Ho Chi Minh City’s tallest building, the Bitexco Financial Tower, will host Vietnam’s first vertical race - the Bitexco Vertical Run. On October 30th, runners will start at the tower’s ground floor lobby and ascend 49 floors to the Saigon Skydeck.
They’ll run up a total 1,002 steps to a height of 178m, where they’ll have stunning views of Ho Chi Minh City’s skyline and the Saigon River.
Vietnam’s first vertical run has been selected as a trial race for the 2011 Vertical World Circuit (VWC), the world’s first and only skyscraper racing circuit, uniting some of the most iconic skyscraper races, including the Empire State Building Run-Up and the Taipei 101 Run-Up in Taiwan.
As a trial race, runners who participate in the VWC will be assigned points based on their result, with the male and female competitors with the total highest scores at the end of the year being declared Champions.
“Vertical Running is a bit like the challenge of Mount Everest; why do people climb it? Because it's there. These buildings are beacons. They are symbols of the growth of the cities and societies they exist in. Ho Chi Minh is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and Bitexco Financial Tower is emblematic of Vietnam's emergence," says David Shin of event organisers Sporting Republic.
Middlesbrough Pride Teeside 10k
Sunday 4 September 2011
On Sunday 4th September 2011 the Middlesbrough 10k and 3k fun run will return. This is one of the most popular events in the North East of England and brings together a diverse range of runners including serious athletes, fun-runners, fund-raisers and families. The course is one lap, flat and marked at each kilometre. There will be full road closures which make it ideal for all, including those attempting a personal best.
Big Fun Run – 5k Series
The Big Fun Runs is series of 5 km fun runs staged across the UK. All runs take place exclusively within scenic parks that are both safe and pleasant running environments. Each venue has been carefully selected.
Visit www.bigfunrun.com for a list of venues throughout the UK.
Haute Route – the new “sportive” bike race from Geneva to Nice
21 – 27 August 2011
The first edition of the Haute Route from Geneva to Nice will take place from 21 to 27 August 2011. Riders from 22 different countries will cross the Alps from Geneva to Nice over 15 mythical and challenging cols spread across 7 timed stages. The 730km route will climb 17,000 metres of Alpine mountains. Registration is open until Monday 15 August 2011.
The Run '11 Northampton
Sunday 2 October 2011
Northamptonshire's biggest mass participation, closed road running event, the event, which is now in its third year, attracts a good mix of club-class competitor whilst also being suitable for social runners, beginners and charity fund-raisers.
Over 2,500 people took part in the last year's event - experienced racers, keen runners, first-time joggers and determined walkers / strollers. With a 10km main event alongside 5km route plus Children's Races, the Run '11 aims to attract an even bigger audience this year.