May 5, 2013
Australian Mark Bourne took the win in the men’s Taipei 101 International Run Up this morning ahead of Piotr Lobodzinski of Poland and Christian Riedl of Germany.
Winning the event is Bourne’s second victory on the 2013 Vertical World Circuit, after winning the prestigious Empire State Building Run-Up in New York City earlier this year. The 29-year old Australian scaled the 2,046 steps from the lobby to the outdoor observation deck in a time of 10 minutes and 52 seconds, taking home the winning prize purse of NT$200,000.
In the women’s race, Italy’s Valentina Belotti climbed to her first win of the year, finishing in 12 minutes and 54 seconds, beating Antonella Confortola, also from Italy by 1 minute and 15 seconds. New Zealand’s Melissa Moon finished third with a time of 14 minutes and 11 seconds.
Belotti’s time was her personal best for the event as she also claimed the winning prize purse of NT$200,000.
Celebrating its ninth anniversary, the Taipei 101 International Run Up hosted more than 4,000 participants from more than 20 countries around the world.
Much anticipation is mounting for the next VWC race – the first ever tower race in Beijing. The China World Summit Wing Hotel Vertical Run will open it’s doors to the world’s top runners and welcome the city’s first-time runners in a spectacular new event on August 3.
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VWC Ranking (TBC)
1. Mark Bourne – AUS – 10 minutes 52 seconds
2. Piotr Lobodzinski – POL – 11 minutes 12 seconds
3. Christian Riedl – GER – 11 minutes 50 seconds
1. Valentina Belotti – ITA – 12 minutes 54 seconds
2. Antonella Confortola – ITA – 14 minutes 09 seconds
3. Melissa Moon – NZL – 14 minutes 11 seconds