A New Hot Sport Due to Booming Skyscrapers

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Booming skyscrapers have created a new subculture of runners.

Do you like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator?

You’re not alone.

In fact, there is a whole sport dedicated to climbing the stairs of the tallest buildings on Earth.

The annual race to the top of the Empire State Building in New York City began in 1978, but now the sport has gained momentum in Asia in cities like Singapore, Hong Kong and Taipei.

Asia is home to over half of the 50 tallest buildings in the world thanks to a relatively recent building boom where seven of the world’s ten tallest skyscrapers were built, many of them in the past five years.

Hong Kong alone has over a thousand skyscrapers, more than any other city.

The Wall Street Journal cites an example of Mr. Lam from Hong Kong who's able to run from first floor to his 25th floor apartment in jut 90 seconds.

The sport is not popular enough to be featured on sports news broadcasting, but many people still accept the challenge to race to the top.

What do you think? Would you compete in a stair-climbing race?

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