By Sam Bridge
Dubai Holding SkyRun 2019 - a race up 52 floors of the iconic Jumeirah Emirates Towers - takes place on Friday
The Dubai Holding SkyRun 2019 - a vertical race up the 52 floors comprising 1,334 steps of the iconic Jumeirah Emirates Towers - is set to witness record participation when it takes place on Friday.
More than 450 registered runners have so far entered while registration is still ongoing. These runners represent 43 nationalities and include an unprecedented over 100 female participants and 18 international elite runners, according to current data.
This year’s edition will also have 27 teams competing, the highest number in the race’s history.
The return of Dubai’s official vertical race is set to become a major highlight of the ongoing Dubai Fitness Challenge, the campaign marking the city’s most anticipated month of fitness.
The 16th edition of the charitable race will be held on Friday at Jumeirah Emirates Towers (JET), in partnership with Dubai Sports Council (DSC), International SkyRunning Federation, Vertical World Circuit, Jumeirah Group and Talise Fitness. Registration is open until midnight on Thursday.
The oldest runner confirmed to date is 77 years old and the youngest is 16 years old. To ensure runner safety, the race will be organised in batches, similar to previous editions. The first race will start at 7am, followed by the second batch of runners at 8am.
As part of the Vertical World Circuit, Dubai Holding SkyRun shares the stage with the prestigious vertical runs in some of the world’s most popular cities such as New York, London, Paris, Milan, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Osaka and Hong Kong.
Marino Giacometti, president of International SkyRunning Federation, said: “We are pleased to be bringing the vertical world circuit back to Dubai and looking forward to working with Dubai Holding and Jumeirah Group this year and into the future.
“As we saw some very strong performances in Shanghai last Sunday, we are excited to see if new records will be set at the Dubai Holding SkyRun just five days later.”
Piotr Lobodzinski, champion of Vertical World Circuit, said: “I am very happy to come back to Dubai for racing in Dubai Holding SkyRun. It will be my 3rd time running up in Jumeriah Emirates Towers, after 2016 and 2017 when I set present course record of 7:09. My shape is good so I hope to run sub 7-min barrier.”For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.