Discovery RUN BGC Vertical Marathon – November 27, 2010

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Discovery Channel, one of the world’s leading television networks devoted to creating high-quality non-fiction programming, is holding R.A.C.E.: Run And Climb for the Environment, a vertical marathon, on November 27, 2010.

Discovery Channel RUN BGC Vertical Marathon
November 27, 2010
Bonifacio E- Services Building
Half-century (50 floors) or Century (100 floors)
Note: Runners opting for the century should have personal best in the 10K of sub-40:00 for the men and sub-50:00 for the women

Held in partnership with the Fort Bonifacio Global City, R.A.C.E.: Run And Climb for the Environment seeks to cultivate awareness on and reverse the effects of global warming through energy conservation. The vertical marathon encourages Filipinos to adopt an energy-efficient lifestyle, such as making use of stairs whenever possible. Proceeds of the marathon will be donated to Gawad Kalinga, in support of their environmental arm, Green Kalinga and WWF.

It starts with a road run followed by ramp running (on a 30- to 35-degree incline) then stair climbing and running down the stairs to be concluded with another road running. This combination of different ways of running from other kinds of stair climbing or vertical runs (viz., run up, run up and down, running uphill before a run up, road run before run up alone or with run down) becoming popular in different parts of the world.

Download Registration Form and Waiver Here:
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Run Details:
1. After the horn is blown, runners starting at Rizal Drive (the street fronting the Bonifacio e-Services Building) turn right to 3rd Street and then turn left to enter the building from the parking entrance up to the 1st floor ramp. (distance: 160 meters)
2. Runners will run up to the 9th floor using the ramp throughout. (distance: 1,090 meters) At the 9th floor they proceed to the stairwell and negotiate the stairs up to 25th floor where their split times are taken before they go in the opposite stairwell. (distance: 300 steps + 37 meters)
3. Overtaking shall be on the right side when going up the stairs.
4. Runners will run down 25 floors (distance: 407 steps) and go out to the lobby, then get out of the building (distance:15 meters)
5. At the street fronting the building (Rizal Drive), runners turn right to 30th Street and upon reaching the first corner, turn left to Third Street and run a stretch of the Third Avenue and turn left for the finish.(distance: 300 meters)
6. Overtaking shall be on the left side when going down the stairs.
7. FOR SAFETY PURPOSES: NO LIQUID SHALL BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE STAIRWELL. THE WATER STATIONS WILL BE LOCATED AT THE START AND FINISH AREAS ONLY. However, the Century runners may take water at the corner of the Rizal Drive and 3rd Street going into their second half of the run.
8. There will be three medical stations: at 1) 9th floor, 2) 25th floor and 3) finish area. There will be two ambulances: at 1) 9th floor and 2) opposite side of the entrance to the parking area of the Bonifacio e-Services Building.
9. Runners’ times will be flashed at the finish. But the top 3 winners in both men’s and women’s divisions of the half-century and century run will be officially declared only after the last runner has crossed the finish line.
10. From time to time, the progressive ranking of the runners (the top three runners after the first heat and the subsequent heat) shall be announced.
11. Finisher’s medal and other giveaways can be picked up near the stage at the parking lot in front of the building.


Participants may register through Entry Fee of Php 600.00 until November 13, 2010 and Php 800.00 from November 14-19, 2010. Deadline of registration is on November 19, 2010.

Runners must present registration confirmation and Entry Fee deposit slip upon collection of Race Kits on November 20-21, 2010 at Bonifacio High Street.


  1. What is the distance of each of the road runs? How long is the ramp? Hehe kung tig-1K lang naman yung runs baka kayanin natin ito. I suppose the 50floors is the total (25up, 25down)? How many steps ba per floor? (daming tanong mahirap na baka mag pass out din ako hehe)

  2. @pinoyfitness Thanks for the update – very helpful. Pwede kayang silipin yung e-Services Building or maybe pictures can be posted? Many thanks!

  3. Hi @Louise and @John! The Vertical Marathon is for everybody :) …And is actually easier than most people think. Non-athletes from the Discovery team did a mock run, and they got to finish all 25 floors (up & down). You can do it too ;)

    Go register with your friends, and get a chance to win a Chevrolet Cruze and other cool prizes from our sponsors.

  4. @ZipZapZep We will soon have registration forms available in Skechers outlets (Trinoma, Market! Market!, etc.). Will also update you with a list of other places where you can register :)

    Why not try registering on the website again? Other registrations have been completed successfully. Maybe we just encountered connection errors ;)

  5. @discoveryphils_run Hi, thanks for the link. Just a few more questions please. I noticed that the stairwell is quite narrow (I suppose this is the fire exit) how many runners can fit side by side at the same time (although the rules are quite clear about overtaking – but how many participants are expected)? And how will the ramp look like? I am guessing that a wooden board will be placed on top of the steps from the ground to the 9th floor? Not slippery I hope?
    I’m curious about this run and already registered online :) Goodluck to me coz I’m also running on the 28th :P

  6. @RunsNRoses Actually the distance is roughly 3.2K With regards to the ramp, its the ramp going to the parking levels.

    Please call Discovery Channel office at 7062845 local 132 if you have inquiries.

  7. “Note: Runners opting for the century should have personal best in the 10K of sub-40:00 for the men and sub-50:00 for the women”

    – this is tough! is there a cut-off time? hope not ^_^

  8. @discoveryphils_run Thanks for the update. Will register by Wednesday – Chris Sports, do I need to bring the Waiver (Medical Release Form)?

  9. @discoveryphils_run Thanks for that piece of information re: ramp going to that parking levels (na connect ko na with the video clip) and the 3.2K distance. If it’s ok, I’ll just post the questions here so other interested runners will also be informed. Thanks!
    To echo NoNameFace’s question, do all finishers get a medal?

  10. Vertical Marathon is on 27th Nov and Run BGC is on 28th Nov, galit ba kayo sa aming mga runner? not enough time to recover for the next event, anyway sige sali ako galit-galit na muna tayo. Bahala na si Alax-an sa akin, pag hindi nakaya, absent ako sa office ng monday for sure.

  11. @mc Good point! We’ll see. Got my race kit already and read the guidelines. Medyo matindi ha hehe, very challenging. How many participants kaya? If I may also add, singlet is nice din.

  12. Di naman ako tinanong sa registration na ang pre-requisite for Century Run for Vertical Marathon is at least sub 40 for 10k for males!!! Anu ba ‘tong pinasukan ko?!? gudluck naman….hello if that is their requirement naku baka wala pang 50 ang makakasali hello sa Rexona Run wala pang walo ang naka sub 40! sa Run United2 11 lang…tama ba yan….hahahaha….

  13. yeheyy! i registered and conquered the ramps and the stairs! this was a great run and i will do it again! thanks to discovery channel for this wonderful discovery hehe. more power to you guys! another vertical marathon soon? :)

  14. good race this morning, despite some glitches… sana nga meron ulit next year!

    kaso pala, walang finisher’s shirt…sayang naman…1st vertical marathon pa naman…


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