THE world’s fastest stair-climbers converge in the Philippines next month when they climb one of Manila’s tallest skyscrapers in the Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run 2018 with EastWest Bank at Shangri-La at the Fort in Taguig.
The World Vertical Circuit, an international stair-climbing race, returns to the country for the third straight year, making its stop in Manila after holding events in Seoul last May 13, Paris on May 24, and New York (June 3) earlier this year.
Piotr Lobodzinski of Poland is set to defend his title in the men’s elite category he ruled after racing to the top of the building in just six minutes and 19 seconds.
Australia’s Suzy Walsham seeks to retain the women’s crown after scaling the tower – that has 59 floors, 1,353 steps, and a height of 250 meters – in seven minutes and 39 seconds.
Apart from the elite division, there are four categories for the amateurs: the Full Challenge that requires participants 18 years old and above to climb the entire 59 floors; and the Corporate/Team Challenge for groups of four.
The Horizon Challenge is for 12 years old and above, scaling half or just 37 floors of the building, while the last is the Fun Climb for beginners 10 years old and above, climbing just 20 floors of the building.
All participants who have signed up are entitled to a complimentary conditioning training program that started last June 2, running every Saturday, 9 to 10 a.m. at the Arena basketball court at Kerry Sports. Vertical runners need to present confirmation email to avail of the training sessions.
Registration is open until June 28 and can be done two ways: online at www.manilaverticalrun.com and fill up the registration form, and over the counter at Kerry Sports Manila.
After Manila, the circuit, sanctioned by the International Skyrunning Federation, shifts to Beijing on August 25, Shanghai (October 21), Osaka (November 4), London (November 24), and Hong Kong (December 2).