World stair racing champion Melissa Moon and local runners
attend pledging ceremony for Race to ICC-100 – SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest
Event garners strong support from medical and sports communities
Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) and The Community Chest of Hong Kong will jointly stage the first Race to ICC-100 – SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest on December 2 (Sunday) at International Commerce Centre (ICC), Hong Kong’s tallest building. Today a group of race entrants took part in a pledging ceremony held at the Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck to raise everyone’s spirits.
The pledging ceremony attendees included 2010 Towerrunning World Cup champion Melissa Moon, along with Empire State Building Run-up (fundraising special division) champion Lam Ka-ming and seven-time Stepping High Macao Tower Run champion Gi Ka-man. They were joined by the SHKP corporate team and representatives from race sponsors Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley.
Event organizing committee chairman and SHKP Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Patrick K W Chan said: “We are grateful for the overwhelming response to the event and it has achieved a full registration. It showed that this inaugural charity race has garnered strong support from all walks of life. World famous landmarks such as the Empire State Building and Taipei 101 played host to stair races and we anticipate that the vertical run at ICC will encourage more people to get out and exercise, while helping to promote Hong Kong.”
Melissa Moon shared her vertical run techniques
Melissa Moon explained her unique vertical running skills at the Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck today. She led the entrants in a series of warm-up exercises and called on the general public to also keep up their exercise routines. Melissa noted that the route for this charity race is challenging, but she is confident that runners will be up to the challenge as long as they carry out full pre-race preparations. She reminded the runners to do a self-assessment before the race and pay special attention to the heart and respiratory systems.
Medical and sports professionals call for support
The race received widespread support from the medical and sports professionals. Hong Kong Association of Sport Medicine and Sport Science (HKASMSS) President Dr. Gary Mak pointed out that aerobic exercises are good for the heart and overall health. Since a vertical run exerts a great deal of pressure on the heart and arteries, Dr. Mak advised entrants to undergo a thorough physical fitness examination prior to the race or to seek advice from general practitioners. A self-assessment questionnaire is also available on the HKASMSS website for reference.
Hong Kong Baptist University Department of Physical Education Associate Professor Dr. Lobo Louie reminded entrants to do adequate warm-up exercises before the race. During the pre-race training, contestants should place emphasis on building leg strength besides routine cardiovascular and stamina training, Stair climbing, stretching and enhancing strength with exercise equipment can help maintain good flexibility.
International runners learn positive life principles from vertical running
Long-distance runner Gi Ka-man opted to take part in this race instead of other races held during the same period, saying, “I am eager to run for charity. This race is very challenging, requiring 2,120 steps to the finish, more than any other vertical run I have ever participated in.”
Another runner Lam Ka-ming developed a positive outlook on life through vertical running, saying,“Stair racing can train and challenge the mind and body and one should not only strive for the first place all the time.”
About Race to ICC-100 – SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest
Jointly organized by Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) and The Community Chest of Hong Kong, the first "Race to ICC-100 - SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest" is scheduled to take place on 2 December, 2012 (Sunday) at International Commerce Centre (ICC), the tallest building in Hong Kong. The Race will be a high-profile event in Hong Kong's sports for charity calendar and will help promote a healthy and active lifestyle in the community.
There will be a corporate relay for teams of four and an individual race, putting contestants’ stamina and teamwork to the test. Contestants will climb 2,120 steps and finish at the Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck on the 100th floor of ICC; rewarded with a spectacular 360-degree view of the city. All proceeds from the race will be donated to child and youth services under The Community Chest of Hong Kong.