Here at the factory most of the dates circled on the calendar relate to build progress of the RB13, winter tests or real live actual Grands Prix. The 7th of May, however, is reserved for a race of a different kind: it's the 2017 edition of the Wings for Life World Run – and it's exactly 100 days away.
The World Run is an idea of genius: one race starting at the same time in multiple locations around the globe. The open-ended event GPS-tags participants who race to stay ahead of a catcher-car which inexorably overhauls the field. The last man and women to be caught are the local winners, the global champion is the runner who covers the greatest distance. Last year, Kaori Yoshida, running in Takashima won the women's race with 65.71km and Giorgio Calcaterra in Milan was the men's champion with 88.44km – but this event really isn't about winning. Whether you walk 5km or run 50km, 100 per cent of the entry fee goes to the Wings for Life charity to fund spinal cord research.
This year our local event is in Cambridge, one of 24 locations spread across six continents – but even if you can't get to a registered race, the Wings for Life World Run app will let you run your own race against a virtual catcher car.
Registration for any of the races is open now, just visit www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com and let your running shoes do some good.