Event: Wings for Life World Run – Melbourne
Distance: ? ? km – when do you get caught?
Stay ahead of the Catcher Car
Date: Sunday 7th May 2017
Location: Hawthorn to ?
Organised by: Wings for Life World Run
With a radical concept, the Wings for Life World Run is a global race with a difference. Instead of a finish line, runners and wheelchair competitors – from beginners to elite athletes – race side by side to keep ahead of the Catcher Car.
On May 7, 2017, over 100,000 participants in 25 locations worldwide will start the Wings for Life World Run at precisely the same time – whether that’s dawn in North America, the middle of the day in Europe, or at night here in Australia. The Melbourne start time is 21:00 making for an exciting night running experience!
The Catcher Cars take off 30 minutes after the start at 15km/h and steadily increase their speed, precisely synced across the globe, until the last participants have been caught.
Wings for Life World Run
Based on the Wings for Life World Run 2017 Goal Calculator tool the plan was to average 04:50 min/km and end up with 31 km before being caught at 2h 30min;
The course starts from Patterson Reserve, Hawthorn East, and you run along the Monash Freeway eastbound until you are caught by the catch car. Although running along the freeway, elevation does come into play with the first 11km of the run being a climb and then steady undulations from there (the elevation chart below covers the initial 40km of the run).
I was in section (Zone) 2 this year, which placed me a bit closer to the start compared to last year. Even being this close to the start line the first kilometer was reasonably congested, there were even some walkers, and it took a few kilometers to be able to settle into a tempo.
I managed to catch Gary and Yassine out on course and knowing that Gary was aiming for 30km we settled in for some group tempo running. This made the run far more enjoyable, and staying pretty solidly on tempo we noticed we were passing lots of people from 20km without many people passing us. After the traffic noise had disappeared we could start to hear my Runkeeper telling us that we were 9 seconds up on the 4:50/km pace and we kept to that pace pretty consistently. The audio prompt was handy as the phone could stay out of the rain and in the pocket. (Runkeeper > Workout > Pace > 4:50min/km)
We did have some crappy weather out there this year, with several very wet and cold periods of rain. i was reasonably happy with the gear selection, but couldn’t of handled a lot colder without resorting to the jacket.
We knocked over the 30km target well within the time frame, moved onto 31km and then 32km. We were expecting the car to catch us at the 32km point where the buses were waiting, but realised we still had time up our sleeves continued on at a slower pace (warm down) and were caught just after 33kms. After being caught it was the weird “zombie walk” through to the bus waiting at 34km.
I ran in the Saucony Peregrine 6 trail shoes to make sure I had more miles in them before UTA, considering I haven’t done this long on bitumen for some time they worked very well.
I ran with a soft bottle of Hammer Perpetuem, two SIS Isotonic Gels, and four Hammer Endurolytes. I used most of the Perpetuem over the course of the run using small sips, one Gel at 11km, two Endurolytes at the hour, another Gel at about 24km, and the last two Endurolytes during the Zombie Walk. This was overfeeding to see if it triggered any issues at this pace; the good news is that there were no problems.
Global ranking: 2417, M45 category 232
Melbourne ranking: 71, M45 category 10