During his long reign of dominance in the NFL, Randy Moss outran nearly every defensive back he faced.
Now, you get your chance to run against Randy.
The seven-time Pro Bowler will be participating in the upcoming Wings for Life World Run, a globally synchronized race taking place in 34 cities around the globe on May 8. One-hundred percent of the entry fees go directly to spinal cord research, and the event has already donated $8.8 million since its inception in 2014.
What makes the Wings for Life World Run unique is that there’s no finish line. Shortly after the runners take off from the starting line, “Catcher Cars” start chasing them down. Once a Catcher Car passes a runner, his or her race is over. The cars slowly increase speed at intervals until they catch the final runner. Due to the race’s open-ended nature, the distance covered by participants varies dramatically. Last year, the final runners made it nearly 50 miles before the Catcher Cars finally caught them.
Moss will be racing at the Sunrise, Florida location. On the day before the race, he will lead a fitness boot camp for other participants. Moss says, “The Wings for Life World Run is something that’s going on around the world; it’s not just inside the United States. Any time I get the chance to do something for a great cause, I like to do things like this. Right now, my life is just about meeting people and helping people.”
At 39, Moss is still in incredible shape, but he isn’t overly optimistic about the distance he’ll be able to cover. “I’m not sure how far I’ll get, maybe a mile or two. But I’m definitely participating,” he says.
After the conclusion of the race, participants can see how they stacked up against runners from around the world using the global results database. If you are unable to run at one of the 34 locations, you can download the Wings for Life World Run app to your smartphone and participate anywhere.
You can register for this unique global event at the Wings for Life World Run official website.