The Swissôtel Vertical Marathon
The Swissôtel Vertical Marathon is the 8th leg out of 9 vertical races in the 2012 Vertical World Circuit. The other cities include New York, London, Basel, Berlin, Taipei, Milan, Ho Chi Minh City and Brazil.
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Great race experience, rewarding view
I took part in this year's Swissotel Vertical Marathon in the Womens' under-20 category. We were flagged off in group of 6 or less in one-minute intervals to prevent the stairwell from becoming too congested. As I reported rather late, I was in the last group of four to be flagged off.
The stairwell was spacious and that gave me space to overtake some of the runners who were previously flagged off. The stairwell was air-conditioned, which made it nice to race in; for the National Vertical Marathon which took place in the adjacent building, the stairwell was not air-conditioned which resulted in the stairwell being warm and stuff after the first few stories.
There were volunteers stationed on some of the floors to cheer us participants on, which gave me a boost in morale and encouraged me to push on. Of course, their presence alone made me want to start running again - with my big ego, I simply cannot be caught walking.
After finishing the race on the roof of Swissotel 73 stories in the air, the volunteers gave me my finisher's medal and water. I stayed at the top for about 5 minutes to admire the view - from the top, you could nearly see the whole of Singapore.
We were escorted to a lower floor where we took an express lift back down to the ground floor, where I took free Milo from the Milo truck that was parked outside the building. Overall, I felt this was an extremely well-organised race and the prizes were good too!
I really admired people that can complete the vertical marathon. Whenever I saw news of people completing such race and the time that they used to complete the race, I never believed normal people could do this.
I remembered once I was working on the 20th floor of an office building and we had a fire drill. So we were not able to use the lifts anymore and had to use the stairs. It was such a tortuous experience, but the time I reached the ground floor, my knee cap was aching. I always thought it was easier to go down the stairs than to go up. So if my climb down 20 storeys was so painful, I could not imagine the pain of climbing up more than 70 storeys. Keep it up vertical marathoners, I salute you all.