Have you ever wanted to climb 33 storeys high? Do you think you have what it takes to reach the top? The National Vertical Marathon is definitely for you!

National Vertical Marathon (NVM) is an annual national sporting event that sees its participants scale the great heights of a skyscraper by racing up flights of stairs. It is the brainchild of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Sports Club, a well-established, non-profit constituent club run entirely by students.

After their 2 years hiatus in 2020 and 2021, NVM 2023 is set to take place on 4 June 2023, Sunday, 7.00am to 5.30pm, at Guoco Tower, where participants of all ages scale the building to level 33 (150m) to enjoy a scenic view of the CBD. Their normal registration opens from 7 May to 27 May 2023. This year’s NVM will have a range of fringe activities, from sports to the arts and crafts, to ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy and take away. With “Snake and Stairs” as our theme, they hope to transport the participants back in time while also creating new memories that they will cherish for years to come.

Event Information

Date: 4 June 2023
Time: 0700 to 1730
 Guoco Tower, 1 Wallich St, Singapore 078881
Height: 33 levels / 150m


The Guoco Tower

Located in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District, Guoco Tower is the tallest building in Singapore. The 290m-tall tower is a vertical city that rises directly above Tanjong Pagar MRT station, comprising Grade A offices, luxury residences, retail spaces, a hotel and an expansive urban park.

Guoco Tower’s state-of-the-art facilities and central location make it an ideal venue for hosting the event, offering a unique and challenging experience for those seeking a taste of adventure in the heart of Singapore.

Race Categories


  1. MEN’S & WOMEN’S OPEN – The Men’s and Women’s Open categories are for runners aged 16 and above who are looking to push themselves to the limit. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a first-time competitor, the Men’s and Women’s Open offer a challenging and exhilarating experience.
  2. VETERANS’ OPEN – Designed for runners aged 45 and above, the Veterans’ Open offers a chance to showcase your endurance and experience. Join fellow seasoned runners and compete for a chance to prove that age is just a number.
  3. YOUTHS’ OPEN – The Youths’ Open category is for runners aged 16 to 24 who are ready to push their limits. Whether you’re a competitive runner or just looking for a new challenge, this category offers a chance to showcase your speed, endurance, and determination.
  4. JUNIOR CLIMBERS – The Junior Climbers category is for young runners aged 10 to 15 who are ready to take on the challenge. With a focus on youth fitness and endurance, Junior Climbers can test their limits and build their skills in a supportive and exciting environment.


  1. TEAMS’ OPEN – The Teams’ Open is for teams of four or five runners, with a minimum of two female runners, aged 16 and above. The Teams’ Open allows runners to compete alongside their friends or colleagues and push each other to reach the top of the vertical marathon course. With a focus on teamwork and camaraderie, this category offers a unique and exciting challenge for groups of runners of all levels.
  2. DUO CHALLENGE – The Duo Challenge is a category for teams of two runners, aged 16 and above, who are ready to tackle the vertical marathon together. Whether you’re competing for fun or aiming for the top spot, this category offers a chance to test your teamwork and endurance as you make your way up the challenging course. Join other duos and see how fast you can make the climb.
  3. YOUTH CHALLENGE – The Youth Challenge is a category for teams of four or five runners, with a minimum of two female runners, aged 16 to 24. This category provides a unique opportunity for youths to test their fitness and endurance in a challenging and exciting environment. This category is open to Pre-U and Uni students with separate pricing.
  4. FAMILY FUN RUN – The Family Fun Run is a category for families to participate in the climb together. This category requires a team of three, four or five runners who are all family members, with at least one child aged 10 to 18, and between 1 to 2 adults aged 19 and above. The Family Fun Run is a great way for families to bond and work together, while also promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.


  1. RELAY CHALLENGE – The Relay Challenge is a category for teams of three runners, with a minimum of one female runner, aged 16 and above who will work together to reach the top of the vertical marathon course. Each runner will be stationed on a different level of the building, and they will pass the baton to their teammate before making their way up to the next level. This category encourages runners to showcase their endurance, agility, and teamwork skills, making it an exhilarating and competitive event for participants. There will be prizes for the Fastest Corporate and Fastest Public Teams.


Every participant will receive a race pack containing an Event T-shirt and a Finisher Medal upon completion!

A chance to win prizes

The National Vertical Marathon is also giving the Top 3 placing participants a chance to walk away with prizes and top-placing medals!

Our Prizes include hampers such as the following for all categories:

1st place – hamper worth up to S$500
2nd place – hamper worth up to S$350
3rd place – hamper worth up to S$250

To register and find out more, click here!


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