Yesterday hundreds of runners submitted themselves for a heavy dose of physical punishment by taking part in a grueling race up the China World Summit Wing Hotel in downtown Beijing.
Despite its name (its Chinese name anyway), the race does not come close to the full marathon distance of 42 kilometers. Instead contestants ascended the staircase of the 330-meter-high, 82-story luxury hotel.
According to NetEase, approximately 800 runners took part in the event which saw them cover an estimated 2041 steps. Those finishing the race were rewarded with panoramic views of the skyline from the top of Beijing’s tallest building.
Poland’s Piotr Lobodzinski won the male individual event with a time of 9 minutes 53 seconds, while Suzy Walsham from Australia won the female event with a time of 11 minutes 52 seconds. We do also salute the brave amateurs who took part in the race, with a handful taking over an hour to complete the course.
For those among our readership who love running up skyscrapers, the next race in the 2015 Vertical World Series will be coming to Shanghai on October 25 and Hong Kong on 6 December. There’s still time to register for both if you’re quick (website).
[Images via NetEase]
By Dominic Jackson