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16:51 26th July 2013 By Andrew Cremin

This is not outdoor at all, but involves a fair amount of vertical height-gain. Attached to the SkyRunner World Series is the vertical World Circuit of races running up the inside of some of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers.


Thomas Dold in action ignoring the lift. Photo: Copyright © ISF

Thomas Dold in action ignoring the lift.
Photo: Copyright © ISF

Beijing’s first tower race, the China World Summit Wing Hotel Vertical Run, will take place on August 3 with an all-star line-up of international élite runners competing in the Vertical World Circuit.

Half way through the eight-race Vertical World Circuit, this fourth stage will be attended by standing world champions, Thomas Dold from Germany and Australian Suzy Walsham.  They will be joined by Mark Bourne, also from Australia, winner of the New York Empire State Building Run-Up and the recent Tapei 101 International Run-Up.

Thomas Dold, unquestionably the world’s top specialist in this fast growing sport, has won in New York no less than seven times, a record in itself.

Leading the current VWC men’s ranking is Austrian Christian Riedl with points accrued in New York, Basel and Tapei. Bourne is in second position, while Poland’s Piotr Lobodinski, third, also represents a strong podium contender after his second place at the Taipei 101 Run-Up together with fellow countryman Marcin Swieric . The deep international field is joined by Belgian Omar Bekkali, ranked 4th and Spain’s Ignacio Cardona.

Suzy Walsham leads the women’s ranking with two straight wins in New York and Basel and is favourite to win. “I’m looking forward to racing in Beijing for the first time,” Walsham said. “It’s a big building so it will be a tough race, but I’ve been training hard and racing well so far this year. If I win in Beijing, it will certainly put me on track to retain the world championship title.” New Zealand’s Melissa Moon, 2010 VWC Champion and 2011 New York winner will be at the start representing strong competition.

Anticipation is mounting for Beijing’s first ever tower race. The China World Summit Wing Hotel Vertical Run will open its doors on August 3rd to the world’s top athletes and welcome the city’s runners in the inaugural event. The race is already a sell-out with all 500 places taken.

The runners will storm up the 2,041 steps of Beijing’s tallest tower to the 82nd floor where finishers will get a bird’s eye view of city skyline.

Eight races stretch across the globe from New York, to Basel and Barcelona in the heart of Europe and on to Taipei, Beijing, Hanoi and Singapore in the Far East, closing in Saõ Paolo in Brazil where the 2013 VWC champions will be crowned.

For more info head to www.verticalrunning.org


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