Shangri-La’s China World Summit Wing Hotel at Beijing’s World Trade Center is getting ready for its first Vertical Run. On the 3rd of August hundreds of runners from all over the world will participate in a race that will include 2,057 steps from the tower’s ground floor lobby up to the helipad on the rooftop. After all, the athletes will stand upon the capital’s tallest building at a height of 330 meters.
The event was initiated by the hotel, and it will be part of the 2013 Vertical World Circuit (VWC), an international skyscraper racing circuit that is very well known for the Empire State Building Run-Up in New York City. Other venues can be seen on the chart above.
The race is open to both elite and amateur runners. Professionals like Mark Bourne and Suzy Walsham are said to have already paid their participation fees, starting at 60 RMB. The revenues will be donated to the Chinese Rural Kids Care institution. According to a press release, this charity organisation “provides kids from poor families with health insurance and is managed by a famous activist and opinion leader Mr. Dengfe.” Registration is possible until the 29th of July.
We mentally support this idea. However, if we were in Beijing on that day we would probably keep our fingers crossed at the hotel’s Grill 79 restaurant.
UPDATE [August 04th, 2013]: The race was won in nine minutes and 55 seconds by 28-year-old Thomas Dold from Germany. The fastest woman was Australia’s favourite Suzy Walsham (11 minutes and 47 seconds). There is also a short video on Youtube.