What exactly is Tower Running?

In short, it is a sport of climbing stairs competitively in tall buildings. As a sports, tower runs have been around since the early part of the 20th century and are now gaining popularity. In Malaysia, this popularity is greatly boosted by the outstanding performance of our own athlete, Mr Soh Wai Ching, who has become the world’s number 1 Tower Runner after taking up the sport seriously in the last few years. Together with other passionate athletes, he has founded the Malaysia Tower Running Association (MTA) to promote the sports of tower running in Malaysia.

Tower-running races take place in some of the world’s most iconic buildings, such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Empire State Building in New York. In Malaysia, Tower runs have been organized in the past in KL Tower, and the Komtar Tower in Penang. This year, guided by MTA, a professionally organized world class Tower Run will be organized at The TOP Penang Theme Park, Komtar Penang on the 19th November 2022 by established event organizer, Endurance Nature Sdn Bhd.

Construction of The TOP Komtar tower started in 1974, and was completed 12 years later in 1986. Runners will scale a total height of 249m after climbing 68 floors in 1,381 steps. The other interesting facts about the run are as follow:

   Height: 249m
   Elevation Climb: 249m
   Number of floors: 68
   Number of steps: 1,381 steps
   Number of steps per flight: 20 (21 at 9th floor)
   Step height: 15.8 – 17.8 cm
   Step depth: 28cm
   Step width: 138cm
   Height of the handrail: 88cm
   Direction of the staircase: Anti-clockwise

Running or walking up stairs is a high-intensity workout. It is a great way to increase cardiorespiratory performance, improve lower-body strength and endurance, and build mental persistence. In studies, stair climbing has also been associated with improvements in metabolism, dynamic balance, resting heart rate, daily energy and cognition. In other adults, stair climbing is even linked to a reduced risk of falls, cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality.

Event Information

Race Date: Sat 8th Jan 2023
Race Stime: 7am – 11:00am
Race Venue: The Top Penang, Theme Park Penang
                        1, Jln Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang

You will be requested to supply the following information :

  • Best time for 5km ? We will determine if you qualify for Elite start.
  • Competitively ? If yes, you will be scheduled to start after the elites. If not, you'll start after the "competitive group".

The Tower Run Proceedings

  1. There are two categories of Tower Runners :
    Men Open and Women Open

  2. Within each of these categories, there are three groups of runners:
    Elite, Competitive and Non-Competitive

  3. Qualification as An Elite
    Below are the different tiers of elite qualification criteria:
    Tier 1 – Tower running World Association Ranking
    Tier 2 – Top 10 in Latest Malaysia Tower running Races (Sibu Tower Run 2020 to Exchange 106 Run to the Sky 2019 to Yayasan TM International Tower Run 2019 to The Top Penang International Tower Run 2019)

    Tier 3 – 5k (from 2019) Men < 20:00 Women <25:00
    Tier 4 – 10k (from 2019) Men <42:30 Women <52:30
    Tier 5 – HM (from 2019) Men <1:30:00 Women <2:00:00
    Tier 6 - FM (from 2019) Men <3:30:00 Women <4:30:00

  4. COMPETITIVE Runner- Want to finish fast and strong.
    The system will schedule you in the front.

  5. NON-COMPETITIVE Runner - Aim to finish only.
    The system will schedule you after the competitive category.

    All of the above are eligible to win in either the Men Open or Women Open categories.

  6. Flagoff Arrangement
    • Flag off sequence:
      Men Elite --> Women Elite --> Men Comp-Women Comp --> Men Not Comp-Women Not Comp
    • 1 runner will be released at every 5s interval
    • Flag off duration per group: 30 minutes (depends on number of participants in each group)
    • Interval time between each group: 3 minutes
    • After finishing the Tower Run at the TOP, runners will be given the light breakfast, and guided to the stairs coming down to which floor.

  7. There will be first aid for every 5 floors.

  8. There will be a marshal with dry cloth at every 3 floors from 10th floor onwards

  9. There will be water station every 15th floor

  10. Emergency Exit: Lift from 68th down to 65th, change from 65th to 6th floor

  11. Timing Mat Location:
    START- On the ground floor before the first step at the stair entrance to the TOP
    FINISH - End at the end of the staircase at 68th floor

Event Schedule




  Arrival and checking in of Tower runners


  Start of Tower Run – flag off by The TOP Senior Management


  Prize Presentation (speeches by VIP)


  Arrival of last runner


  End of Tower Run


Registration Fees

Besides Tower Run itself, there will be 1 add on.


 Tower Run

Run/Skywalk Combo

 Early Bird

RM63 RM98


RM70 RM105

  • Early Bird Period : until 10th Oct 2022
  • Standard : 11th Oct – 31st Dec 2022
  • Close of Registration : 31st Dec 2022

** Fee excluding 6% administration charges

Runner's Entitlements




 Running Tee or singlets

 Personalized bibs

 Timing chips

 Prizes – Top 5 Finishers (Men & Women)

 Finisher Medal

 E Certificate with timing

 Certificate without timing

 Goodies bag

 Light breakfast

 One day complimentary personal accident insurance

Race Entry Pack Collection (REPC)

Date: Sat 7th Jan 2023
Time: 2:00am – 9:00pm
Venue: Level 2 @ The TOP Penang Theme Park, 1 Jalan Penang, Georgetown, 10000 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang

** Please note that Race Pack will not be issued on the event day.

Required documents for collection:

  • NRIC to be presented during collection (for verification purposes).
  • List of the participants and their NRIC Numbers, and the NRIC of the person collecting on behalf (for bulk / group collections*).

For bulk / group collection for five runners and above, group leaders will need to email the list of runners to seowkong.ng@endurancenature.com.my by 10 Nov 2022

Event T-Shirt and Size Measurement Chart



Runners who have completed the Tower Run will be able to download their certificates from www.runnersunite.com.my once the official results have been posted.

Additional Information

  1. Breakfast
    A light breakfast will be served to all participants when they finish the Tower Run at the top of The TOP.

  2. Timing Chip
    A timing chip attached to the bib will be included in the race entry pack for all runners

  3. Drink Stations
    There will be three drink stations along the route up to the top of the tower route.

  4. Insurance One-Day Complimentary PA for all registered runners on 19th Nov 2022. (Subject to terms and conditions)



     Death due to Accident


     Permanent Disablement due to Accidental Bodily Injury

    RM 5,000.00

  5. Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/toptowerrun

Rules and Regulations

  1. The TOP Tower Run is open to the general public who are 15 years and above, including international runners with valid passport. Age qualification is taken as at Sun 19th Nov 2022.

  2. Race entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable under any circumstances.

  3. Change of details will not be allowed after race entry has been confirmed.

  4. The Organizers reserve the right to limit, accept or reject any entries without prior notice and reasons.

  5. The Organizers reserve the right to close the entries before the announced deadline without any notice or when the quota for the allocated slots have been fully taken up.

  6. Bib transfer is strictly prohibited. Those who are found to have run the race using bibs of other runners will be disqualified and the Organizers reserve the right to ban these runners from The TOP Tower Run in future.

  7. Participant must display his/her bibs in front of his/her bodies at all times. Failure to do so may result in disqualification from the race.

  8. The Organizers reserve the right to prevent/stop a Participant from racing or continuing to race should he/she fail to follow the rules and regulation of the race.

  9. Change in sizes during the race entry pack collection is strictly not allowed. Participant must adhere to the race event tee shirt sizes that he/she has registered for.

  10. Participant must follow marshals’ instruction and run on the designated route, failing which he/she will be disqualified from the race.

  11. Whilst the organizers will take every possible steps and measures to ensure the safety of the Participant, the Participant is taking part at his/her entire own risks and the Organizers, their sponsors, their appointed officials and volunteers shall not be liable for any death or injury, loss or damage, suffered or otherwise and however arising.

  12. The Organizers reserve the right to stop any Participants from continuing with the race if the participants are deemed to be physically incapable of continuing with the race, so as to avoid causing him/her greater harm/injury to himself or herself.

  13. The Organizers reserve the right to change the event date and event venue at their own discretion.

  14. The Organizers reserve the right to use any photographs (including those of Participants), motion pictures, recordings, or any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose, including commercial advertising.

  15. Participants must agree to receive from the organizers from time to time emails, SMS blast. Any notice sent by email from The Organizers or the party assigned by the Organizers to the supplied address on the registration form shall be assumed as received by the Participant.

  16. Age verification- all winners must provide identification card (IC) or passport for age and identity verification at Race Secretariat within 15 minutes after they finish their races.

  17. Should there be any protests on the official results, Participants must write in with evidence to The Organizers within 30 minutes after the official results are announced, with a protest fees of RM 200 in cash (non refundable if the protest is not upheld).

  18. The Organizers reserve the right to delay the commencement of the race in the event of inclement weather or any form of acts of God (haze, flood, lightning, thunderstorm, typhoons and etc). Should the above mentioned conditions persist after the delay, deemed to be unsafe or impossible to proceed, the Organizers reserve the right to cancel the race without any refunds of fees or donations paid unless the Organizers have considerations to give a refund and The Organizers shall not be held liable for any loss or inconvenience caused.

  19. The organizers reserve the right to amend the Rules & Regulations without giving prior notification or any reasons thereof.

  20. Completion of the registration form and payment indicate that the Participant’s agreement to abide by the above rules and regulation of the race.

Organizer Information

Organizer Name: Endurance Nature Sdn Bhd
Contact No.: +6013-277 6289
Email: seowkong.ng@gmail.com