Start training now and be ready for the Eureka Climb 2017, Australia's biggest vertical race held at one of the world's tallest residential buildings, Eureka Tower in Southbank. The race will be held on Sunday 19 November 2017 and registration is now open.
At 88 levels, that's 1642 steps, you'll be able to take in the fantastic view of Melbourne from the finish line at the Eureka Skydeck. Once you've got your breath back, you'll be rewarded for your efforts with a special 10th Anniversary Eureka Climb finisher's medallion.
Choose to race the clock or go at your own pace in the timed or untimed categories. You can sign up as an individual or why not get a team of four together and have fun training and raising money for the event? As a team, you may like to dress up as your favourite superheroes. The race is suitable for ages 12 and older and all fitness levels are welcome.
Challenge yourself or be part of a team
The three main event categories are:
Climber (timed) – A climber is a timed competitive entrant, eligible to receive an accurate race time and prizes.
Walker (un-timed) – A walker is not timed, non-competitive and ineligible for fastest time prizes. The walker category is perfect for those individuals and teams wanting to take part in this charity event without the added pressure of keeping up the pace. A separate stairwell will be utilised for this category and will finish on level 88. This is perfect for families and social teams. Everyone can be involved.
Teams – Teams of 4 will all start at the same time (but do not have to all finish at the same time). You can enter as a team in the climber or walker category. A team time is the aggregate of all 4 team members.
There are also separate categories for the Elite Race climbers (the really fast ones), Corporate Cup Challenge entrants and Emergency Services teams.
Registering for the Eureka Climb includes an entry fee and a minimum pledge requirement. Full registration details are available here. If you sign up before Tuesday 1 August 2017 you will be able to take advantage of the early bird price, saving yourself $5 off individual entries and $20 off team registrations.
Access to level 88 (Skydeck 88) of Eureka Tower is normally $19.50. This is included as part of your entry. The below includes the added extras you get with your registration, which may be updated from time to time so please check back on the event website:
Official Finishers Medallion
Discounted rate for accommodation at Travelodge over the event weekend (located right next door)
20% off RRP 2XU compression clothing on the day (visit their marquee)
Two for the price of one at PJ O'Briens Irish Pub after your Climb
Ability to win prizes exclusive to participants for fundraising, race times and best dressed.
Spectators, family and friends can purchase a ticket to Eureka Skydeck where the finish line will be located and doors to Eureka Skydeck will open at 7am on event day. Alternatively, there will be plenty going on at the Eureka Tower Concourse to keep everyone amused as they eagerly await your return to earth.
Do you want to know how fast you'll need to be to beat the current record? Well, the current race holders are Mark Bourne (2013) in an impressive 7minutes and 34seconds and Alice McNamara (2011) in an equally impressive 9minutes and 33seconds.
Don't think you can climb but would still like to be part of this great event? Be a part of Australia's biggest vertical race by becoming a Volunteer at Eureka Climb.
With various jobs available from marshalling, registrations, set up / pack down, runner and information there is sure to be a job for you. You will be able to indicate the area that you are most interested in on the application form.
Eureka Climb is in the top 20 (amount of stairs) of stair climbs in the world.
Stairs are a great activity to add into your workout routine. You'll get fitter faster using the stairs. You'll also burn more calories because you're working big muscle groups. For more training tips, click here. So pull on those trainers and start preparing now - a great motivator to keep fit and active over winter.