Runner Melissa Moon, the Vertical World Circuit (VWC) champion from New Zealand, will participate in the first ever skyscraper running competition in Vietnam namely Bitexco Vertical Run (BVR).
The race will take place at the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City, Bitexco Financial Tower on October 30 where competitors will conquer the 1,002 steps of the building to finish at the observation deck on the 49th floor - a height of 178 metres
According to the Bitexco Group, the race is designed as a preparatory competition for the 2011 Vertical World Circuit, where top runners participating in the competition will gain crucial points for the championship title.
Mr David Shin, Director of the Sporting Republic Company, which will host BVR said that Melissa’s presence is an encouragement for the race. She was the winner at the Empire State Building Run-Up in New York last year and became the champion of VWC 2010.
They will start at the tower’s ground floor lobby and finish at the tower’s observation deck, then enjoying the views of Ho Chi Minh City’s skyline and the Saigon River.
Before flying to the event, runner Melissa Moon said she is looking forward to racing in Vietnam for the first time. "I’ve been training hard and I am now feeling fully energy. If I win in Vietnam, it will certainly bring me back up the rankings of the world championship title,” she said./.