Race To The Finish: Hotels In Beijing, Bangkok and Malé Host Vertical Runs

Throughout 2018, Shangri-La and Hotel Jen properties in Beijing, Bangkok and the Maldives hosted vertical runs to promote healthy lifestyles, and two raised funds for charitable organizations. Check out the heart-pumping stories!

On August 25, over 700 runners competed in the China World Summit Wing, Beijing Vertical Run, one of the official races in the 2018 Vertical World Circuit (VWC). Local and international athletes conquered 2,041 steps to the rooftop finish line at 330 meters. Mark Bourne and Suzy Walsham won first place for the men’s and women’s races, respectively. Bourne crossed the finish line in 10 minutes and nine seconds, and Walsham defended her title as champion of the women’s race in 11 minutes and 58 seconds.

“This is an amazing race with an amazing hotel and view of Beijing,” said Bourne. “I feel on top of the world!”

“It was a really tough race with some powerful athletes from China performing so well, but I pushed myself towards the end,” said Walsham. “This is my sixth time winning this race, so it feels wonderful to share this accomplishment with so many runners from around the world.”

All proceeds from the China World Summit Wing, Beijing Vertical Run will benefit One Village One Preschool, which supports education for children from underprivileged communities.

On October 12, Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok hosted its second annual Vertical Run. Over 200 competitors climbed 494 steps up the 25-story Shangri-La Wing. The male and female champions broke last year’s records in three minutes and three seconds, and five minutes and seven seconds, respectively. The hotel raised THB165,000 (about USD4,852) from the event, which will be donated to the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok to purchase new medical equipment for the Navamintrabhopit 84th Anniversary Building.

“This successful event was filled with joy and happiness,” said Virinya Maytheepattanachat, director of communications at the hotel. “We look forward to the next charitable vertical run!”

On October 31, Hotel Jen Malé, Maldives held its first vertical run to promote healthy physical activity and teamwork among colleagues and guests. The vertical run was comprised of seven teams climbing up the 14-story building. Finishing times were evaluated based on the last person in each team to cross the finish line.

“It was a very competitive run, where the winning team finished the race in two minutes and nine seconds,” said Rhoda Maceda, director of human resources at Hotel Jen Malé, Maldives. “The winners were awarded with gold medals and certificates.”

Congratulations to all the runners, and thank you to the hotels for hosting the races.