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The Eiffel Tower Vertical, an unique race

"The Eiffel tower Vertical is a world class stair race taking place one of the most iconic structures in the world, the Eiffel Tower. Competitors battle an international field of top athletes and push their limits by climbing 1665 Steps and 279 meters as fast as possible." (Michael WARDIAN, USA, Elite Athlete)

"Being an open air tower is different, and you have to deal with the cold and the wind. An amazing opportunity to compete in one of the world’s most spectacular races.  Physically and mentally very demanding, but very satisfying.  A truly memorable experience. It is definitely one of the hardest tower races I have ever done. » (Suzy WALSHAM, Australia, Female Winner)

"The race may not be the longest but because of irregular staircase it's one of the thoughest ! And it’s the only one with live broadcast on TV." (Piotr LOBODZINSKI, Poland, Male Winner)

How does the body respond to the ascent ?

"From the second stage to the top it’s very very tough as there are many stairs in a row before you make a turn and I very quickly started suffering. The lactic in my legs was tough and it was a big struggle to keep climbing.  I definitely had to push through the pain to continue." (Suzy WALSHAM, Australia, Female Winner)

« At the first check point, I could smile and give "high fives". On the second level I began to feel increasing exhausted, but this is not yet the pain. Only after the first half of the race begins the real struggle and suffering. Muscles begin to ache, lungs are burning, and the heart rate reaches the maximum.» (Piotr LOBODZINSKI, Poland, Male Winner)

« My goal was to do two steps at a time until I couldn't but never to walk and as I ran across to the second stair well I could feel my legs fatiguing and I knew that two steps at a time would be a challenge but I keep pushing. My other goal was to try and catch up to the person in front of me and not get caught by the person behind me as we started in 1 min increments. I achieved that goal but about half way up the second stairway I was reduced to running only 1 step at a time and that slowed me but still I pushed on. By running 1 step at a time for 60 seconds I was able to recover and go back to 2 steps. I could feel my breathing and my heart was in my throat but I keep pushing and even peaked a look out at Paris. It was magnificent. That buoyed me and as I came to the final winding stair case I knew I would achieve my goal for running the whole way »  (Michael WARDIAN, USA, Elite Athlete)

At the end, they all have the same feelings !

« I felt amazing at the finish of the race. I was tired for about 30 seconds and then I was jazzed. I was fired up and was so excited I ran down from the top and wanted to do it again.» (Michael WARDIAN, USA, Elite Athlete)

« I was so excited when I found out I had won, but I was totally exhausted. » (Suzy WALSHAM, Australia, Female Winner)

« Exhausted, almost dying, but also happy to reach the top. » (Piotr LOBODZINSKI, Poland, Male Winner)