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Simon Zebo: I can't wait to take on GAA stars in Wings For Life World Run

Published 20/04/2015 | 20:48

Ireland and Munster star Simon Zebo admits he cannot wait to run against GAA stars Joe Canning and Bernard Brogan when the Wings for Life World Run comes to Ireland.

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Runners of all abilities, fun runners and fanatics, young and old, will come together in joining tens of thousands of other runners from six continents and 34 countries who will also start the race at the same time.

Irish and Munster rugby player, Simon Zebo is a race ambassador and driver of the Catcher Car for the Irish race of the 2015 Wings for Life World Run
Irish and Munster rugby player, Simon Zebo is a race ambassador and driver of the Catcher Car for the Irish race of the 2015 Wings for Life World Run
Legendary ultra-runner John O'Regan, seen here competing in the Wings For Life World Run

The unique run The Wings for Life World Run is a very unique race in that the finish line catches you.  Thirty minutes after the athletes start, a catcher car will begin to follow all runners.  Driving slowly first, but increasing its speed at given periods, the Catcher Car is the moving finish line. The winner will be deemed the last person to be caught by the car, both in Ireland and globally.

Galway hurling captain Joe Canning will be leading the 10km runners in the unique events where the finish line catches the runners. Thirty minutes after the athletes start, a catcher car will begin to follow all runners.  Driving slowly first, but increasing its speed at given periods, the Catcher Car is the moving finish line. The winner will be deemed the last person to be caught by the car, both in Ireland and globally.

Dublin football star Bernard Brogan will guide the 5km runners who will start on the seafront in Dún Laoghaire and run south towards Bray and Greystones.

Munster rugby star Zebo is an ambassador and is looking forward to running against his fellow sporting stars.

"I was going to drive the Catcher Car but it appeals to me so much I just want to run against the likes of Joe Canning and Bernard Brogan and these competitors from other sports," he told Independent.ie

Athletes in 35 locations around the world start at precisely the same time, 11am UTC, with no finish line in sight. The Catcher Car will follow the athletes steadily and increase its speed until the last runners have been caught. Last year’s global champion, Lemawork Ketema, was caught after more than 5 hours and 78 km.

Irish and Munster rugby player, Simon Zebo is a race ambassador and driver of the Catcher Car for the Irish race of the 2015 Wings for Life World Run

Information on the Wings for Life World Run can be found at www.WingsForLifeWorldRun.com

Information on Wings for Life Foundation can be found at www.WingsForLife.com

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