ONE time, while on my way to an appointment in an uptown building, the elevator got stuck the ninth floor. After a few minutes of banging the door, it finally opened and fearful of another incident, I decided to walk my way to the 10th floor.
Afterwards, I also decided to walk down all the way to the lobby, fearful of yet another cranky elevator. That it was quite taxing for my legs is an understatement. Normal people don’t walk 10 flights of stairs, right?
Well, in a few weeks, there’s going to be a bunch of not so normal people who will not only be walking up thousands of steps but will be actually running.
It’s the Horizons 101 Vertical Run, an event I’ve long added to my bucket list of events in Cebu I want to try. One time, I did try how fast I could run a flight of stairs one evening but multiplying that by an N number of flights won’t get you your average time.
I’ve never been to the building and ever since I heard of this event, I’ve sort of made a vow that the only way I’d see the top floor will be if I join this event. When that would be, I don’t know.
Your speed in the first flight won’t be the same in your 10th flight, unless of course, you are the elite runners who run the stairs at the Cebu City Sports Center for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
“Hey, have you been to the top of Horizons 101?”
“Yep, I ran it in 10 minutes.”
Now, that’s quite a conversation starter, isn’t it?
I think this is just the third edition of the race but I hope this unique event gets maximum participation. I mean, we’ve had all sorts of runs, some I don’t agree with like that beer run a few years back in Lapu-Lapu City but this vertical run is something I can really support.
I think it’s something tourists can sign up for too but I presume organizers will be limiting slots to the event since you can’t have thousands jammed up in one building. After all that partying during the Sinulog week, you can lose a few toxins off with this one.
I wonder, how do you train for an event such as this? Would a normal training for a 10K be enough to develop your leg muscles for this grueling event? Jeez, just imagining walking 10 flights is already mind-boggling for me, how much more running from the first floor all the way to the top of Horizons 101.
If you’re crazy enough for this one, join it. I think this will be memorable.