The XVI Ascent to the Gran Hotel Bali in Benidorm closes enrollment record with 500 athletes
The next 15th of June will be held in Benidorm, from 17.00, the sixteenth edition of the Vertical Rise to the Grand Hotel Bali which, for the fifth year in a row, has been framed in the world circuit of the Tower Running World Association of vertical careers, in which several of the most important buildings on the planet are climbed, such as the Empire Estate in New York, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Taipei 101 in Taiwan and others located in Asia, Canada, Austria, Germany, Poland, Australia, England, Switzerland, Mexico or Brazil.
The Councilor for Sports, Arturo Cabrillo, said that this test involves overcoming "a challenge of 52 floors, 924 steps and 190 meters of height" for all registered, among which, he stressed, is the Australian athlete for the first time Suzy Walsham, world champion and number one in the world ranking.
Cabrillo, who presented the event to the media together with the hotel's general manager, Jerónimo Llinares and the sport's technical director of the event, Miquel Tortosa, pointed out that, in addition to the usual Elite and Open categories, this year will be established "As a novelty" a special prize "for the firemen who make the climb equipped with their full intervention suit that reaches an additional weight of approximately 30 kilos".
For his part, Miquel Tortosa announced that the 500 registered athletes have already been reached "beating this year the record in participation" that had been raised for the competition. It has also indicated that a classification has been enabled for 'fully equipped firefighters' that raised so much expectation last year, and that they will compete after making it the 'elite' category and before the 'open'. Finally, Tortosa highlighted "the international nature of the event in which you can see the ten best athletes in the world ranking, and elite athletes from Colombia, Mexico, China, Poland, Germany or Italy."
In addition to the traditional gifts of sponsors and collaborators, more than 3,000 euros have been established in cash prizes and a bonus in the event that the race records are broken, established in the men's category by Christian Riedl, who stopped the clock in 4 '20' ', and in females by Wafiya Benali, who went up in 5' 43 ''.