Vertical Run back in Manila for second edition

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  • The Vertical World Circuit returns to the Philippines for a second year.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) — The Vertical World Circuit returns to the Philippines for a second year.

The Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run will be held at Shangri-La at the Fort on July 9.

It's a relatively new sport, but vertical races have piqued the interest of fitness enthusiasts and produced athletes who compete internationally.

Vertical races of the 2017 edition have been held in Dubai, London, Paris, and New York before the Manila leg next month.

Runners will start in the Shangri-La hotel's lobby before running their way up 59 floors or 1,353 steps to the penthouse level which sits at a height of 250 meters.

In last year's race, elite category racers Piotr Łobodziński from Poland and Suzy Walsham from Australia topped the standings.

Łobodziński finished the race in 6 minutes and 20 seconds, while Walsham clocked in at 7 minutes and 39 seconds.

Registration for the 2017 Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run is open until June 25. Register here.

The run categories are as follows:

- Full Challenge: Single runners that will run up all 59 floors. Minimum age is 18 years old with a registration fee of P1,500.

- Team Challenge: Each team consists of four runners. Each runner climb's all 59 floors, wit the winning team calculated by the third runner that finishes. Registration fee is set at P6,000 per team.

- Fun Climb: Single runners that will run up 20 floors. Minimum age is 12 years old with a registration fee of P1,000.

- Horizon Challenge: Single runners that will run up 37 floors. Registration fee of P1,200.

- Elite category: By invitation only.

Kerry Sports Manila claims to have the largest indoor sports facility in the Philippines with over 8,000 sq.m. of space and is housed inside the Shangri-La at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

The Vertical World Circuit is governed by the International Skyrunning Federation, the worldwide authority of mountain running and vertical climbing events.