2020 Vertical World Circuit®

Since 2009 the annual Vertical World Circuit® has been uniting race organisers, creating new events and recruiting and managing elite athletes on some the world’s most iconic skyscrapers.  A ranking system awards world champion titles and an end of season prize purse. The circuit is sanctioned by the International Skyrunning Federation.

The 2020 Vertical World Circuit® features nine races. Check out the full calendar for details of these prestigious races which, due to Covid19, may undergo changes.

Anyone can enter. Why not join more than 100,000 runners in the skyscraper of your choice for a run that’s as exhilarating as the view from the top?

Race up Japan’s tallest tower with the Harukas Skyrun Beyond

With continuing cancellations right across the 2020 Vertical World Circuit®, the world’s premier skyscraper racing tour, the Harukas Skyrun in Osaka, Japan, scheduled for November 15, will go virtual. The Harukas Skyrun Beyond invites skyscraper racers from Japan and around the world to virtually race Japan’s tallest tower, the 300m high Abeno Harukas – five […]

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Communication on VWC 2020 postponements

Dear Vertical Running athletes, organisers and fans, In confirming the 2020 Vertical World Circuit®, some race postponements will be necessary due to the Covid-19 outbreak which is rocking the sports world. Our first concern is for the health and wellbeing of our athletes, volunteers and race officials who have been impacted around the world, and […]

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2020 Vertical World Circuit® announced

The world’s premier skyscraper racing tour is ready to launch the 2020 calendar. This year’s Vertical World Circuit® features nine races and again, a line-up of the best specialists aiming for ranking points together with thousands of amateurs climbing the stairs – for fun, for fitness, for a special cause – and the unique reward […]

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It’s a record for Bourne – Lobodzinski and Walsham are world champions

It was a glorious end to the 2019 Vertical World Circuit® today at the final of the 10-race circuit at the Harukas Skyrun in Osaka, Japan, where Australia’s Mark Bourne crushed the record, but left the VWC world champion title to Poland’s Piotr Lobodzinski. Lobodzinski takes the world title for the sixth time together with […]

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Osaka – the tenth and final race of the 2019 Vertical World Circuit® is upon us

World Champions Suzy Walsham and Piotr Lobodzinski will be going into the tenth and final race of the 2019 Vertical World Circuit® with a strong chance of holding on to their titles. However, with an extra 50% bonus points at stake here, some surprises could be in store. The Harukas Skyrun in Osaka, Japan, will […]

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World champions crush their own records at Dubai Holding SkyRun

World champions triumph at the 2019 Vertical World Circuit® semi-finals by crushing the standing records – their own – at the Dubai Holding SkyRun, October 25, 2019, Dubai, Arab Emirates. Piotr Lobodzinski from Poland and Australian Suzy Walsham both clocked up their third win at the Dubai Holding SkyRun climbing the 1,334 steps and 52 […]

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All eyes on Dubai – the new VWC semi-final

The heat is on and the 2019 Vertical World Circuit® will head for Dubai, Arab Emirates, on Friday, October 25 for the ninth leg of the tour, the circuit’s new semi-final after the cancellation of the Grand Finale in Hong Kong due to the recent social events. Just five days after the Shanghai stop-over, the […]

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Hong Kong Grand Finale cancelled. Osaka last stop on the VWC

In view of recent social events in Hong Kong, the organiser of the 2019 Vertical World Circuit® Grand Finale, the SHKP Vertical Run for Charity – Race to Hong Kong ICC, scheduled for 1 December, has announced the cancellation of the race. The final stop of the VWC will now take place in Osaka, Japan, […]

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Bourne is back. Walsham takes her fifth win in Shanghai

Shanghai opened its doors today to 1,700 skyscraper racers hailing from more than 20 countries to compete in the SHKP Vertical Run for Charity – Race to Shanghai IFC – eighth leg of the 2019 Vertical World Circuit®. First to summit the 1,460 steps up the Two Shanghai International Finance Centre was Australian Mark Bourne […]

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