Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run with East West Bank – A Personal Review

John Rice (General Manager of Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila)

Traveled from Mount Ulap to BGC for a different kind of Sky Race! Two years ago, I was a part of the media crew for Active Pinas. Now that I get to try it, what an experience! Lucky to win 3rd place in my age category. 😇

Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run Age Category Awardee

It was harder than I expected. My heart rate escalated pretty quick from the first 10 floors of stair running. Then I switched to power hiking and grabbing the rails starting at Floor 25. I was able to catch up with the runners from the previous waves. I could see from their faces and their form that I was not the only one having a tough time. I mustered all the strength from my tired legs and kept pushing. Exhaling every step and catching my breath at the flat parts. Some of the runners told us that the route this year was more difficult than the last (I did not know there’s such routes in this thing). I saw a medical crew with a standby stretcher at the halfway point. It wasn’t impossible that someone would collapse due to the lack of oxygen inside the stairwell. As the number on each floor change, it seemed forever to reach the finish line at the Penthouse. I managed to recover in the last 10 floors and was able to run the last few flights to finish at 10 mins and 4 seconds. A bit slow for a newbie stair-climber. Hehe.

Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run 2018 Finisher Certificate

All is well, I enjoyed the challenge and hope more people get to try it next year. There’s a fun challenge of 37 floors and a team of 4 challenge. I’m glad to meet new friends and health enthusiasts through this event.

Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run 2018 Starting Line

Special shoutout to Brooks Running Philippines for providing the shoes for this run- Ghost 9. It felt light, comfy, and springy during the stair-repeats. It’s toebox width is perfert for me. And thanks to Amihan Sports Gear for designing a new version of the Go Lite. The V2 held my race bib nicely and I was able to put my phone in it during the run.

Challenge Done:
Total Floors: 59
Total Steps: 2353
Elevation: 250m


First of all, sobrang pasasalamat sa Active Pinas family for supporting us in this challenge. Thank you and congrats for being the official media partner for Manila Vertical Run for 3 consecutive years!

Second, congratulations to all the finishers of the Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run 2018! Ya’ll conquered the challenge with extreme willpower and with heart-pounding effort! It was a short but very taxing workout. Kudos to each challenger and teams, may your quads recover from the rad burn.

Third, thank you once again Kerry Sports Manila for hosting yet another word class event: Manila Vertical Run 2018 with EastWest Bank. You’re the best! We had a wonderful time. May you continue to inspire more people to live the healthy lifestyle.

Here’s what will you expect.

For those na gusto i-try ito next year, go and register for the next edition! It’s a must-try experience for any type of athlete. Mahirap at masaya ito na laro! I will definitely train for next year. Hope to see you guys in Manila Vertical Run 2019 or should I say, see you at the top!!!

Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run 2018 - Finish Line

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