We Climbed 59 Floors in One of the Tallest Buildings in the Philippines for the Manila Vertical Run 2019!

Words by Meldrick Tin Photos by Joshua Go Fun runs are a great cardio workout for people who want to lose weight and drop calories. In Metro Manila, a lot of fun runs are organized as great bonding experiences for families and friends alike. However, have you ever heard of a fun run where instead […]

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Words by Meldrick Tin

Photos by Joshua Go

Fun runs are a great cardio workout for people who want to lose weight and drop calories. In Metro Manila, a lot of fun runs are organized as great bonding experiences for families and friends alike. However, have you ever heard of a fun run where instead of running horizontally, you run vertically?

VERTICAL RUN 5 - We Climbed 59 Floors in One of the Tallest Buildings in the Philippines for the Manila Vertical Run 2019!

The first of its kind, the Manila Vertical Run 2019 is a stair-climbing race where you get to climb 59 floors and race to the top of Shangri-La at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City, one of the tallest skyscrapers in Metro Manila!

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Now on its 4th year, the Manila Vertical Run 2019 partnered up with Kerry Sports Manila to give racers the most unique fun run experience ever. Prior to the day of the race, they gave us our singlet, and a race bib with a timing chip, which indicated our starting time and starting position. Before the race, warming up is highly encouraged to physically and mentally prepare ourselves for the challenge. Luckily, instructors and coaches alike led the group with a few stretching and warm-up drills.

VERTICAL RUN 2 - We Climbed 59 Floors in One of the Tallest Buildings in the Philippines for the Manila Vertical Run 2019!

The race is divided into four categories, but I participated in the full challenge, which entails that I had to run starting from the 2nd floor of the building, which is the starting line, up until the 59th floor, which is the penthouse of Shangri-La at the Fort.

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Honestly, I may have underestimated the difficulty of this challenge, because even though climbing stairs is an everyday activity we tend to do, racing while climbing stairs is not. Personally, I found it really challenging—not to mention pressuring, too. Watching the other runners race ahead of you really pressures you, but if there’s one thing I learned, it’s to focus on yourself and not on anybody else. All on your own pace.

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