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VNRE - Bitexco Group says it will organize an international skyscraper race at its Bitexco Financial Tower - the tallest building in downtown HCMC - on October 30.

The Bitexco Vertical Run will challenge runners to scale 1,020 steps from the tower’s ground floor lobby to the Saigon Skydeck on the 49th floor where they can see stunning views of the city’s skyline and the Saigon River.

Runners will compete in groups of 10 to 15 people. Men, women and children aged 12 and above at all fitness levels are encouraged to enter.

David Shin, representative of the organizers, describes the vertical race as a bit like scaling Mount Everest, not literally, but the fact that people like to climb because it is a challenge.

Vertical running is a fast growing and relatively new activity for runners and sports enthusiasts seeking a unique and thrilling challenge. The first-known vertical races began in the 1970s and it has developed into an organized sport where races are held globally in some of the world’s tallest buildings.

Organizers say the Bitexco race aims to attract hundreds of local and foreign participants. Registration is available from now with participation fees starting at US$12 per person.

For more information, contact race organizers at www.vietnamrun.com or www.bitexco.com.vn.

Reported by Dinh Dung | The Saigon Times

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