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Giovanni Potenza, 78, is the oldest participant in the SkyRun on November 12, 2022.

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78-year-old Italian breaks record in Dubai SkyRun 2022

A 78-year-old Italian man has broken his own record in the recent Dubai Holding SkyRun after completing the race up the stairs of Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

Giovanni Potenza was the oldest participant in the SkyRun, which featured hundreds of runners of all ages from 40 countries.

Potenza completed the race on Saturday (November 12) four times consecutively, setting another record in the race’s history and breaking his own record.

He completed the course three times in 2019. On Saturday, Giovanni completed his first lap in 13 minutes and 49 seconds, his second lap in 15 minutes and 1 second, his third lap in 15 minutes and 56 seconds, and his last lap in 15 minutes and 55 seconds, finishing four laps of the course in 60 minutes and 1 second.

The Dubai SkyRun on November 12, 2022.

the Dubai SkyRun on November 12, 2022.


“I really enjoyed the race today. In my mind, I was ready to climb the 52 floors of Jumeirah Emirates Towers four times in a row. What is most important in a challenge like this is your mental state – you have to tell yourself, ‘I can do this,’” Potenza.

Where does he get the energy to complete the feat? “I was ready to climb 208 flights because I have been training for 250. What really matters is what you eat, training every day and resting. You have to rest hard and rest well,” he said.

Potenza promised he will “do even better” next year.

A new course record was set by both the fastest female and male elite runners who were crowned world champions in the first ISF Stairclimbing World Championships.

In the female elite category, Yuri Yoshizumi of Japan covered 52 floors of the iconic Jumeirah Emirates Towers in 8 minutes 14 seconds, while the fastest elite male runner, Soh Wai Ching of Malaysia, finished in 6 minutes and 52 seconds.

The winning team, First Collection Team B tackled the 1,334 steps in only 17 minutes and 14 seconds. The winners were presented with trophies and cash prizes from Dubai Holding. ICA/Expat Media


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