A five-star hotel announced Wednesday that it will hold a stair-climbing race on Nov. 19, offering winners a night in its presidential suite worth NT$60,000 (US$1,920).
Tseng Ching-tsan (???), general manager of the Nice Prince Hotel in Chiayi, and Su Yao-hsing (???), head of the Chiayi City Government's Fire Bureau, held a news conference to announce the event.
Tseng said that to encourage the public to climb stairs instead of taking elevators, it first sponsored the stair-climbing race last year.
More than 800 people took part in the inaugural race in 2015, running up 397 steps to the 18th floor, making it moderate in difficulty in comparison with the more famous Taipei 101 Run Up race.
The Taipei 101 race requires participants to scale 91 floors, or a total of 2,046 steps, and a vertical height of 390 meters making it one of the world's most difficult climbing challenges.
Tseng said that this year, there will be men's, women's as well as firefighter groups.
Top winners in each group will receive a free night in a presidential suite worth NT$60,000, while the second-place competitors will get a VIP suite worth MT$18,000, and the third-place racers can stay in a luxurious suite worth NT$8,000 per day.
In addition, the Karuizawa Prince Hotel will also offer a one-night accommodation coupon for participants. All those who complete the registration process will be able to take part in the lucky draw.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel