Ambassador Minute Alapati Taupo Competes in the 2014 TAIPEI 101 Run Up/陶敏德大使參加「2014年台北101國際登高賽」 / by Minute Taupo

International Ambassador Team: H.E. Ambassador Minute Alapati Taupo (Tuvalu), H.E. Ambassador Larry R.L. Tseng (Taiwan), H.E. Ambassador Cherie Minette Nisbet (Belize), Ms. See Sin Yuan (Singapore), H.E. Rachel Coupaud (Haiti), H.E. Gerhard Götz (Austria), H.E. José Trinidad García Cervantes (Mexico), Mr. Shambhu Hakki (India), Mr. Mohammad Alkahtani (Saudi Arabia), H.E. Ismet Erikan (Turkey), H.E. Juraj Koudelka (Czech Republic), H.E. Sune Kjeldsen (Denmark), H.E. Ambassador Jasmine Elise Huggins (Saint Christopher and Nevis), Monsignor Paul Fitzpatrick Russell (The Holy See), H.E. Michal Kovác (Slovakia), Mr. Mark Zimmer (United States of America), H.E. Simona Halperin (Israel), Mr. Witold Chudy (Poland), H.E. Ambassador António Quintas do Espírito (Sao Tome and Principe), Mr. Joe Radonic (Canada)

International Ambassador Team: H.E. Ambassador Minute Alapati Taupo (Tuvalu), H.E. Ambassador Larry R.L. Tseng (Taiwan), H.E. Ambassador Cherie Minette Nisbet (Belize), Ms. See Sin Yuan (Singapore), H.E. Rachel Coupaud (Haiti), H.E. Gerhard Götz (Austria), H.E. José Trinidad García Cervantes (Mexico), Mr. Shambhu Hakki (India), Mr. Mohammad Alkahtani (Saudi Arabia), H.E. Ismet Erikan (Turkey), H.E. Juraj Koudelka (Czech Republic), H.E. Sune Kjeldsen (Denmark), H.E. Ambassador Jasmine Elise Huggins (Saint Christopher and Nevis), Monsignor Paul Fitzpatrick Russell (The Holy See), H.E. Michal Kovác (Slovakia), Mr. Mark Zimmer (United States of America), H.E. Simona Halperin (Israel), Mr. Witold Chudy (Poland), H.E. Ambassador António Quintas do Espírito (Sao Tome and Principe), Mr. Joe Radonic (Canada)

     The annual TAIPEI 101 Run Up competition challenges participants to race to the 91st floor of Taiwan’s tallest building, Taipei 101, which requires defeating at total of 2,046 stairs and ascending to a height of 390 meters. This year, the 2014 TAIPEI 101 Run Up was held on the morning of Sunday 4 May and greeted over 5,000 participants from Taiwan and abroad.

The Ambassador on stage.

The Ambassador on stage.

     One of the highlights of this year’s Run Up was undoubtedly the participation of an “International Ambassador Team” composed of foreign ambassadors and representatives to Taiwan including Ambassador Minute Alapati Taupo from the Embassy of Tuvalu, Ambassador Jasmine Elise Huggins from the Embassy of Saint Christopher and Nevis, and Representative Simona Halperin from the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei. Competing as a part of Taipei 101’s “Celebrity Relay,” ambassadors and representatives to Taiwan were asked to complete the race to the 91st floor of Taipei 101 as a team, which required each participant to run approximately five flights of stairs. Additionally, the “International Ambassador Team” was joined in the “Celebrity Relay” by a team of chief executives with offices in Taipei 101 and a team of business owners from Taipei’s Xinyi Commercial Center.

     During her speech at the Run Up, Taipei 101’s chairperson Christina Sung thanked all participating ambassadors and representatives for their support and stated that the “Celebrity Relay” marked an unforgettable moment in the history of the race.

        參加一年一度「台北101國際登高賽」的選手必須從台灣最高大樓的1樓跑到91樓,完成390公尺、2046階的挑戰。今年「2014年台北101國際登高賽」五月四日(日)上午正式登場,吸引五千多名選手參與。

        今年登高賽最大的特色是邀請各國駐華使節組成「外交使節及代表聯隊」。該隊隊員包括吐瓦魯國駐華大使陶敏德、聖克里斯多福及尼維斯駐華大使哈菁絲及以色列駐華代表何璽夢等駐華大使與代表。「外交使節及代表聯隊」參加「台北101國際登高賽」中之「名人接力表演賽」,以接力的方式跑到台北101之91樓。除了「外交使節及代表聯隊」之外,「名人接力表演賽」還包括由台北101大樓租戶一級主管組成之「台北101租戶聯隊」,以及由信義商圈產業業主代表組成之「信義商圈聯隊」。

        台北101董事長宋文琪在登高賽致詞時,感謝駐華使節的支持,並表示「名人接力表演賽」是「台北101國際登高賽」歷史中一個難忘的紀錄。