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China World Summit Wing, Beijing To Hold the Vertical Run 2014 In September

August 26, 2014 Sports No Comments Email Email

Following the success of last year’s China World Summit Wing Vertical Run with 600 participants, this year’s race with a quota of 1,000 has been all registered before 15 August, 2014 as the momentum of vertical running is grabbing the interest of locals and over 20 countries’ international athletes. 

Beijing’s tallest vertical run has been selected as an official race for the 2014 Vertical World Circuit (VWC), the world’s first and only skyscraper racing circuit uniting some of the world’s most iconic skyscraper races, including the Empire State Building Run-Up in New York City. Runners participating in the VWC will be assigned points based on their result and the male and female competitors with the total highest scores at the end of the year will be declared world champion.

As one of the stop of 2014 Vertical World Circuit, Shangri-La’s China World Summit Wing Vertical Run has 82 floors and 2,041 steps. The fastest runners are expected to reach the rooftop in less than ten minutes and break the record of last year 9’55. Other cities to join the VWC in 2014 are New York, Taipei, Paris, Benidorm, Sao Paulo, Shanghai and Hongkong. Web-banner-300-250

Shangri-La’s China World Summit Wing, Beijing is the perfect location for this prestigious sports event as it is the tallest building in China’s capital. The rooftop of the building, where the race will finish, offers unparalleled bird’s eye views across the whole of Beijing, including the Forbidden City and other travel attractions. 

“Last year, there were 600 eager participants who conquered the China World Summit Wing Vertical Run,” said Thomas Schmitt-Glaeser, general manager of China World Summit Wing, Beijing. “The popularity of the race sparked national attention as the fastest time up the 82 floors was below 10 minutes.” 

This year, a group of elite runners from different countries will compete for a money prize, the highest being US$1,500. In addition, the fastest male and female runners from the general public will be awarded trips to Singapore to spend three nights. Each prize includes a round trip flight ticket from Beijing to Singapore and a three-night complimentary stay with daily breakfast in the historic Shangri-La Hotel. Singapore. 

All charitable proceeds raised from the China World Summit Wing Vertical Run will benefit’s “Forever Happiness” and will be directed donate to “Free Lunch” project. Forever Happiness is the large-scale brand activity of It aims to pay close attention to the survival, health, education and future development of needy children. As each race entry fee is RMB 100, each runner will provide 33 lunches for disadvantaged children as each meal from the “Free Lunch” project is approximatelyRMB 3

“We are honoured to be as the event partner of the 2014 China World Summit Wing Vertical Run,” said Cissie Hou, Director of Marketing and PR Department of “We appreciate that China World Summit Wing, Beijing are taking a community-centered approach and thank them for choosing Forever Happiness as the beneficiary of their charitable giving.” 

The Charity festival of China Rural Kid Care will be held on 26th September in China World Summit Wing, Beijing. 

Dold and Walsham to defend titles 

Thomas Dold of Germany won last year’s male elite division by setting the overall fastest time in 9 minutes and 55 seconds. Dold is no stranger to the sport, as his long list of running titles and achievements includes seven championship titles at the Empire State Building Run-Up. 

In last year’s women’s division, Australia’s Suzy Walsham won the title, finishing in 11 minutes 56 seconds. Walsham is a five-time winner of New York City’s prestigious Empire State Building Run-Up. The former Australia national running champion is no stranger to running in Asia and looks ready for a good time in what will only be her third VWC race this year. 

“We are pleased to be bringing the Vertical World Circuit to back to Beijing and look forward to continuing to be a part of the circuit next year and into the future,” said David Shin, race director and International Skyrunning Federation representative. “This year, locals and internationals alike want to take on the 2,041-step challenge and cross one of the world’s tallest finish lines. We are excited to see if new records can be made.” 

Stair climbing, first known as “vertical races” in the 1970s, is now a global sport with stair climbing clubs hailing from the U.S., 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 among fitness enthusiasts attracted not only by the physical demands of this gruelling sport, but also by the novelty of competing in unique urban settings – the world’s tallest structures, some of which are located in Asia. The trend has generated Vertical Fitness , a health and wellness project involving stair climbing to benefit a less active public. 

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