Eleven races, the highest number to date, stretch across the globe from New York to London, Paris and Milan in Europe, via Dubai in the Middle East and on to Asia, hub of the world’s tallest towers in Seoul, Ho Chi Minh City, Beijing, Shanghai, Osaka, concluding with the Grand Finale in Hong Kong.
Two new events have been added to the calendar, Milan and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as a welcome return of the Dubai Holding Skyrun.
The 2019 Vertical World Circuit launches in Seoul on April 6 with the Lotte World Tower International Sky Run, the world’s fifth tallest building and the circuit’s highest race – topping out at 555m above street level with a lung-busting 2,917 steps.
Among the tallest towers selected in key cities, New York’s One World Trade Center commemorating 9/11, stars. It is the highest building in the Western Hemisphere.
These iconic towers are not the only stars however. They are the stage where the world’s top athletes are the actors – pushing the boundaries of human performance skywards. In fact, the fastest uphill speed, 2,300 metres per hour, was measured in research carried out by the International Skyrunning Federation, the sanctioning body of the sport.
Among the fastest, the world’s number one male and female athletes will again be competing in the Vertical World Circuit for the champion titles and end-of-season cash prizes.
Australian Suzy Walsham nailed her seventh VWC champion title last year and is ready to take on the new calendar. “I’m super excited about the 2019 Vertical World Circuit. It looks fantastic – some interesting new races, the return of a popular event and, of course, old favourites! I have been spending the “winter” months putting in some good training to prepare for the year ahead and I’m looking forward to another year of great racing scaling some of the world’s tallest, most iconic and recognised buildings – and of course the great friendship and sportsmanship with the other athletes!”
Piotr Lobodzinski from Poland, with no less than five VWC champion titles under his belt, commented, “I’m very excited for the new VWC season. The last race was at the beginning of December, so I’m very hungry to start competing again. The first event is already on April 6th in Seoul – cool. I see a new building on the calendar – the Allianz in Milan. I could come back to Italy after eight years when I first started on the circuit, where I took second place a few seconds behind Thomas Dold. I think it will be a very interesting and gripping season!”
The new Milan race marks a return to the origins of the Vertical World Circuit which was first conceived in the Pirelli Tower in 2007, together with the first scientific research carried out by the ISF on vertical running.
This time, it is the turn of the Allianz Tower where the second edition of the Allianz VERTICAL RUN will be held on April 14 attracting some of the world’s best athletes competing for ranking points.
Maurizio Devescovi, General Manager of Allianz Italy, commented, “We are pleased that the Allianz Tower has joined the Vertical World Circuit which fits perfectly with our commitment to promote sports in an international context. As a global Group, Allianz shares important values with sporting activities, such as professional preparation, fairness and respect for competitors as well as continuous improvement to attain higher and higher targets. Since 2015 our headquarters in Milan have been included in a running city trail and, in May 2018, we organized the first edition of the Allianz Vertical Run with athletes climbing the fifty floors of the tower.”
Milan is one of the three races on the circuit awarding an extra 25% bonus points, together with New York and Shanghai.
Ho Chi Minh City is another new addition to the circuit, kicking off with the inaugural Landmark 81 First Flight Vertical Run which will take place on April 27 on Vietnam’s tallest building.
Five out of the eleven races are counted for the final ranking. An extra 50% bonus points will be awarded at the Grande Finale in Hong Kong on December 1 where the VWC champion titles and HK$ 106,000 end-of-season prize purse will be awarded.
Ten years on and the Vertical World Circuit celebrates some of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers where the fastest athletes climb at jaw-dropping speed – always rewarded with a great view from the top.
April 6 – SEOUL: Lotte World Tower International Sky Run
April 14 – MILAN*: Allianz VERTICAL RUN
April 27 – HO CHI MINH CITY: Landmark 81 First Flight Vertical Run
May 16 – PARIS: VertiGO
June 2 – NEW YORK*: T2T Tower Climb
July 20 – LONDON: The Broadgate Tower Run Up
August 31 – BEIJING: China World Summit Wing, Beijing Vertical Run
October 20 – SHANGHAI*: SHKP Vertical Run for Charity – Race to Shanghai IFC
October 25 – DUBAI: Dubai Holding Skyrun
November 10 – OSAKA: Harukas Skyrun
December 1 – HONG KONG**: SHKP Vertical Run for Charity – Race to HK ICC
(*) Bonus 25% ranking points
(**) Bonus 50% ranking points
End of season men’s and women’s VWC prizes: HKD 106,000 (Hong Kong dollars). 1st: HKD 31,800, 2nd: HKD 13,600, 3rd: HKD 7,600 will be awarded at the Grand Finale, SHKP Vertical Run for Charity: Race to Hong Kong ICC – Hong Kong, China – December 1, 2019
More details: www.verticalworldcircuit.com