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Taipei 101 to host Towerrunning World Championships in May

2018/02/19 15:09:23

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Taipei, Feb. 19 (CNA) Taipei's landmark skyscraper Taipei 101 is preparing to host the Towerrunning World Championships in May, a spokesman for the building told CNA.

Taipei 101 has won the right to host the Towerrunning World Association's (TWA) highest level competition on May 5, Taipei 101 spokesman Michael Liu (劉家豪) said recently, and he anticipated it will be an excellent test for the world's top stair runners.

It will be only the second time a world championship has been held in the sport, following the debut event in Doha in 2015, and 60 elite stair runners from around the world and 100 Taiwanese athletes are expected to compete, Liu said.

Taipei 101 has held a stair-climbing race annually since 2005, and with 91 floors, 2,046 stairs and a vertical height of 390 meters to scale, it has emerged as one of the world's most difficult climbing challenges.

After Taipei 101 joined the World Federation of Great Towers in 2014, the annual Taipei 101 Run-Up event has been included as a Towerrunning Tour Race hosted by the TWA, the international governing body for the sport of stair running.

The iconic building hosted the TWA's Asian & Oceanian Towerrunning Championship in 2017 in which more than 4,500 people took part, according to Liu.

Aside from this year's official championship race open only to invitees, Liu said Taipei 101 will also organize a separate race allowing 4,000 non-runners to join. Registration for that run-up event will begin in April, he said.

The fastest times ever recorded in the Taipei 101 Run-Up came in the inaugural race in 2005. Paul Crake of Australia set the men's record at 10 minutes and 29 seconds, and Austria's Andrea Mayr set the women's record at 12:38, according to Taipei 101.

(By Chu Tse-wei and Joseph Yeh)