Stair Climbing Race up Vietnam’s Tallest Building



Vietnam’s tallest building - Landmark 72 Tower in Hanoi - is the site of the country’s highest stair climbing race.  Runners will compete to be the fastest up 1914 stairs to the top of the 72-storey building.


Stair climbing, first known as “vertical races” in the 1970s, is now a global sport with clubs hailing from the US, Canada, Europe and Asia as well as professional athletes who train year-round to be the first to reach the top of the world’s tallest buildings.  


Although still a relatively new sport, stair climbing has quickly caught on with fitness enthusiasts attracted not only by the physical demands but also by the novelty of competing in unique urban settings – the world’s tallest structures.


Organisers of the “Landmark 72 Hanoi Vertical Run”, expect the event to draw over 500 participants, including both amateur and elite athletes.

"One of the main objectives of the Landmark 72 Vertical Run is to promote Hanoi as a leading destination for competitive sports, business and tourism,­­" said Sporting Republic director David Shin.



Runners start in groups of 10 to 15 at 5 minute intervals to avoid bumping into each other.  

Most will take about

20 minutes to complete

the race, although elite

competitors can finish

in less than 10 









New Zealand hosts World Triathlon final


The Barfoot & Thompson World Triathlon Grand Final is coming to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.


The ITU World Triathlon Series is an innovative series that allows the world’s top athletes to compete head-to-head on an ongoing basis. Expanding upon the previous single-day World Championship, the format features seven world-class events and finishes with an exciting Grand Final in Auckland.


Two special ‘curtain raiser’ events are available to anyone who wants to experience the thrill of racing in a world champs event (except that it’s for fun!).

Whether you're an experienced triathlete or a triathlon novice, these races provide a unique opportunity to race on the World Champs course in the heart of Auckland city – then watch the world's best race it later in the day.


The format is a short and sharp '3:5:3' distance, a 300m swim, 5km bike and a 3km run, with racing as fast or friendly as you like. You can either race Solo or race with your mates in a 'see who can do the best time' tag-team format.


The 2012 Triathlon World Champs will be the biggest three days of Triathlon racing New Zealand has ever seen, and the buzz you'll get from racing through downtown Auckland in front of huge local crowds makes this event something to experience first-hand.





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