Final countdown to Race to ICC-100 – SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest
Professionals offer tips to help runners get ready for the challenge
It is the final countdown to the first 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. On 2 December, contestants will climb 2,120 steps at Hong Kong’s tallest building, International Commerce Centre (ICC), and finish at the Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck on the 100th floor. The race has gained widespread support in the community, with SHKP sponsoring staff to enter the corporate relay and individual races. Other corporate teams will include the sponsors Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley, as well as Citi, CLSA, Deloitte, Hang Seng Bank, HSBC, KMB, KPMG, McKinsey and PwC.
Collaborative effort for the charity race
In keeping with its Building Homes with Heart ideal, SHKP has a collaborative effort at each and every level of the race and over 10 staff will step up to the challenge. As race day approaches, there have been cross-department training sessions for the runners, plus an experience sharing session mentored by a veteran staff runner Raymond Fung to give entrants tips on stair racing technique.
Top runners attending in the event include 2010 Towerrunning World Cup champion Melissa Moon, 2012 Empire State Building Run-up (fundraising special division) champion Lam Ka-ming and seven-time Stepping High Macao Tower Run champion Gi Ka-man.
Medical and sports professionals offer tips
In conjunction with a training session supervised by Melissa Moon, the organizer invited Hong Kong Baptist University Department of Physical Education Associate Professor Dr. Lobo Louie and Hong Kong Association of Sport Medicine and Sport Science President Dr. Gary Mak to share medical and sports tips with runners. Dr. Louie advised runners to stop stair climbing training three days before the race and have six-to-eight hours sleep the night before the race to maintain a competitive edge. Dr. Mak said that runners suffering from heart disease, having shortness of breath or palpitations during exercise routines should have a physical examination or seek advice from a doctor to determine if they should take part in the race.
The first Race to ICC-100 – SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest is a charity event and all proceeds will be donated to child and youth services under The Community Chest of Hong Kong. It also encourages more people to exercise, and helps promote Hong Kong, with the city’s landmark ICC hosting the race.
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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.