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LA VERTICALE DE LA TOUR EIFFEL, AN ASCENTIONAL RACE NEVER HELD SINCE 1905

November 2014

The EcoTrail de Paris Ile-de-France® goes to the top !

A race of 279 meters- altitude up the most visited monument in the world of Paris: the new test of 8th EcoTrail of Paris ®!
La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel will be dedicated to climbing the monument from the ground to the summit: that is 1,665 steps. This event will be held on Friday 20th, March, 2015 in the evening.

The next day, Saturday 21st, March, at night, the 80km Trail runners will be invited to celebrate the end of the race on the first level of the Eiffel Tower after two years of renovation.

As more and more Trails with a vertical kilometer races and staircase races are appearing all around the world, the Eiffel Tower Operating Company and EcoTrail Organization are innovating by creating a unique ascent in the world, that of climbing a monument from the outside!

For the first running of this unique competition, the number of participants is limited. Only 60 experienced athletes will be allowed to climb the stairs of the three levels of the famous landmark, which has not happened for over 100 years! 40 elites in staircase and Trail racing elected by a committee of experts and 20 unknowns drawn by lot will participate to the race. Applicants must pre-register (10 €) before December 31, 2014 and provide evidence of their ability to meet this challenge (evidence of performance).

This year the Ecotrail de Paris® will take place from 20 to 22 March 2015.

Friday will be given over to La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel

Saturday will be under the performance banner :

  • The trail 80km
  • The trail 50km
  • The trail 30km
  • The timed Nordic walk

Sunday will be under the banner of leisure and discovery:

  • The 18km TwinSanté®
  • The hikes (8 at the starting from each of the Ile de France Departments)
  • The untimed Nordic walks : La Touristique, La Découverte, La Soutenue