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Wife of Taipei 101 Run Up record holder to take part in event

2017/05/06 22:13:33

Paul Crake (in weelchair)

Taipei, May 6 (CNA) The wife of the men's record holder in the Taipei 101 Run Up will don her husband's shirt and take part in the grueling challenge.

The run up is now in its 13th year, and organizers said they are offering NT$200,000 (US$6,626) to runners who can shatter the previous record.

The records for both men and women were set in the first year -- Paul Crake of Australia set the men's record in 10 minutes and 29 seconds, while Andrea Mayr of Austria set the women's record in 12 minutes and 38 seconds.

This year's event is slated for Sunday, with the contestants climbing 91 floors -- 390 meters in all and 2,046 steps.

Crake now relies on a wheelchair to get around after being involved in a car accident, and sells assistive devices to help disabled people drive.

Even though he is not one of the contestants, he will be present Sunday to award the prizes, while his wife will take up the challenge on his behalf.

(By Chen Cheng-wei and Lilian Wu)