Eiffel Tower hosts first race to the top

Runners had to battle with 1,665 steps, which scale a vertical height of 324 metres, in order to climb to the top and complete the race. Competitors hailed from 16 different countries and ranged from top-class athletes to an amputee. The race was won by Piotr Lobodzinski from Poland, who completed the feat in just seven minutes and 50 seconds.

The fastest woman to finish the race was Australian Suzy Walsham, who managed to climb the tower in an impressive nine minutes and 44 seconds. She has previously won a similar race at the Empire State Building six times and competed in her first tower race nine years ago at the Swissotel in Singapore.

The first edition of the Eiffel Tower Run

Conditions were not ideal, with competitors having to battle with high winds and cold weather while trying to reach the top of the Eiffel Tower, which many who have visited the iconic landmark during France river cruises in Paris will be able to sympathise with. Many of the athletes described the race as being incredibly tough and got harder the higher they got.

One female competitor, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, explained how she felt that the race was “worse than a sprint, worse than a marathon, and worse than giving birth”, as quoted by ITV news. As it is a time trial, none of the athletes competing were able to know how they were getting on until they had completed the race.

The Eiffel Tower stands at 324 metres high, with the first, second and third floors measuring at 57 metres, 115 metres, and 276 metres respectively.

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