On May 26, Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan welcomed over 1,200 runners from 14 different nations for the fifth annual Tainan Run-Up For Love vertical run. The athletes climbed the building’s challenging 798 steps, a total of 40 floors, to reach the top of the city’s highest building. The eldest participant was 71 years old, while the youngest participant at one year old was carried up the tall building by her parents.
The event raised over TWD559,161 (about USD18,639) from registration fees and corporate sponsorships. The hotel donated all proceeds to the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families, a non-profit organization that supports children from low-income communities or high risk environments. Since the first annual Tainan Run-Up for Love in 2015, the event has raised over TWD2,141,416 (about USD71,381) for the organization.
The hotel organized the event in partnership with the city government, local fire bureau, police and National Cheng Kung University Hospital.
“Volunteers from the hotel and local organizations worked tirelessly to guarantee a comfortable, memorable and most importantly safe experience for all participants,” said Doris Pu, director of communications at Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan.
“Our sincere gratitude goes out to all the local government teams, the National Cheng Kung University Hospital medical staff, sponsors and, last but not least, hotel colleagues who volunteered their time to help complete this historic event for a good cause,” said Ross Miles-Cadman, general manager of Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan. “In true Shangri-La spirit, the hotel team focused their energy and together made it to the top of Tainan!”