The final race for the year is the Eureka Climb in Melbourne.
Where: Eureka Tower, Melbourne
When: Sunday 17th November 2013
Distance: 88 Floors, 1642 Steps
Stairwell: The stairwell travels clockwise with 1 flight per floor and a small landing halfway on most. The handrail is on the right side of a corrugated tin wall that divides the flights.
Record: 7.59mins by Mark Bourne 2012
Charity: Whitelion and Interplast
2012 Race Review
We just sat back and had to let the fact that the 8min barrier had been broken sink in! It had never even entered our minds that it was possible but at this year’s Eureka Climb, held in the World’s Tallest Residential Tower, and one of the highest “vertical” races in the Southern Hemisphere, Mark Bourne re wrote the record books for the second year to win in a time of 7mins 59secs!!!
The day started out a little chilly so keeping warm was a priority for all the 16 Elite climbers who entered the stairwell from 7am. The weather obviously didn’t effect the results as Darren Wilson also broke last year’s record to finish second in 8mins 9secs. Alice McNamara’s dominance continued winning her second female title in a time of 9mins 51secs with the next closest female Brooke Logan in a time of 10mins 32secs.
Details are still to be finalised but we now hope that Mark and Alice will head back to the Empire State Building in Feb 2013 to once again show the dominance of Australian climbers. We’ll keep you posted on how it unfolds.
We love seeing the popularity of Stair Climbing grow and Mark’s feat wasn’t the only record broken on the day. Just to mention a few big ones:
- 2497 climbers ended up participating roughly 700 up on last year.
- A total of $300,000+ was raised for charity partners Interplast and Whitelion, almost $70,000 up on last year.
- Eureka Climb had its first marriage proposal (she said yes).
- And Jordon Milroy from NZ was the first person with Cerebral Palsy to complete the climb! To learn more about Jordon and his amazing journey click here.
It’s a credit to the King Performance team for the organisation that they provide to put on such a great event. It makes us even more excited about the possibilities for next year. Well done to all those that competed and completed the challenging 88 floors and we hope that you’ve now got the urge to go a couple of steps faster next time.
For the top 20 results please click here.