Hanoi tower hosts world vertical run

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The highest stair climbing race in Vietnam will be held at Landmark 72, the tallest skyscraper in the nation's capital Hanoi, on September 30.

The Landmark 72 Hanoi Vertical Run will see the participation of runners from more than 20 countries around the world including the host nation.

The tower, 350 meters tall, is located on Hanoi's Pham Hung Street, Tu Liem District. The race will finish at the rooftop observation deck after a climb of 1,914 steps.

The run has been selected as an official race for the 2012 Vertical World Circuit (VWC), with the top runners vying for a total cash prize of US$5,000.

The first prize male and female winners will receive $1,500 each and gain crucial points in the run to become the world champion at the end of the year.

Among the elite athletes is Suzy Walsham from Australia, who tops the list of VWC female runners. She will be in Vietnam in a bid to secure her first world title.

Walsham has won three consecutive stair races this year, and is a three-time winner of New York City's prestigious Empire State Building Run-Up.

East Meets West, an NGO, has been selected as the official charity partner of the Landmark 72 Hanoi Vertical Run. All the revenues from the competition will be used to purchase sports equipment for the disabled in the north-central province of Quang Tri under the INSPIRE Sports program launched by the foundation.

The 2012 Vertical World Circuit comprises nine races in New York, London, Milan, Basel, Berlin, Taipei, Hanoi and Singapore. Sao Paolo, Brazil will host the circuit final in November where two world champions will be crowned and receive the $6,000 prize.

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