Over 600 running enthusiasts participated in the third edition of Manila Vertical Run the official Philippine Leg of Vertical World Circuit, held last July 8, 2018, at Shangri-La at the Fort, BGC, Taguig.
Beginning at the hotel lobby, participants ran in waves of 12 to 15 runners, with each wave running in intervals of three minutes. Race categories include the Full Challenge (59 floors), Team Challenge (four members each, 59 floors), Horizon Challenge (37 floors), and Fun Climb (20 floors).
Defending their titles as the fastest to climb up the 250-meter high building, international elite runners reclaim the top spots. Piotr Lobodzinski (Elite Male) from Poland reached the finish line in 6 minutes and 56 seconds. Suzy Walsham (Elite Female) from Australia, on the other hand, made it in 8 minutes and 13 seconds.
The fastest Filipino male runner, Andrico Mahilum, clocked in at 7 minutes and 57 seconds, while the fastest Filipina, Rosalyn Russell, finished at 9 minutes and 30 seconds.
Also known as stair climbing, vertical running tested the resilience and mental fortitude of the participants. “When you run like this, your heart rate will spike very very quickly, as most people probably experience going up the stairs. Halfway through this race, you’re going to need some resilience to make it to the top, and you’re going to need a lot of mental fortitude. So it does say a lot about the Filipinos, that they want to try something new,” said Director of Kerry Sports Manila, Micheal Montes.
The Manila Vertical Run is an annual event, and this year’s edition was made possible in partnership with the EastWest Bank.
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