SEOUL, April 24 (Korea Bizwire) – A vertical marathon race dubbed Sky Run was held at Lotte World Tower yesterday.
During the international marathon event held at the newly opened landmark building in Seoul’s Songpa District, over 900 participants from around the world raced up 123 floors to the top of the towe – 2,917 stairs to be exact.
Under the slogan ‘Beautiful Challenge for A Heartwarming World”, the race began at around nine in the morning as professional, amateur runners and groups competed in separate events.
A non-competitive charity race was also held among firefighters, police officers, and local government officials to raise funds to support those in need.
Among male competitors, Mark Bourne from Australia came out on top, finishing first in the 500-meter vertical race in a time of 16 minutes and 44 seconds.
The first female runner to reach the top floor of Lotte World tower was Suzy Walsham, also from Australia, finishing in 18 minutes and 47.23 seconds.
In a letter to Lotte, which organized the event, one handicapped runner who participated in the charity race wrote, “A lot of inspirational people change the world for the better with their skills and talent.
“I look up to those people and I will also lead my own life filled with dreams, purpose and hope.”
Ashley Song (firstname.lastname@example.org)