Vertical marathon lovers challenge city's skyscraper


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Runners compete at the 2018 International Tower Running Grand Prix in Shanghai.

The 2018 International Tower Running Grand Prix attracted more than 600 runners on Sunday at the 270-meter-high Wheelock Plaza in Jing’an District, the highest building in the city's Puxi area.

The vertical marathon lovers including students, retried workers and foreigners working in Shanghai, challenged the 58-floor high rise.

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Runners climb up the 270-meter-high Wheelock Plaza in Jing’an District .

Ou Jiajing, a professional marathon runner from Guangdong Province, won the champion of men's group with a time of 7 minutes and 3 seconds. He is one of the top vertical runners in China and he was ranked as the world 12th last year.

Zhang Huiji, 51, won the women’s champion crown, clocking 8 minutes 43 seconds.

Zhang, from southwest China’s Chongqing, said she started to run in 2003 and now running has been part of her life. Every morning, she takes a run of at least 10 kilometers before going to work.

Though not a professional runner, she has won several champions in local marathon contests. In 2004, she started to participate in vertical running, and in her first competition held in the Oriental Pearl Tower, she won the champion.

Source: SHINE Editor: Chen Xiaoli

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