Vertical run: athletes to race up Vietnam's tallest building

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Landmark 72, Vietnam’s tallest building, will once again be the site of Vietnam’s highest stair climbing race, the “Hanoi Vertical Run.”
Participants will have a tough challenge to climb 1,914 steps on April 18 if they want to cross through the finish line and enjoy the view at the top of the 350-meter tall tower, located on Pham Hung Street in Tu Liem District.
Stair climbing, first known as “vertical races” in the 1970s, is now a global sport with stair climbing clubs hailing from the US, Canada, Europe and Asia as well as professional athletes who train year round to be the first to reach the top of the world’s tallest buildings.

Landmark 72, the tallest skyscraper in Vietnam, is located on Hanoi's Pham Hung Street. Photo credit: Sporting Republic

Race organizers Sporting Republic are aiming to attract 500 participants for all categories.
“We are pleased to be bringing the race back to Vietnam and look forward to continuing to organize the Hanoi Vertical Run next year and into the future,” said David Shin, Race Director of Sporting Republic.
“The buzz around the race is being felt within the sporting community,” said Shin, “We are anticipating a sell-out.”
The previous edition in 2013 saw the race won in 9 minutes 55 seconds by vertical world champion Thomas Dold of Germany.
As for the women’s division, Suzy Walsham of Australia climbed to victory as she reached the top in 11 minutes and 46 seconds.
Online registrations have started with a participation fee of between US$15-20 per person.
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