On Sunday 30th September 2012, the highest stair climbing race in Vietnam will be held at Landmark 72, where hundreds of participants have registered to conquer the tallest skyscraper in the nation’s capital.
The inaugural event will feature a mix of locals and foreigners from over 20 countries around the world, hailing from as far away as the United States and Italy.
Vietnam’s tallest vertical run has been selected as an official race for the 2012 Vertical World Circuit (VWC), where the top runners will be vying for a total cash prize of US$5,000. The 1st prize male and female winners will each receive of US$1,500 and gain crucial points to be declared the world champion at the end of the year.
Amongst the elite athletes, the current female leader of the VWC - Suzy Walsham of Australia will be in Vietnam in a bid to secure her first world title. Walsham has won three consecutive stair races this year, and is a three-time winner of New York City’s prestigious Empire State Building Run-Up.
"We are proud of having the world’s best stair runners participating at the inaugural Landmark 72 Hanoi Vertical Run. We are happy to support international events at our building, especially those that help raise funds for charity and I hope they continue to grow and flourish in Vietnam". said Mr. Ha Jong Suk, President of Keangnam Vina. "We look forward to hosting the hundreds of participants from all over the world who have signed up for the challenge".
East Meets West Foundation
East Meets West (EMW) has worked in Vietnam for over 23 years and is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in Vietnam. EMW’s many high-impact programs and projects in health, clean water and sanitation, education and infrastructure for communities throughout Vietnam have helped transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and families living in poverty. To date, EMW has invested over US $105 million in Vietnam. For more information, please visit www.eastmeetswest.org.