Race to ICC-100 – SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest at Hong Kong’s tallest landmark
Top runners, business leaders and young contestants scale 2,120 steps for charity
International Commerce Centre (ICC) today hosted the first Race to ICC-100 – SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest, opening a new page in local stair climbing history. The event, jointly organized by Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) and The Community Chest of Hong Kong (The Chest), saw about 300 runners face the incredible challenge of climbing 2,120 steps to raise funds for The Chest. Two-time Empire State Building Run-up champion Melissa Moon came to Hong Kong to offer her support to the contestants and the event.
The inaugural event consisted of individual race and a Corporate Relay Race with teams of four runners. They raced up 2,120 steps, finished at the Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck on the 100th floor of ICC and were rewarded with a magnificent 360-degree view of the world-renowned Hong Kong cityscape. The charity event drew contestants including top international runners and business leaders. Financial Secretary John Tsang, GBM, JP, Board Member of The Chest Sir C K Chow and SHKP Chairman and Managing Director Raymond Kwok attended the event and offered their support to the runners who race for the benefit of children and youth.
Good team spirit in Corporate Relay Race
Guests and runners converged on ICC at 9:00am for the opening ceremony, with drummers leading representatives of corporate teams to the stage to open the event, amidst cheers from the business community, runners’ family members and friends.
SHKP Chairman and Managing Director Raymond Kwok said: “I am honoured to be here for this incredible event at ICC, which attracts top runners and contestants from large corporations. It will be a real challenge to their stamina and willpower to climb 2,120 steps. They will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the city as they cross the finish line at the Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck. All proceeds from the race, outwith race expenses, will be donated to The Chest.”
Mr Kwok also shared his health tips with the crowd. “Many people in Hong Kong are very busy with their work, but they should also look after their health. My three tips of staying healthy are: firstly, early to bed and early to rise; secondly, exercise regularly - many people know that I like hiking, swimming and doing stretches; and thirdly, maintain a positive attitude – a happy person is a healthy person,” Mr Kwok said.
At the kick-off ceremony, the guests struck a gong to officially start the race, as the crowd cheered on the runners to give them a huge boost in morale.
The event began with the Corporate Relay Race, with 48 corporate teams of four runners competing. They included teams from the organizer SHKP, and the sponsors Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley. There were four prizes for the Corporate Relay Race for the Champion team, 1st runner-up, 2nd runner-up and the highest fund-raising team.
After a stiff competition, the champion title went to Team KMB (A). The 1st and 2nd runners-up were Team Defond Electrical Industries Ltd and Team KPMG.
Chan Ming Wang (Age: 58) of Team KMB (A) said: “It was the first time the team attempted stair-climbing, none of us had done it in the past. We were thrilled to win the race in 15 minutes 22 seconds. We found the event very meaningful for it promotes a healthy lifestyle and raises funds for charity. We hope to take part again next year and accomplish even better results.”
Top runners competing in Individual Race
Hot on the heels of the Corporate Relay Race was the Individual Race, with over 100 runners vying for Men’s and Women’s Champions, 1st runners-up, 2nd runners-up and the highest fund-raising individual award. 2010 Towerrunning World Cup champion Melissa Moon came to Hong Kong to cheer on the runners.
Men’s and Women’s Individual Race Champions went to Gi Ka Man and Cynthia Reid who finished in 13 minutes 20 seconds and 19 minutes 42 seconds respectively. Men’s champion Gi Ka Man, seven-time Stepping High Macao Tower Run champion and 2012 Hong Kong Marathon (Half Marathon) champion, said: “It was the first time I won a vertical race in Hong Kong. The last section of the race was very hard and I kept telling myself that it was a great challenging and I had to be determined to cross the finish line.” Women’s champion Cynthia Reid, a part-time fitness instructor, said: “It was my second stair climbing race, the first time was in IFC a few years ago. I wasn’t expecting to win this race at ICC. I guess it was because I maintain a daily exercise routine.”
Raising funds for child and youth services under The Chest
The Chest Campaign Committee Co-Chairman Lawrence Yu, BBS, MBE, JP and SHKP Chairman and Managing Director Thomas Kwok hosted the prize presentation ceremony at the Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck. Mr Kwok said: “What a fantastic race! All the runners did a great job. My special thanks to the three sponsors and Citizen for being the official timekeeper, Day Break for ensuring a smooth race, Hong Kong Amateur Radio Transmitting Society for the communication services, St. John Ambulance Brigade, Police Community Chest volunteers, as well as the SHKP Volunteer Team and staff. This event received an overwhelming response and many top world runners sent us emails about taking part. Unfortunately, these emails came after the registration deadline, but I hope that these top runners and more international athletes will join the race next year as we are looking to make this charity race a prominent Hong Kong international event.”
All proceeds from the race will be donated to 27 member social welfare agencies supported by The Chest to provide children and youth with care and assistance, development and training programmes for personal growth, plus a wide range of activities to enhance their leadership and interpersonal skills, expand their social networks and develop a sense of responsibility.
About Race to ICC-100 - SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest
Jointly organized by Sun Hung Kai Properties and The Community Chest of Hong Kong, the first "Race to ICC-100 - SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest" took place on 2 December (today) at International Commerce Centre (ICC), the tallest building in Hong Kong. The Race was a high-profile event in Hong Kong's sports for charity calendar and helped promote a healthy and active lifestyle in the community.
There was a corporate relay for teams of four and an individual race, putting contestants’ stamina and teamwork to the test. Contestants 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.