehicles. As an active lifestyle brand, Garmin is proud to partner with the Wings For Life event and support the race’s motto: Running for those who can’t.

The 2016 Wings for Life World Run will be held in 34 locations around the world on Sunday, May 8 and all the proceeds raised from the race will go directly to the Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation. For those who are eager to participate, the South Africa event will take place in Centurion, just outside the SuperSport Park Cricket stadium on West Street in Centurion, Pretoria.

Originally launched in 2014, the Wings for Life World Run is a unique running and wheelchair event for participants of all abilities and with no finish line or final distance set. All the races around the world simultaneously start at 11 a.m. UTC and 30 minutes later Catcher Cars start to chase the racers until they pass all of the participants at the end of their race. The last female and male participants to be caught by the Catcher Cars are awarded the title of “Global Wings for Life World Run Champions”.

Whether it’s running, cycling or other athletic pursuits, Garmin fitness devices have been essential tools for athletes both amateur and elite for nearly a decade. Garmin is committed to encouraging every day people to lead active lifestyles and offers a range of activity trackers (vivo series) and wearable devices (Forerunner series) to help motivate health and wellness journeys. The Forerunner series is designed for runners of all levels and offers running-specific features, to help users train for events like Wings for Life. The Garmin vivo series of wearable activity bands, track distance, speed and heart rate to encourage users to move a little more each day and is the perfect device for those participating in this great cause.

Registration is open now for the 2016 Wings for Life World Run and all are welcome to sign up, from beginners to dedicated athletes. Every participant makes a difference.

All the important entry information

  • Date: Sunday 8 May 2016
  • Time: Starter gun goes at 13h00 local time
  • Venue: SuperSport Park, 283 West Ave & South Street, Centurion
  • Entry fee: R250, 100 percent of which goes to spinal cord research
  • Official social hashtags: #Wingsforlife #WorldRun.

To enter as an individual

  1. Don’t worry. You’re not really running alone, there are thousands of participants all around the world.
  2. Register for the South African event at
  3. Boast about your entry on your favourite social media platform including #Wingsforlife #WorldRun.
  4. Set your distance goal and start training. Or show up on the day and run for as long you’re able. Either way, you’re bringing the world one step closer to a cure for spinal cord injury.

To enter a team

  1. Assemble your team of friends, work buddies, neighbours, relatives, fellow book clubbers or mums’ groupers. This is also perfect for running clubs and corporate teams.
  2. Pick a fun team name and creative running costume.
  3. Register your team at
  4. Boast about your entry on your favourite social media platform including  #WingsforLife #WorldRun.
  5. Set a team goal and gather for regular training sessions, or just show up on the day with a costume and a lot of team spirit. Either way, you’re bringing the world one step closer to a cure for spinal cord injury.
  6. Take pics of your training and race for social media, company newsletter or family Christmas card.
  7. Check back at after the event for your team ranking, which shows who ran furthest in your team, the team’s combined kilometres and the team’s average kilometres.

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