The third edition of Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run will take place at Shangri-La at the Fort in only a few weeks time. This is the official Philippine leg of the 2018 Vertical World Circuit, which was established in 2009. It features nine skyscraper races that take place in major cities around the world: Seoul, Paris, New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Osaka, London, Hong Kong, and Manila.
Despite being a relatively new sport globally, vertical running continues to attract many enthusiasts—both beginners and professionals—around the world. With only one pre-event training session left (on June 30, from 9-10am), here’s what you can expect as we get closer to the race:
It’s not the same as “horizontal” running, obvs.
Also known as stair climbing, this running event is unlike your usual fun run. Participating runners are set to race up one of the tallest buildings in Manila. This year’s race offers these categories: Full Challenge (59 floors), Horizon Challenge (37 floors), and Fun Climb (20 floors). Elite Category will also have invited professional runners participate.
You will be running with competitive racers.
Last year’s winners from the Elite Category, Piotr Lobodzinski of Poland (6 minutes and 19 seconds) and Suzy Walsham of Australia (7 minutes and 39 seconds), will return to defend their title.
Dr. Gloria Coronel of Delos Santos Medical Center, an event partner, says that the race can take a toll on the body. “The most common injuries that runners encounter in a race are ankle sprain, heat exhaustion, vomiting, and dizziness.” To keep everyone safe, medical attendants are stationed at specific floors.
It will be a total body fitness experience.
Dr. Coronel also explains that going against the weight of your body is a good physical challenge. “Vertical running is an overall fitness routine that improves both the upper and lower body as well as the cardiovascular function.” Reaching the finish line is as good as achieving your fitness goal.
UPDATE: Registration is extended until July 4. Click here to register.
Featured image from Kerry Sports Manila Facebook Page.