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Got your back: SA spreads wings for spinal cord injury research

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Got your back: SA spreads wings for spinal cord injury research

Runners, athletes and wheelchair racers from across the world take part in a race in which the finish line chases you

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From Sandton to Slovenia, thousands of runners will take to the road this Sunday in the annual Wings for Life World Run, including Sandile Mkhize, who broke his back in a motorbike crash, and Brandon Beack, who broke his neck during practice as a 16-year-old gymnast.

Now in its ninth edition, the global charity run will see participants around the world all start the race at exactly the same time. Fun runners, athletes and wheelchair racers from Fourways to France will connect virtually via an app that measures a runner’s distance from their unique location using the live tracking system.

For Sandile Mkhize, who has been participating in the race since 2016, it’s a race in which the finish line chases you. Adrenaline aside, it’s also for a good cause, with entry fees going towards research aimed at finding a cure for spinal cord injuries...

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