Wings for Life World Run 8, which will be run at the same time all over the world on Sunday, May 2022, will be hosted by İzmir, in Turkey, in order to fund research on the treatment of spinal cord paralysis and to raise awareness on this issue. Press conference of the organization where hundreds of thousands of people will "run for those who can't run" Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer and Semra Çetinkaya, President of the Turkish Spinal Cord Paralysis Association. Minister Tunç Soyerinvited everyone to Izmir on 8 May to support the treatment of spinal cord paralysis.
The Turkish leg of the Wings for Life World Run 8, which will be held simultaneously in eight countries on Sunday, May 2022, in order to fund research on the treatment of spinal cord paralysis, will be run for the fifth time in İzmir. All of the income from the race, which was organized with the support of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, will be used in research for the permanent treatment of spinal cord paralysis. The presentation of the race, which will start at 14.00, was made with a press conference held at the Historical Coal Gas Factory.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor attended the meeting. Tunç Soyer, İzmir Youth and Sports Provincial Director Murat Eskici, Turkish Spinal Cord Paralytics Association President Semra Çetinkaya, Ford Turkey Marketing Manager Talat İşoğlu, Red Bull Athlete Hazal Nehir, Red Bull athlete Dario Costa who will use the Ford Kuga Catching Vehicle, players Müge Boz, Onur Büyüktopçu, Anıl Altan and athletes participated.
“İzmir was given the title of the city that best embodies the European values”
President speaking at the meeting Tunç SoyerStating that they expect to host nearly ten thousand runners in the Izmir leg of the race, which will start simultaneously in 8 countries on two continents, he said that on May 8, they will announce their support to the world in the fight against spinal cord paralysis from Izmir. Continuing his speech by reminding that İzmir has won an important award, the President Tunç Soyer“İzmir received an award that made us all proud. It was deemed worthy of the 2022 European Award by the European Parliament and İzmir was given the title of the city with the best European values. One of the main reasons we have been awarded this title is because we carry out a great deal of work that promotes sport as a way of life and protects public health. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality attaches great importance to international sports organizations in order to increase our sports habits and to bring Izmir together with the world.
“We made Marathon İzmir one of the most important races of our country”
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, who stated that despite the pandemic process affecting the world, they organize many sports events and host international tournaments. Tunç Soyer, said:
“As you know, we crowned the 9 September Half Marathon and 19 May races with Marathon İzmir. While promoting Maraton İzmir, I stated that it would be one of the most important brands of İzmir. I emphasized that with the advantage of the track and the quality of the organization, it will reach the level of limited marathons in which everyone from 7 to 70 participated in a short time. I can proudly say that it did. We made Marathon İzmir, which we organized for the third time in April, one of the most important races of our country in a short time.”
Izmir is hosting for the fifth time
President Soyer noted that it was not a coincidence that İzmir was chosen for the Wings for Life World Run race, and that the city's continued hosting of this competition was a result of the increased value they gave to sports. Soyer said, “This international organization, which serves such a valuable purpose, is being held for the seventh time in the world and in Turkey, and İzmir is hosting this race for the fifth time. This is a great honor for Izmir, for all of us. I wish good luck to all the contestants. "I would like to thank everyone who supported me," he said.
“This run is promising”
Semra Çetinkaya, President of the Turkish Spinal Cord Paralysis Association, stated that while she was a healthy business person, she had a spinal cord paralysis after a traffic accident. Drawing attention to the importance of wearing a seat belt while driving, Çetinkaya said, “You become dependent on other people, on a wheelchair. You encounter obstacles on the streets at home. That's why it's not easy to start everything from scratch. That's why this race is very promising. We hope that an awareness will be created and good steps will be taken with the funds to be collected.”
“It has a special importance that it is done for the good of others”
İzmir Provincial Director of Youth and Sports Murat Eskici also stated that İzmir hosts great sports activities, but the event on 8 May has a special importance and said: “People come together to do good. If we are healthy today, we may be unhealthy tomorrow. But when people come together to do good for others, it means that there is a different beauty. Izmir is a big city. Capital of sports. It has a special importance that it is always remembered with sports and that sports activities are carried out for the good of others. The feelings of kindness in our society are not dead. People are almost competing to do good. I would like to thank everyone who contributed."
“Leave the keys and run if there is goodness”
Ford Turkey Marketing Manager Talat İşoğlu stated that they have determined their motto as “Leave the keys and run if there is goodness” and said, “We would like to thank all the people of İzmir, especially our esteemed president, for hosting such a beautiful organization. It is one of the most beautiful and meaningful races in the world for us. We have been supporting since 2016. We are here as the main sponsor.”
Call from athletes
One of the Red Bull athletes, Hazal Nehir, said, “Everyone who participates in this organization is looking for hope for the spinal cord paralysis, there is hope. The larger we are, the more we show that we are on their side. We expect everyone to come to Izmir on Sunday to intensify these steps,'' he said.
One day, Dario Costa, one of the Red Bull athletes, stated that everyone could have a spinal cord paralysis, “We want to support the science that is trying to find a solution for this disease. One of my goals is to raise awareness about spinal cord paralysis.”
There's no finish line, there's a catch
Wings for Life World Run will start at 14.00:15 at Kulturpark. In the race where there is no finish line, the runners will try not to be caught by the Catch Vehicle, which will set off at a speed of 35 kilometers half an hour after the start of the race. The vehicle, whose speed increases every half hour, will reach a maximum speed of XNUMX km / h. The last male and female competitor behind the catch vehicle will be the winner. The male and female competitor who manages to continue the race for the longest time, which will start at the same time in different parts of the world, will be the world champion.
Registration for the race continues at kosamayanlariicinkos.com.
Günceleme: 06/05/2022 14:24