IT MAY NOT BE TOO EARLY TO START PLANNING ATHLETIC CHALLENGES FOR THE NEXT YEAR AND BEYOND. Susan Lacke describes one of the newest trends in running, which involves accomplishing significant vertical climbs. Going high has replaced going long, she says in an article running.competitor.com “The Newest Trend In Racing Has Us Reaching For The Clouds.”
Climbs might be performed outside on mountains and ski slopes, or indoors on stairwells. Newly established organizations, like the Vertical World Circuit, have stepped up to better define the sport and provide challenges for interested and enthusiastic athletes. Although the verticaworldcircuit.com website only provides information regarding 2018 events, it reveals that nine staircases in an international collection of the tallest buildings on earth serve as ‘race courses’ for the circuit. Seoul, Paris, New York, Manila, Beijing, Shanghai, Osaka, London, and Hong Kong host the competitors. Hopefully the 2019 schedule will soon be published.
The Ahotu.com vertical race calendar fills the months of 2019 with mountain races as well as skyscraper stair climbs. A general web search also reveals that ‘vert races’ will be held to ascend various giants across Europe and mountains in the USA.
Specialized training is required that includes strength and speed work, which can serve flat course racers well.
One thing is clear, most of these competitions might be considered epic adventures, especially if international travel is involved. Athletes inspired to change things up in their sport by going vertical would be helped by mental planning that extends over a 12-month period, or longer. Expenses are likely to go vertical as well, so finding partners that can share the cost would be part of that planning.
Look for more to be written on this new running trend which seems as though it would be perfect for walkers too.
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