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Runners head skyward in Beijing race

Updated: 2013-08-06
By Lin Hanqing (chinadaily.com.cn)

More than 600 runners competed in Beijing as part of the Vertical World Circuit on Aug 3.

The runners in Shangri-La's China World Summit Wing, the city's highest hotel, climbed the 330-meter tower stair-by-stair. To complete the challenge, they have to climb 2,041 stairs up 82 floors.

The International Skyrunning Federation (ISF) accredited run saw winning performances by Germany's Thomas Dold (9 minutes 55 seconds) in the men's division and Suzy Walsham (11:47) from Australia in the women's.

Also joining the vertical race was China World Summit Wing General Manager Thomas Schmitt-Glaeser.

"We are extremely proud to see this first event become such a resounding success," Thomas said, "especially ones that help raise funds for charity and promote a healthy and active lifestyle."

All proceeds from race entries were donated to China Rural Kids Health Care, which supports children in China’s rural areas.

David Shin, the ISF rep and race director, said it's an honor for the federation to host this event and encouraged more people to participate.

Video: Lin Hanqing, Hu Chunzi(Intern) & Niu Xiaoqin(Intern)
Photographer: Cui Meng
Go Pro: Eric Jou & Yu Yilei

Related story: International vertical run debuts in Beijing

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