Ho Chi Minh City’s tallest building, Bitexco Financial Tower, will host Vietnam’s only vertical race – the HCMC SKYRUN. On October 29, runners will start at the tower’s ground floor lobby and ascend 49 floors to the skydeck. They will face the challenge of running up a total of 1,002 steps, where, assuming can recover their breath, will see stunning views of Ho Chi Minh City’s skyline.

For the first time, the HCMC SKYRUN is introducing the “Fun Climb” category to allow family and friends to experience a vertical run atmosphere in a more relaxed way. Runners will be climbing from the ground floor to the 21st floor.

“We believe that sport should be for everyone. Whatever your ability, the Fun Climb will allow more runners to participate with their friends and family members. We are looking forward enthusiastically to seeing these runners on Race Day and playing their part in spreading positive energy.” says David Shin of event organisers Sporting Republic.

To reassure the participants, the organisers pointed out that whatever the race category might be, there is no time limit; people can decide to climb at their own pace.

Runners will be flagged off in waves of between 10 to 15 people, commencing in the afternoon and expected to finish by early evening with men, women and children 12 and above of all fitness levels encouraged to enter in what expects to be a fun and energetic event.