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Vertical Run for Charity @ China World Summit Wing, Beijing
Published on: 2017-08-29
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012Over 900 athletes competed in the fifth edition of the China World Summit Wing, Beijing Vertical Run on Saturday. Local and international runners alike took to the stairs and conquered the colossal skyscraper by running up 2,041 steps to the rooftop finish line at 330 metres.

010011Poland’s Piotr Lobodzinski and Australia’s Suzy Walsham stole the show, each pocketing the US$1,500 first prize in the men's and women's elite races, respectively.

013Lobodzinski crossed the finish line in a time of 10 minutes and 6 seconds. Second place in the men's event went to Emanuele Manzi from Italy. He came in at 10 minutes and 52 seconds. Third place went to Ryoji Watanabe of Japan in a time of 10 minutes and 59 seconds.

014“I was quite tired after the long journey, but I slept well so I ran a good race today. All the time I am really happy to come to Beijing for the fifth time.” Lobodzinski said. “I am happy with my performance today.”

015In the women's race, Suzy Walsham defended her title at a time of 12 minutes and 7 seconds. She was closely followed by local Meng Gao from China and 14 from 52 seconds. Cristina Bonacina from Italy came third in 15 minutes and 8 seconds.

016“I’m thrilled to have made it five out of five here in Beijing. I was carrying an injury for ten week so it affected my endurance a bit but I’m just so happy to win here again and stay at this lovely hotel,” Walsham commented.

017Governed by the International Skyrunning Federation, Beijing’s tallest vertical run was selected as Official Race for the 2017 Vertical World Circuit (VWC), the world’s premier skyscraper racing circuit uniting some of the world’s most iconic skyscraper races, including the One World Trade Center in New York City.

018Sponsors and partners of the 2017 China World Summit Wing Hotel Vertical Run include Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts, China World Trade Center, China World Mall, Qatar Airways, Shangri-La Hotel, Doha, 5100 Tibet Spring, Playerlayer and Hong Kong International Medical Center.

019100% of proceeds from race entry fees were donated to the official charity U-Life (www.ugongyi.org), an NGO which offers the education to primary students in remote mountainous villages in China. Since 2014, they have given lessons to 166 remote primary schools, benefiting 5,000 students and 217 teachers.

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