On August 14, 2016, Shangri-La at the Fort, one of the tallest buildings in Manila, will be the official venue for the Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run 2016.
This international stair climbing race by 2016 Vertical World Circuit (VWC), will take place in Manila for the first time, circuiting iconic world cities such as London, Dubai, New York, Paris, Sydney, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
The Vertical World Circuit, which is governed by International Skyrunning Federation, employs a point system where runners that participate in the race will gain points based on their ranking in the race. These points will be collated from each leg that the runner participates in to determine their overall ranking. The runner with the highest number of points at the end of the nine legs will be crowned the Vertical World Circuit World Champion.
In Manila, 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 meters. The run offers four categories:
•Individual category for single runners that will run up all 59 floors. Minimum age for this category is 18 years old with a registration cost of Php 1,500.
•Fun Climb category is ideal for beginners and will allow runners to run up 20 floors. Minimum age is 12 years old and cost Php 1,200.
•Team Challenge category provides an opportunity for positive competition and aims to foster positive relationships among companies, teammates and friends. Each team consists of four (4) runners, with each runner climbing all 59 floors. The winning team will be calculated by the 3rd runner that crosses the line. Registration cost is Php 6,000 for the team.
•Elite category will have professional runners climb up all 59 floors and is by invitation only.
“We are thrilled 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.”
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 which are located here in Asia.
Registration open now
There are two ways to register for the Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run 2016:
•Participants can go to www.manilaverticalrun.com and fill in the online registration form.
•Register over the counter at Kerry Sports Manila in Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila.
The 2016 Vertical World Circuit schedule is as follows: London – March 8, Dubai – April 8, New York – May 15, Paris – May 20, Manila – August 14, Sydney – August 21, Beijing – September 3, Shanghai – October 23 and Hong Kong – December 4.
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Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila is a landmark, mixed-use lifestyle development in the heart of Bonifacio Global City (BGC), an emerging contemporary lifestyle district at the center of Metro Manila and one of the fastest growing urban developments in Asia. The complex features five key components: a 576-key Shangri-La Hotel; 97 Shangri-La Residences; 98 privately-owned Horizon Homes; Kerry Sports Manila, the city’s largest indoor lifestyle and leisure club; and a retail arcade with 37 trendy shops.
Within easy reach are the international and domestic airports, international schools, embassies, a world-class medical facility, the Manila Golf Club and the Manila Polo Club.
True to its brand name, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila, operates on a simple yet powerful philosophy of Shangri-La hospitality from warm, caring people. With its lifestyle hubs that reshape living, dining and shopping experiences, it is truly a dynamic destination for contemporary lifestyle and accessible luxury and a prime example of BGC’s motto – A Home of Passionate Minds.