Al via gli italiani Emanuele Manzi e Cristina Bonacina

For the fourth consecutive year, on December 4, the Vertical World Circuit will hold the finals of the nine-race tour on Hong Kong’s tallest building, the iconic International Commerce Centre topping out at 484 metres.

Cristina Bonacina (foto verticalworldcircuit ©

Cristina Bonacina (foto verticalworldcircuit ©

No less than twelve of the world’s top ranked athletes in a record field of 1,800 participants will be racing up the building’s 1,120 steps and 82 floors in the “SHKP Vertical Run for Charity: Race to Hong Kong ICC”.  The VWC Grand Finale will award the Champion Titles and HKD 100,000 end of season prize purse to the top-ranked VWC competitors.

Emanuele Manzi & Lenka Sbavikova primi nella tappa di Parigi (foto verticalworldcircuit)

  Heading the ranking is reigning World Champion Piotr Lobodzinski from Poland. “I’m very excited for the Vertical World Circuit Grand Finale in Hong Kong. It’s the longest and the hardest race in the year. After two years as VWC champion I want to defend my title. It will not be so easy because Mark Bourne is very close to me on the ranking but I’m in good shape and hope to run below 12 minutes to win or take no less than second place. I’m ready to fight!” he commented Race Director David Shin had this to say: “It speaks volumes about the quality of the elite field at the Race to Hong Kong ICC that so many of the world’s best vertical runners will toe the line in this year’s men’s elite fieldLobodzinski, Bourne and Manzi are all hungry to add to their trophy cases and it should make for an exciting race. The women’s field will be equally competitive,” he added. The records to beat are by Australians Darren Wilson in 11’52” (2015) and Suzy Walsham in 13’48” (2014). The standing records were set in 2014 by Australians Darren Wilson 11’57” and Suzy Walsham in 13’48”, who were also race winners here last year. The nine-race circuit has crossed the world, touching on some of the tallest towers in four continents – New York, London, Paris and Dubai, Sydney, Manila and Beijing, Shanghai and now, it’s the turn of Hong Kong celebrating the VWC Grand Finale on Sunday, December 4 with the SHKP Vertical Run for Charity: Race to Hong Kong ICC. Representing the International Skyrunning Federation which sanctions the Vertical World Circuit and the event, will be Marino Giacometti, ISF President, who will present the VWC trophies to the winners. SHKP Vertical Run for Charity: Race to Hong Kong ICC became affiliated with the ISF in 2013. After climbing the 2,120 steps himself last year, Marino Giacometti commented, “It’s a really tough race. The ICC counts the most steps on the circuit.” He added, “I was impressed by the excellent organization and attention to detail on all levels – we’re very proud to have this race represent the VWC final!” Follow us on Facebook and twitter for news and updates Race website: 2016 VWC rankings