Dubai Holding SkyRun 2022 Concludes with a New Set of Historic Records in Stairclimbing and New Stairclimbing World Champions

Dubai Holding SkyRun 2022 Concludes with a New Set of Historic Records in Stairclimbing and New Stairclimbing World Champions

  • Dubai Holding’s flagship event of Dubai Fitness Challenge 2022 witnessed the participation of hundreds of runners, including 12 teams, 19 international elite runners and 81 female runners, indicating a 12% female increase over the race’s previous edition in 2019
  • Tackling 52 floors of Jumeirah Emirates Towers, a new course record was set by the fastest male runner, Soh Wai Ching, who completed the course in 6 minutes 52 seconds, winning the first ever ISF Stairclimbing World Championships.
  • The fastest female elite runner and first female Stairclimbing World Champion, Yuri Yoshizumi, finished in 8 minutes 14 seconds, and the fastest team, First Collection Team B, finished in 17 minutes and 14 seconds.
  • 78-year-old Giovanni Potenza completed the course a record 4 consecutive times for the first time in the 17-year history of Dubai Holding SkyRun
  • Runners spanned 40 nationalities and various age groups, ranging from 16 to 78
  • All proceeds donated to Al Jalila Foundation’s Majlis Al Amal cancer wellbeing centre

Dubai Holding, a diversified global investment company with presence in over 13 countries, announces the winners of the 17th edition of Dubai Holding SkyRun, which took place today at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, in partnership with the International Skyrunning Federation, Dubai Sports Council and Al Jalila Foundation. The race was inaugurated by His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council. 

The race witnessed the participation of hundreds of runners, including 12 teams, 19 international elite runners and 81 female runners. The runners hailed from 40 countries and ranged in age from 16 to 78. Participants from corporate entities across Dubai included Dubai Holding, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, Dubai Chamber and Al Tayer Motors.

A new course record was set by both the fastest female and male elite runners who were crowned world champions in the first ever 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 1334 steps in only 17 minutes and 14 seconds. The winners were presented with trophies and cash prizes from Dubai Holding.

Giovanni Potenza of Italy, 78 years old and oldest participant, completed the race an incredible 4 times consecutively, setting another record in the race’s history and breaking his own record – he completed the course 3 times in 2019. Today, 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.

Commenting on the occasion, Huda Buhumaid, Chief Impact Officer, Dubai Holding, said: “Today, we witnessed another successful edition of this long-standing race and as first-ever host to the ISF’s World Stairclimbing Championships. Great results were achieved by both male and female runners, and all participants across the race’s different categories, from every age group and background; they all showed remarkable sportsmanship and eagerness. On behalf of Dubai Holding, I would like to congratulate everyone for an exceptional iteration of this iconic race. Congratulations also to the winners and all those who set new records this time around – achievements such as this inspire us all to push our boundaries and achieve greater success. A special thanks to all our sponsors and partners for being involved, and we look forward to delivering another successful race next year.”

Marino Giacometti, President of the International Skyrunning Federation, said: “It gives us great pleasure to celebrate the successful conclusion of our first ever Stairclimbing World Championships at the Dubai Holding SkyRun 2022.  Many congratulations to Yuri and Soh, our two new world champions and all the participants who travelled from across the world to take part in this important event in the stairclimbing calendar.  We would again like to thank Dubai Holding for hosting this race, and we look forward to the return of the event next year.”

The Dubai Holding SkyRun stands out among the world’s highest skyscraper races and the only official stairclimbing race in Dubai.

The Dubai Holding SkyRun 2022 winners are:


Elite category

Open category

Teams category







Yuri Yoshizumi, 36, Japan, 08:14

Soh Wai Ching, 28, Malaysia, 06:52

Marina Belan, 48, 11:25

Rich Zielinski, 44, 09:35

First Collection, Team B, 17:14


Yuko Tateishi, 36, Japan, 09:01

Ryoji Watanabe, 38, Japan, 06:58

Jacqueline Ratcliffe, 37, 13:02

Manikandan NS, 46, 10:26

First Collection, Team A, 19:13


Airi Sawada, 42, Japan


Fabio Ruga, 41, Italy, 07:12

Federica Ceron, 30, 13:40

Jonathan Wright, 37, 10:34

Jumeirah Al Naseem, 23:00

Soh Wai Ching, World Stairclimbing Champion 2022 said of his success at the event: “I’m so happy to be in Dubai and claim the title of the first ever Stairclimbing World Champion today, with a new record time.  My ambition is to come back for Dubai Fitness Challenge next year and climb the 30 tallest towers in the emirate over 30 days.”

Some of the participants who took part shared their experience at the Dubai Holding SkyRun 2022: 

Giovanni Potenza, the oldest participant at 78 years of age said: “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.’ 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. Next year I will do even better.”

Akash Serra, aged 39 from India, who recently had knee surgery and was participating in the Dubai Holding SkyRun for the first time, said, “I think everyone's got to try this and not be restricted by thinking they can’t do it.  It’s usually in our minds. The most important thing is to break through that barrier and just give it a try.   You’d be surprised what you can do when you just give yourself a chance - just believe in yourself!”

Maria Karavolia, aged 22, from Italy, said: “It was my first time doing this. The experience was great, challenging though. You just want to give up but then you're saying, it's possible, and you do it and it’s an incredible achievement!”

Proceeds from Dubai Holding SkyRun 2022 are donated to Al Jalila Foundation’s Majlis Al Amal, the UAE’s first cancer drop-in centre and the first-of-its-kind community centre dedicated to the wellbeing of female cancer patients and survivors.

Lamya Gabr, Centre Manager at Al Jalila Foundation’s Majlis Al Amal, said: “To have the support of Dubai Holding and all of the SkyRunners is something very special for all of us. Majlis Al Amal is the first community centre of its kind providing a ‘home away from home’ for female cancer patients and survivors. Our mission is to redefine cancer care in the region, and all of our services are offered free of charge thanks to our dedicated volunteers and the generous support of organisations like Dubai Holding and those who took part today. The funds raised by the Dubai Holding SkyRun will really make a difference to those women who depend on our community for support and inspiration as they navigate their cancer journey.”

Dubai Holding SkyRun 2022 was also supported by JClub, Fitbit, and Monviso, Italian natural mineral water.