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The First International Vertical Run to be Held at China World Summit Wing

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On 3rd August 2013, the highest hotel in Beijing, Shangri-La’s China World Summit Wing, will host the first-ever vertical run in mainland China accredited by the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). The 330-meter tower has been officially chosen as the China leg of this prestigious world-wide sports competition. World class stair climbers, as well as sportsmen, celebrities and the general public, will compete to reach the highest point in the tallest building in Beijing.
Beijing has been selected as an official race for the 2013 Vertical World Circuit (VWC), the world’s first and only skyscraper racing circuit, uniting some of the world’s most iconic skyscraper races, including the Empire State Building Run-Up in New York City. Runners who participate in the VWC will be assigned points based on their results. The male and female competitors with the total highest scores will be declared world champions at the end of the year.
A group of Elite Runners from different countries will compete for a money prize with the top winner getting USD 1 000. The fastest male and female runners from general public will be granted trips to London. The prize includes a round trip flight ticket from Beijing to London and a three-night complimentary stay at the suite of a soon-to-open Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard - the tallest building in Western Europe. Other valuable prizes will be given out to competitors in different categories by the sponsors of the Vertical Run.
Elite athletes already confirmed to compete in the China World Summit Wing Hotel Vertical Run include Australians Mark Bourne and Suzy Walsham. Bourne won the prestigious Empire State Building Run-Up in New York City earlier this year and is the favourite to crowned world champion at the end of the year. Walsham is the reigning world champion and four-time winner of New York City’s Empire State Building Run-Up. She currently sits atop the women’s world ranking.
Stair climbing, first known as “vertical races” in the 1970s, is now a global sport with stair climbing clubs hailing from the U.S., 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. Although still a relatively new sport, stair climbing has quickly caught on with fitness enthusiasts attracted not only by the physical demands of this gruelling sport but also by the novelty of competing in unique urban settings – the world’s tallest structures, some of the tallest of which are located in Asia.  The trend has generated Vertical Fitness, a health and wellness project involving stair climbing to benefit a less active public.
According to race organisers, the China World Summit Wing Hotel Vertical Run may be the most challenging race on the VWC this year, taking into consideration the height of the tower and the number of steps. The run will total 82 floors and 2,041 steps. The fastest runners, however, are anticipated to reach the rooftop in less than 10 minutes. Other buildings conquered by runners in 2013 include the iconic Taipei 101 in Taiwan.
Shangri-La’s China World Summit Wing Beijing is the perfect location for this prestigious sports event as it is the tallest building in China’s capital. The China World Trade Centre, completed in 2010, soars 330 metres above the ground in the heart of CBD – the city’s popular business district. The rooftop of the building, where the race will finish, offers unparalleled birds-eye views across the whole Beijing including the Forbidden City and other touristic attractions.
“We are proud to be bringing the Vertical World Circuit to China. It’s a truly international event that will help China World Summit Wing promote sports activities and a healthy lifestyle through an enticing and challenging competition,” said Thomas Schmitt-Glaeser, general manager of China World Summit Wing Hotel. “We look forward to hosting more than a thousand participants from all over the world who have signed up for the challenge and will raise money for a good cause. All proceeds from the run will be donated to charity”.
China World Summit Wing Hotel, Beijing, located on the top floors of the capital’s latest landmark, the China World Tower.  With unrivalled views over the city, the hotel soars 330 metres above the China World Trade Center at the heart of Beijing’s Central Business District.  China World Summit Wing, Beijing features 278 guestrooms and suites, the hotel also features the city’s highest dining and entertainment venues, including six designed restaurants and two bars and the lounge. For the relaxation and recreation of guests, the hotel features Shangri-La Spa, Shangri-La’s signature spa brand and Beijing’s highest spa retreat on level 77.

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