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Qualified race label – Stairclimbing

How to get the label

Harukas SkyRun, Osaka, Japan. © Sporting Republic


Since 2009 the ISF has sanctioned the Vertical World Circuit®, uniting organisers, creating new events and recruiting and managing elite athletes on some of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers, see

All stair climbing races can benefit by receiving the ISF “Qualified Race Label ” if the race parameters conform to the ISF standards.

Stairclimbing” is defined in the ISF Rules (2.3.3) as, ”Vertical races with an incline over 45% on stairs indoors or outdoors. The minimum vertical climb is 100m…”

Main factors taken into account

  • International field and international level organization
  • Benefits for top ranked athletes
  • Have had at least two editions
  • English language version on the website

Qualified Race Label benefits

  • Receive the Qualified Race label for the website
  • Inclusion in the official Qualified Races (QR) list
  • Faculty to bid for the Vertical World Circuit®

Qualified Race Label costs

  • € 100 flat fee for evaluation and first year
  • Subsequently, €100 annual fee to maintain the status and benefits for a minimum three-year period

To have your race recognised as a Qualified Race (QR) and receive the QR Label, please fill in the online form here.

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