2013 Race to ICC-100 -- SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest

2013 Race to ICC-100 -- SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest 
World Champion Crowned 2,120 Conquered in Record 12 Min 04 Sec 
Over 1,000 Runners Race for Charity 
HONG KONG, CHINA -- (Marketwired) -- 12/02/13 --  The 2013 Race to
ICC-100 -- SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest (Race to ICC-100)
organized by Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) and the Community Chest
of Hong Kong was held today at the world's fifth tallest and Hong
Kong's tallest building International Commerce Centre (ICC). The
opening ceremony was officiated by HKSAR Financial Secretary John
Tsang, GBM, JP, SHKP Chairman and Managing Director Thomas Kwok, SHKP
Chairman and Managing Director and Event Organizing Committee
Chairman Raymond Kwok, Event Organizing Co-chairman Edward Cheung BBS
and SHKP Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer and Event
Organizing Committee Co-chairman Patrick Chan. 
In the event opening, Raymond Kwok said: "We are honoured that Race
to ICC-100 has become an international sporting event as the grand
final of 2013 Vertical World Circuit. The number of contestants has
increased more than three fold from last year, to over 1,000 runners,
proving the increasing popularity of stair-climbing among the people
of Hong Kong. Apart from local runners, it has attracted 23
world-class elite athletes to race for the championship of the
Vertical World Circuit." Mr Kwok also said that he liked hiking,
yoga, and recently, stair-climbing He encourages colleagues to do
more exercise and maintain a balanced lifestyle. 
A Grand Kick-off to Vertical World Circuit Grand Final  
There were four categories in this year's race, including Elite Race,
Corporate Relay and Individual Race. The runners raced up 2,120
stairs to the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck on the 100th of ICC. 
When the competitive Elite Race was over, Raymond Kwok presented
souvenirs to the 23 elites from around the globe, and met with other
athletes, including the Hong Kong Amputee Sport Association runners
and the young, visually-impaired female runner Choi Lok-sze who were
encouraged to participate in next year's vertical run. 
World-class Athletes at the Elite Race Australian Stair Runner
Crowned Champion  
The event this year made its international debut as the grand final
of 2013 Vertical World Circuit, attracting a number of world-class
athletes to vie for the final world championship at ICC. The event
started a local craze for stair-climbing and attracted 1,019
stair-climbing enthusiasts from more than 30 countries and regions. 
The day began with the much anticipated Elite Race among 23
world-class athletes. Australian runner Mark Bourne finished first at
12m04s, and the first place for Elite Women went to Suzanne Walsham,
also from Australia, at 14m32s. They also won the overall
championships of the 2013 Vertical World Circuit, and were officially
crowned at an award ceremony after the races at ICC. 
Corporate Relay and Individual Runners Reach For the Top  
Closely following the Elite Race was the Corporate Relay with a total
of 172 contestants in 43 teams from different sectors. The Corporate
Relay was won by the Kowloon Motor Bus Co (1933) Ltd Team (B), and
the Kowloon Motor Bus Co (1933) Ltd Team (A) and ATAL Building
Services Engineering Limited Team came second and third. 
There were around 600 runners grouped into three categories according
to age in the Individual Race. The runners spared no effort in
challenging the 2,120 stairs to reach for the top.  
SHKP Went All Out to Promote Healthier Lifestyle  
The Fun Climb, a new addition to the race this year, was held in the
afternoon with over 200 peoples to promote the fun of stair-climbing.
SHKP Chairman and Managing Director Thomas Kwok, SHKP Chairman and
Managing Director and Event Organizing Committee Chairman Raymond
Kwok, and representatives from the management team, including SHKP
Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Patrick Chan, SHKP
Deputy Managing Director Victor Lui, were among the runners in
support of this charity sporting event. 
In his thank you, Thomas Kwok congratulated winners of the Individual
Race and praised all the contestants for their courage to take on
this 2,120-step challenge.. He said that the newly added Fun Climb
let participants enjoy the fun of vertical running and put their
stamina to the test. Even people who do not work out regularly may
enjoy stair-climbing and bring this simple exercise to their daily
life for a healthier lifestyle. 
Results
 2013 Vertical World Circuit
2013 


 
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                         Men                      Women                     
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1st                      Mark Bourne              Suzanne Walsham           
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Elite Race 


 
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        Men                               Women                             
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1st     Mark Bourne (12min04sec)          Suzanne Walsham (14min32sec)      
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2nd     Darren Wilson (12min11sec)        Gan Xue (15min27sec)              
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3rd     Piotr Lobodzinski (12min24sec)    Yiu Kit Ching (15min51sec)        
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Corporate Relay 


 
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1st      The Kowloon Motor Bus Co (1933) Ltd Team (B) (14min46sec)          
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2nd      The Kowloon Motor Bus Co (1933) Ltd Team (A) (14min54sec)          
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3rd      ATAL Building Services Engineering Limited Team (15min15sec)       
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Individual Race 


 
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                 Men                           Women                        
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Overall Champion Chan Ka Ho (13min58sec)       Mei Leng Tong (18min09sec)   
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Ages 16-19                                                                  
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1st              Agarwal Yash (17min01sec)     Chung Man Tung (20min51sec)  
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Ages 20-39                                                                  
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1st              Chan Ka Ho (13min58sec)       Chan Wing Yin (18min44sec)   
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Age 40 or above                                                             
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1st              Lau Chun Kei (16min51sec)     Mei Leng Tong (18min09sec)   
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About Race to ICC-100 - SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest  
The Race to ICC-100 - SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest organized by
Sun Hung Kai Properties and the Community Chest was held on 1
December at Hong Kong's tallest building - International Commerce
Centre - to raise funds for child and youth services. There were
relay, individual, and elite races for local and international
runners to race up 2,120 stairs to the sky100 Hong Kong Observation
Deck on the 100th floor. There was also be a new Fun Climb this year
for people who want to try a relaxed version of stair climbing. This
year's race was an international sporting event as part of the
Vertical World Circuit and saw many world-class runners in Hong Kong
to compete in the final event of the world championship. 
About 2013 Vertical Word Circuit  
The Race to ICC-100 was the grand final of the seven races in the
2013 Vertical World Circuit. The Circuit is organized by the
International Skyrunning Federation every year with stair races at
iconic skyscrapers around the world. The seven races in 2013
stretched across the globe with Race to ICC-100 in Hong Kong as the
grand final with the most stairs of all the races. The International
Skyrunning Federation oversees all the races to ensure they comply
with international standards. 
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