‘SHKP Vertical Run for Charity’ Celebrates 5th Anniversary
Hong Kong and Shanghai Reprise Their Roles as Last Two Stages of World Circuit
Numerous Community Activities to Promote Sport for Charity and Healthy Lifestyle
Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) announced today the start of registration for the fifth ‘SHKP Vertical Run for Charity’. SHKP will once again host the two final races of the 2016 Vertical World Circuit: ‘Race to Hong Kong ICC’ and ‘Race to Shanghai IFC’ which will be held on 4 Dec and 23 Oct respectively. ‘Race to Hong Kong ICC’ reprises its role as the grand finale bringing vertical runners from all over the world to compete at the world’s seventh tallest and Hong Kong’s tallest building—International Commerce Centre (ICC)—for the world championship. SHKP believes in ‘Building Homes with Heart’ and is committed to promoting exercise for good by integrating vertical running with charity donation to raise funds for child and youth services.
SHKP Executive Director and Deputy Managing Director Victor Lui and ‘SHKP Vertical Run for Charity – Race to Hong Kong ICC’ Event Organizing Committee Co-chairman Edward Cheung BBS officiated the kick-off ceremony at sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck. Attending guests included the International Skyrunning Federation President Marino Giacometti, Race Director David Shin, ‘SHKP Vertical Run for Charity – Race to Hong Kong ICC’ Expert Advisory Panel Member and Associate Professor of the Department of Physical Education of Hong Kong Baptist University Dr Lobo Louie, Chairman of the Hong Kong Dietitians Association Sylvia Lam, ‘SHKP Vertical Run for Charity – Race to Hong Kong ICC’ Expert Advisory Panel Member and President of the Hong Kong Association of Sports Medicine and Sports Science Dr Gary Mak, and 2015 ‘SHKP Vertical Run for Charity–Race to Hong Kong ICC’ Men’s Individual Overall Champion Eric Yeung and 2015 Youth relay teams.
Victor Lui opened the event by saying, “SHKP has been dedicated to ‘Building Homes with Heart’ and promoting a healthy, sustainable lifestyle through organising charity sporting events to advocate ‘Exercise for Good’. This is the fifth consecutive year that SHKP hosts international vertical running races with the aim of engaging the public in sport and caring for those in need in our community. Since 2012, ‘SHKP Vertical Run for Charity’ has raised over HKD$25 million from races in Hong Kong and Shanghai. To celebrate our fifth anniversary, we have a series of community activities specially prepared to help the public understand more about vertical running and to encourage more people to participate in sport for charity.”
Age Categories Subdivided to Enhance Competition
This year, the race will include ‘Elite’, ‘Individual’, ‘Fun Climb’ and ‘Team Relay’. To respond to participants’ request, the ‘Age 40 or above’ group in this year’s ‘Individual’ race will be further divided into ‘Age 40–49’ and ‘Age 50 or above’ and thus runners with comparable strengths can compete in the same category. ‘Team Relay’ will continue to have ‘Corporate’ and ‘Open’ categories, while ‘Students’ category is introduced to allow Secondary and Tertiary students to form teams to join the race in order to attract more young participants. ‘Fun Climb’ will remain the same with ‘Type A’ and ‘Type B’ for runners of all ages to experience the fun of vertical running.
Chance for Individual Champions to Race Overseas Early-bird Special Offers
To encourage local sports enthusiasts, SHKP will continue to sponsor, as in 2015, the overall champions of the men’s and women’s Individual races to participate in overseas races in the coming year. At the same time, to promote early preparation for the race, there will be 2 different early-bird registration offer for ‘Individual’, ‘Team Relay (Students)’, ‘Team Relay (Open)’ and ‘Fun Climb’ if runners register on or before 16 September.
5th Anniversary Community Activities Professional Training for Runners
SHKP will further expand its community outreach this year to include not only ‘Step-Up for Fitness’ fund-raising activities at SHKP residential properties to encourage tenants to raise funds through exercise, but also some innovative initiatives via mobile app to promote the fun of vertical running and public participation. Additionally, SHKP will collaborate with both Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology as well as Sports Medicine and Health Science Alumni Association of The Chinese University of Hong Kong to organise workshops providing comprehensive and effective training for interested runners to better prepare themselves.
Race to Shanghai IFC Raise Money for Child and Youth Development
‘SHKP Vertical Run for Charity—Race to Shanghai IFC’ will be held on 23 October 2016 at Shanghai IFC, where runners will challenge 1,460 stairs to spread the positive message of helping others.
Registration is now open for ‘SHKP Vertical Run for Charity’. Those interested can visit the official website (www.shkpverticalrun.com) for details or call (852) 5386 0185 (HK) or (8621) 2329 6824 (Shanghai) for enquiries.
The official partners of ‘Race to Hong Kong ICC’ are ICC, sky100 and The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong while those of ‘Race to Shanghai IFC’ are Shanghai IFC and The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong.
Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited is committed to producing the finest developments and offering customers ideal homes and top-notch services. The developer believes in ‘Building Homes with Heart’ and contributes to the good of the community to make Hong Kong a better place for all. SHKP lives up to its corporate social responsibility by advocating reading and holistic development, healthy, sustainable living and care for the underprivileged.
SHKP has been included in the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index Series since its inception in 2010. This was the first index series to track corporate sustainability including environmental and social impact, workplace practices and corporate governance in Hong Kong and on the mainland.
Over the past four decades, the management team leads by example and inspires staff to reach out to those in need and give back to society with their professional knowledge. The company also engages its stakeholders in instilling positive energy in the community.
About Vertical World Circuit
Vertical World Circuit was established by the International Skyrunning Federation, which governs races at iconic skyscrapers around the world and ensures that all races are conducted under its international standards and regulations.
The annual Vertical World Circuit is an arena for stair runners from all over the world. This year is no exception. The 2016 Vertical World Circuit spreads across nine cities from seven countries including London, Paris, Sydney, Dubai, New York, Manila, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, with Hong Kong as the grand finale of the circuit again.
Official VWC website: www.verticalrunning.org