One of Manila’s tallest buildings, Shangri-La at the Fort, will host the city’s only international stair climbing race – the Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run.
On August 14, 2016, runners will start at the hotel’s lobby and ascend 59 floors to the penthouse level. They will face the challenge of running up over 1,300 steps to a height of 250 metres. Stair climbing, first known as “vertical races” in the 1970s, is now a global sport with stair climbing clubs hailing from the US, Canada, Europe and Asia, as well as professional athletes who train year-round to be the first to reach the top of the world’s tallest buildings. Although still a relatively new sport, stair climbing has quickly caught on with fitness enthusiasts attracted not only by the physical demands of this grueling sport but by also the novelty of competing in unique urban settings – the world’s tallest structures, some of the tallest of
“Stair climbing is a bit like the challenge of Mount Everest; why do people climb it? Because it’s there. Because it’s a challenge! These buildings are beacons. They are symbols of the growth of the cities and societies they exist in. In terms of economic growth, Manila is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and Shangri-La at the Fort is emblematic of the Philippines emergence,” says David Shin, Race Director of event organiser Sporting The Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run , governed by the International Skyrunning Federation, has been selected as Official Race for the 2016 Vertical World Circuit (VWC), the world’s premier skyscraper racing circuit, uniting some of the world’s most iconic skyscraper races, including Beijing’s China World Summit Wing and London’s Tower 42.
“We are proud to be bringing the Vertical World Circuit to the Philippines for the first time and having the world’s best stair climbers participating at the inaugural Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run,” said John Rice, General Manager of Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila. “We look forward to hosting them and the hundreds of participants who will sign up for the challenge.”
Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run
August 14, 2016
Shangri-La at The Fort
A.Individual (59 Floors)
– Early Bird: PHP 1,000 (until April 30)
– Standard: PHP 1,500 (from May 1)
B.Fun Climb (20 Floors)
– Early Bird: PHP 800 (until April 30)
– Standard: PHP 1,200 (from May 1)
C.Team Challenge (4 Runners, 59 Floors)
– Early Bird: PHP 4,000 (until April 30)
– Standard: PHP 6,000 (from May 1)
– Participation in the Elite Category of the Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run is by invitation only. For more information on the Elite Category, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MINIMUM age for entry to the Individual category is 18 years old on race day.
The MINIMUM age for entry to the Fun Climb category is 12 years old on race day.
The MINIMUM age for entry to the Team Challenge category is 18 years old on race day.
*Online Registration -> https://manilaverticalrun.com/manila/register/
– Front desk of Kerry Sports Manila at 30th Street corner 5th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
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