Thiem, Vonn, a charity raises 2.8 million euros

Tennis player Dominic Thiem and skiers Lindsey Vonn and Marcel Hirscher They were among 77,000 people who participated in a charity race to raise funds for spinal cord research.

The original race was canceled due to coronavirus pandemic, but runners and wheelchair users from 104 countries competed individually on Sunday, using an app to follow their own course and local social distancing guidelines.

Participants in the Wings for Life World Run ran or rolled as far as they could to be caught by a virtual Catcher Car.

"There being a virtual finish line instead of a physical one, I think it just makes it really inclusive for everyone, and easy for everyone to participate even during this time," two-time Alpine skiing world champion Vonn said.

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Russian Nina Zarina traveled 54.23 km to win the women's race for the second consecutive year, while Great Britain Michael Taylor He captured his first title after running 69.92 km in the men's race.

It was a very good endurance session, so it's a very good day for me, said Thiem, a two-time French Open runner-up.

The event raised 2.8 million euros ($ 3.06 million).