By Sam Bridge
A new course record was set by Piotr Lobodzinski as he conquered 52 floors of the iconic Jumeirah Emirates Towers in less than seven minutes
A new course record was set by Piotr Lobodzinski of Poland in the Dubai Holding SkyRun 2019, conquering 52 floors of the iconic Jumeirah Emirates Towers in 6 minutes and 55 seconds.
The run was an improvement of 14 seconds from his time in the last edition of the race while Australian Suzanne Walsham recorded 8 minutes and 3 seconds, an improvement of 13 seconds from her time, to be first woman to the top.
A record 500 runners the race which took place during Dubai Fitness Challenge, the campaign marking the city’s most anticipated month of fitness.
Covering 1,334 steps of Jumeirah Emirates Towers, the 2019 edition of Dubai Holding SkyRun ranks as the world’s 5th highest skyscraper race and the only official vertical race in the Middle East.
Dubai Holding announced the winners of its charitable race, which took place Friday in partnership with Dubai Sports Council (DSC), International SkyRunning Federation, Vertical World Circuit, Jumeirah Group and Talise Fitness.
Amit Kaushal, group CEO at Dubai Holding said: “We are proud to witness the most successful edition of this long standing race in terms of results achieved by the runners, the number of participants; male, female, locally and internationally, the results put Dubai on the global map of such races.”
Marino Giacometti, president, International Skyrunning Federation, added: “We’d like to thank Dubai Holding for the excellent organisation and look forward to having the race on the 2020 Vertical World Circuit calendar, the only stop-over in the Middle East - half way between our Asian and European events.”
Lobodzinski, three-time Dubai Holding SkyRun champion, said: “I’m really happy to win today’s race with a new record time. I controlled the race, but I also had to push hard and was exhausted on the finish line. It’s a very well-organized race, and I hope to be back again next year.”
Walsham added: “I found the last twenty floors really tough, but I had a bit of lead by that stage, so it was more about maintaining my rhythm, staying strong, focused and climbing as fast as I could to the top. This is a fantastic event, and in Dubai, there is a big sporting culture so it’s a great place for this well-organized race.”