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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Photos Of The Day: Over 8,000 People Took Part In Red Bull "Wings For Life" Foundation Run In Zadar (+Video)

Over 8,000 participants took part in the Croatian "Wings for Life" World Run, the coastal city of Zadar has been the Croatian representative city for the world event since it started in 2014. 

These photos I came came across looked interesting and decided to do the story behind it, so here's some pics from the day's event. The Croatian "Wings for Life" World Run took place just the other day on May 7th starting from the old historic section of the city of Zadar, a coastal city in the northern Dalmatia region located between Split and Rijeka. And this year another large group of over 8,000 enthusiastic runners and non-runners took part in the annual humanitarian event sponsored by Red Bull.

They then continued through the city center, heading toward the Adriatic highway, and passing by the famous city walls which allowed the town to retain its freedom numerous times through the centuries. Competitive runners, occasional and non-runners ran, people jogged-ran and walk-ran and even believe it or not wheelchair bound people rode-ran, Some local celebs and television personalities, Croatian former alpine skier Nika Fleiss and even current European, World and Olympic Champion rowers Martin and Valent Sinković promoted the event and charity cause, pic below.

The "Wings for Life World Run" is a running competition held on the first weekend of May since 2014 to collect funds for the not-for-profit foundation "Wings for Life." The entry fee goes completely to the foundation.

The "Wings for Life World Run" is particular in that participants don't have to run a specific distance like in comparable running competitions. A car rides on the track half an hour after the start. Overtaken participants are eliminated until just one remains, who is then declared the winner, although every runner is technically a winner.

The race is open to everybody, professionals as well as members or non-members of running clubs. The entry fee is donated entirely to the foundation, the main sponsor Red Bull covers the costs of the event.

Another characteristic is that the run takes place in 34 or 35 locations around the Earth at the same time. Zadar has hosted the "Wings for Life World Run" since it started in 2014 and will be hosting again as the Croatian representative city in 2018.

The Wings for Life World Run was also broadcast live around the world on Red Bull TV.

The not-for-profit foundation Wings for Life was established by the two-time motocross world champion Heinz Kinigadner and the Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz in 2004. (who also happens to have Croatian roots from near Zadar btw which is pretty cool and interesting, see previous post link at bottom).

The main objective of the foundation is to find a treatment for spinal cord injuries and paraplegia, funding world-class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe aimed at healing the injured spinal cord. Therefore, the foundation's main goal is to support research and studies about spinal cord and spinal cord injuries financially.

(They also picked a cool and interesting location for the Wings for Life foundation run because Zadar is a pretty historic city and plenty of important historical events happened there through the centuries. I don't have space here to elaborate about everything of course because it's all about the Wings for Life run anyway, but for those not in the know here's a very, very brief short form version synopsis about the history of Zadar...Between 230 million and 66 million years ago, dinosaurs plodded across the area of Zadar and the rest of Europe as well, aka the Mesozoic Era, later in the 9th century BCE an Illyrian tribe of Liburnians had a small settlement camp here they named Iader, in 59 BCE it was renamed Iadera/Jadera after the Roman Empire conquest, other names used in various languages were Idassa, Jadra/Jadres and others, and first recorded in a Croatian version more familiar Zader in the 12th century. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 it was included in the Ostrogothic Kingdom until 553 and then afterwards for a time controlled by the Byzantines as a strategic military port of the ancient Dalmatia,which they named Idassa. After the arrival of the Croats in the 6th-7th century from areas north of the Danube and in and around the expanse of the Carpathians (ie: Harvaða mountains mentioned in the old sagas, and who were a new previously unknown people generally mentioned as the Veneti (Venedi/Venethi) and even Hyperboreans at times by Roman and Greek writers in antiquity), to ancient Dalmatia, Pannonia and Illyricum, then Zadar grew in size along with more maritime trade, in the beginning of the 9th century Zadar came under short Frankish rule for a time under Charlemagne. By the late 9th and early 10th century Croatian rulers once again asserted and held control over the city being incorporated into the Croatian Kingdom (which included the Bosnia area circa. 925), again with increased shipbuilding that even rivalled Venice and with Croatian Naval presence also, the Croatian Kings even had royal residences nearby with various Pre-Romanesque buildings erected in the city and surrounding area also. In nearby Nin which is part of Zadar county was found the oldest preserved stone monument containing an inscription defining a Croatian medieval ruler, Branimir (reigned 879–892) as the Duke of Croats (Latin: Dux Cruatorum).

Zadar became an important and strategic port city and naval base in the Croatian realms which bordered along the periphery of the Carolingian Empire, seen located within the continental political and monarchial map of 9th century Europe approximately during the times of Duke Vojnomir (reigned 791-810) Duke Vladislav (reigned 821-835) Duke Trpimir I (reigned 845–864) to Duke Branimir (reigned 879–892)

Queen Jelena (aka Helen the Glorious) is one of the most famous women from Zadar, she was Croatian Queen consort and wife of King Mihajlo Krešimir II, after Michael Krešimir's death in 969 she ruled as regent of her underage son who became the future Croatian King Stjepan Držislav in 988. Zadar residents seeking to officially end any renewed Byzantine vassal aspirations fought back and in 1069 it was again officially joined by royal treaty to Croatia under King Petar Krešimir IV the Great, the Byzantine empire then officially recognized him as the supreme ruler of the Dalmatia region also. In 1070 the future King Dmitri Zvonimir (Latin: Demetrius Suinnimir/Zuonimir/Sunimirio) is first mentioned as a Ban (Viceroy/Duke) of Croatia while governing the northern Slavonia region under King Petar Krešimir IV in royal charters that were written in Zadar. The reign of King Petar Krešimir IV is when Zadar's city classes and citizenry were predominantly Croats, military defence, political life but also important judges, barons, magnates, princes, dukes and nobility were Croats, growth in political and commercial life ensued and feudalism made permanent inroads into the overall Croatian society. After the political union of the Kingdom of Croatia with Hungary in the 12th century Zadar was still part of the Croatian Kingdom, from the 13th century Zadar was controlled back and forth between the Croatian Nobles, Dukes and Viceroys and the emerging Venetian Republic which was extending to Greece, it was also known as part of the overall Hungarian–Venetian wars. (However interestingly during this time and especially the 15th-17th century many famous Croatian writers and poets penned written works in the Croatian language and printed books also, including what is generally considered to be the first Croatian novel "Planine" (Mountains) written by Petar Zoranić in 1536 in Zadar, during this era aka the Croatian Renaissance, Zadar along with Split and Dubrovnik was a center of Croatian literature development including also other writers and poets such as Jerolim Vidolić, Brne Karnarutić, Juraj Baraković, Šime Budinić). During the 16th-17th century various irregular freedom-fighting militias known as the Uskoks ("Ukoci" from the Croatian word "uskočiti,"  meaning "Jumpers") and Hajduks (from the Croatian word "Hajde" meaning "to come upon, to go ahead) were formed and fought brave defensive guerilla wars and along other Croatian Habsburg forces against the Ottoman armies and their Serb volunteers, renown for never giving up they at times used the Zadar area as a local base. After the fall of Venice in 1797, Zadar came under short-term French rule (1809–1813) during the Napoleonic wars, (Interestingly Zadar during this time was regarded as the main port city and administrative center of the Croatian Dalmatia region even over Split and Dubrovnik, also the first Croatian language newspaper was published in Zadar during this time between 1806–1810). Zadar then came under the Habsburg Monarchy control again for a time, as Croatia had already elected to join the Habsburg Monarchy in 1527 to further thwart the Ottoman jihads and their Serb allies coming from Dar al Jihad Serbia, however in the mid-19th century it was then again included as part of the royal Croatian Crown lands (aka Triune Kingdom/Trojedna Kraljevina) as part of the Habsburg ruled Austria-Hungary, in 1862  the "Narodni List" newspaper started being published in Zadar and today it is the oldest still continuously published Croatian language newspaper in the country.

Zadar in the 1890's after the construction of the new waterfront.

A postcard from 1905.

After Slovenian and Croatian democratic elections and independence, especially during 1991-93, Zadar and the surrounding area was subjected to heavy indiscriminate artillery bombardment by the remaining Serb-Yugoslav army, air force and navy forces and Serb church supported paramilitaries from Serbia that resulted in many civilian deaths and significant damage to numerous buildings and especially cultural heritage sites, (attacked on a scale that the Ottoman forces centuries previously could only dream of, aka the Battle of Zadar, both then converged on the city and subjected Zadar's civilian population to artillery bombardment because it was just a civilian city so easy pickings to take, rumoured to be renamed Cававилле or Сесељград), until liberated again by the Croatian National Guard in 1993 and their bases in the hinterland captured in 1995. A number of well known Croatian sports and entertainment personalities are from Zadar also, including current UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic who's family roots are from the Zadar area. Basically there's lots and plenty o' history involving Zadar, from Roman Empire times, from the Croatian Monarchial dynasty centuries, from the Renaissance and every century afterwards)

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Video highlights from the 2016 Zadar "Wings For Life" run.

Video from Studentski zbor Sveučilišta u Rijeci (University of Rijeka Student's Council). This year they broke a Wings for Life run record with a 326 student team taking part in the run. Hip hip hooray for Rijeka University. 

Images from throughout the day are in no particular order.

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