Race to the top of southern Vietnam's tallest tower

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At the end of October, the Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City will host a race up the building's more than 1,000 stairs.


The competition will finish on the 49th floor of the 68-story building, giving the runners a view of HCMC and the Saigon River from 178 meters in the sky, according to the race organizers--the Hong Kong-based Sporting Republic Company.


The "Bitexco Vertical Run" does not establish a minimum or maximum age for participants, who will be required to pay US$12 to register for participation in the race by the end of August.



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The race will begin on the morning of October 30 with ten to 15 people running at a time.


Previous world's vertical runs have been organized at the 102-story Empire State Building in New York City, which stood as the world's tallest building for 40 years from its completion in 1931. Another was held at the Taipei 101 in Taiwan, the world's tallest building between 2004 and 2010.


David Shin, who's in charge of organizing the competition, said the Bitexco run is just as challenging as one to the top of Everest.


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