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Dubai Holding, a diversified global investment company with presence in over 13 countries, announces the winners of the 17th edition of Dubai Holding SkyRun, which took place today at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. It takes place in partnership with the International Skyrunning Federation, Dubai Sports Council and Al Jalila Foundation. The race was inaugurated by Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council.
The race witnessed the participation of hundreds of runners, including 12 teams, 19 international elite runners and 81 female runners. The runners hailed from 40 countries and ranged in age from 16 to 78. Participants from corporate entities across Dubai included Dubai Holding, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, Dubai Chamber and Al Tayer Motors.
A new course record was set by both the fastest female and male elite runners who were crowned world champions in the first ever ISF Stairclimbing World Championships. In the female elite category, Yuri Yoshizumi of Japan, covered 52 floors of the iconic Jumeirah Emirates Towers in 8 minutes 14 seconds, while the fastest elite male runner, Soh Wai Ching of Malaysia, finished in 6 minutes and 52 seconds. The winning team, First Collection Team B tackled the 1334 steps in only 17 minutes and 14 seconds. The winners were presented with trophies and cash prizes from Dubai Holding.
Giovanni Potenza of Italy, 78 years old and oldest participant, completed the race an incredible 4 times consecutively, setting another record in the race’s history and breaking his own record – he completed the course 3 times in 2019. Today, Giovanni completed his first lap in 13 minutes and 49 seconds, his second lap in 15 minutes and 1 second, his third lap in 15 minutes and 56 seconds, and his last lap in 15 minutes and 55 seconds, finishing four laps of the course in 60 minutes and 1 second.
Commenting on the occasion, Huda Buhumaid, chief impact officer, Dubai Holding, said: “Today, we witnessed another successful edition of this long-standing race and as first-ever host to the ISF’s World Stairclimbing Championships. Great results were achieved by both male and female runners, and all participants across the race’s different categories, from every age group and background; they all showed remarkable sportsmanship and eagerness. On behalf of Dubai Holding, I would like to congratulate everyone for an exceptional iteration of this iconic race. Congratulations also to the winners and all those who set new records this time around – achievements such as this inspire us all to push our boundaries and achieve greater success. A special thanks to all our sponsors and partners for being involved, and we look forward to delivering another successful race next year.”
Marino Giacometti, president of the International Skyrunning Federation, said: “It gives us great pleasure to celebrate the successful conclusion of our first ever Stairclimbing World Championships at the Dubai Holding SkyRun 2022. Many congratulations to Yuri and Soh, our two new world champions and all the participants who travelled from across the world to take part in this important event in the stairclimbing calendar. We would again like to thank Dubai Holding for hosting this race, and we look forward to the return of the event next year.”
The Dubai Holding SkyRun stands out among the world’s highest skyscraper races and the only official stairclimbing race in Dubai. Soh Wai Ching, world stairclimbing champion 2022 said of his success at the event: “I’m so happy to be in Dubai and claim the title of the first ever Stairclimbing World Champion today, with a new record time. My ambition is to come back for Dubai Fitness Challenge next year and climb the 30 tallest towers in the emirate over 30 days.”
Giovanni Potenza, the oldest participant at 78 years of age said: “I really enjoyed the race today. In my mind, I was ready to climb the 52 floors of Jumeirah Emirates Towers four times in a row. What is most important in a challenge like this is your mental state – you have to tell yourself, ‘I can do this.’ I was ready to climb 208 flights because I have been training for 250. What really matters is what you eat, training every day and resting. You have to rest hard and rest well. Next year I will do even better.”
Proceeds from Dubai Holding SkyRun 2022 are donated to Al Jalila Foundation’s Majlis Al Amal, the UAE’s first cancer drop-in centre and the first-of-its-kind community centre dedicated to the wellbeing of female cancer patients and survivors.
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