International Elite Runners Reclaim Top Spot In Philippine Leg Of 2018 Vertical World Circuit Held At Kerry Sports Manila In Shangri-La At The Fort

From left to right: John Rice (General Manager of Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila), Piotr Łobodziński (2018 Elite Male Winner), Suzy Walsham (2018 Elite Female Winner), Sandro L. Villaraza (First Vice President and Head, CLC Marketing and Business Development Division, EastWest Bank)

Manila, 8 July 2018 – Piotr Łobodziński from Poland, and Suzy Walsham from Australia, conquered the 3rd Annual Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run 2018 with EastWest Bank which took place at Shangri-La at the Fort on 8 July 2018—making this the third year in a row where Łobodziński and Walsham have placed first in the male and female elite runner category respectively. Łobodziński reached the top of the 250-meter tall building in 6 minutes and 56 seconds while Walsham covered the 59 floors in 8 minutes and 13 seconds.

The line up of Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run 2018 with EastWest Bank Elite Runners

Ryoji Watanabe from Japan, placed 2nd in the male elite runner category with a time of 7 minutes and 9 seconds, followed by Wai Ching Soh from Malaysia, who placed 3rd after 7 minutes and 23 seconds.

For the female elite runner category, 2nd place went to Alice McNamara from Australia, reaching the top floor in 8 minutes and 44 seconds with Yuko Tateishi from Japan, following in 3rd with a time of 9 minutes and 15 seconds.

Other categories included the full challenge category for individual runners that ran up all 59 floors; a team challenge category for groups of four members racing up 59 floors; a Horizon Challenge which is a midway category where runners ran up 37 floors of the building and a fun climb category where beginners ran up 20 floors.

From left to right: Dave Junker (Resident Manager of Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila), Andrico Mahilum (2018 Fastest Filipino Male Runner), Rosalyn Russell (2018 Fastest Filipino Female Runner) Michael Montes (Director of Kerry Sports Manila)

The following are the fastest Filipino male and female runners as well as the runners who took the top spots in the Team and Individual Challenge:

• Fastest Filipino Male Runner

  • o Andrico Mahilum, 7 minutes and 57 seconds

• Fastest Filipino Female Runner

  • o Rosalyn Russell, 9 minutes and 30 seconds

• Team Challenge

  • o Team Kumag, 11 minutes and 45 seconds  Edmund Cura  John Eruel Oquino  Nephil Parel  Mary Grace Calicdan
  • o Team Meow Meow, 12 minutes and 7 seconds  Jayson Ang  Cassandra Salandanan  Nick Chee  Jian Bautista
  • o Team Paratri, 13 minutes and 58 seconds  Ferdi Miras  Mike Miras  Thumbie Remigio  Raven Archer Chan

• Full Challenge, Male, 18 to 29 years old

  • o Jess Belonio, 8 minutes and 35 seconds
  • o Welfred Esporma, 8 minutes and 50 seconds
  • o Don Antonio Marcelo Santillan, 10 minutes and 4 seconds

• Full Challenge, Male, 30 to 39 years old

  • o Edmund Cura, 9 minutes and 53 seconds
  • o Charles Or, 9 minutes and 56 seconds
  • o Evan Fox, 10 minutes and 9 seconds

• Full Challenge, Male, 40 to 49 years old

  • o Daniel Witschard, 9 minutes and 54 seconds
  • o Rodelio Gadapan, 10 minutes and 40 seconds
  • o Todd Anderson, 10 minutes and 56 seconds

• Full Challenge, Male, 50 years old and up

  • o Michael Johnson, 10 minutes and 15 seconds
  • o Graciano Santos, 10 minutes and 59 seconds
  • o Paul Bovi, 11 minutes and 8 seconds
Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run 2018 with EastWest Bank participants

Beginning in the hotel’s lobby, over 600 participants ran in waves of 12 to 15 runners, with each wave running in intervals of 3 minutes. They ascended 1,353 steps to the penthouse level. Runners that participate in the Elite category gain points in each country included in the Vertical World Circuit based on their ranking. These points are collated to determine the Vertical World Circuit World Campion.

The Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run 2018 with EastWest Bank was organized by Shangri-La at the Fort, Vertical World Circuit, and the International Skyrunning Federation; Sponsored by De Los Santos Medical Center, Life Fitness, Matrix with Media Partners: Active Pinas, ESPN5,, SPIN.PH and

Kerry Sports Manila: Find Your Space
Kerry Sports is one of Manila’s most comprehensive indoor lifestyle and leisure clubs. With an expanse of over 8,000 square meters and two dedicated floors of fitness facilities, Kerry Sports Manila is a one-stop fitness, lifestyle and recreation destination. It features an NBA-grade indoor basketball court, two tennis courts, two squash courts, an outdoor lap pool with an entertainment and dining area, extensive gym facilities with state-ofthe-art fitness equipment; exercise studios for yoga, Pilates, dance, spinning, kickboxing and mixed martial arts; Spa at Kerry Sports Manila, a wellness spa with eight treatment rooms; and Adventure Zone for kids. After a workout, members can cool down at the Upper Deck or opt for healthy fare at Kerry Sprouts.

EastWest Bank: Your Dream, Our Focus
EastWest Bank is a universal bank duly licensed and regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and a subsidiary of the Filinvest Development Corporation (FDC), one of the country`s premier conglomerates, with business in real estate, sugar, hospitality, and power industries. With 479 stores all over the country, including its rural branches, it is one of the country’s fastest-growing banks offering a wide range of financial products and services. As the Philippines’ most consumer-focused bank, its primary focus lies on Consumer Lending, Retail, and Corporate Middle-market Banking. For more information, please visit

Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila: Where the City Comes Alive
Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila is a landmark, mixed-use lifestyle development in the heart of Bonifacio Global City (BGC), an emerging contemporary lifestyle district at the center of Metro Manila and one of the fastest growing urban developments in Asia. The complex features six key components: a 576-key Shangri-La Hotel; 97 Shangri-La Residences; 98 privately-owned Horizon Homes; Kerry Sports Manila, the city’s largest indoor lifestyle and leisure club; a retail arcade with trendy shops and international brands; and One Bonifacio Park an open-air event space and park. Within easy reach are the international and domestic airports, international schools, embassies, a world-class medical facility, the Manila Golf Club and the Manila Polo Club.

True to its brand name, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila operates on a simple yet powerful philosophy of Shangri-La hospitality from warm, caring people. With its lifestyle hubs that reshape living, dining and shopping experiences, it is indeed a dynamic destination for contemporary lifestyle and accessible luxury and a prime example of BGC’s motto – A Home of Passionate Minds.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 100 hotels with a room inventory of over 41,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, Bahrain, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. For more information, please visit

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