I ran up a mountain recently. Okay, I ran a few hundred yards, slowed to a walk, then more of a stumble. By the time I reached the top, some 3,000 feet later, I was nearly crawling, choking for air and even tearing up. My status as a flatlander was painfully obvious to myself and those around me – so many from cities some 5,000 ft. and higher.
All I could think, and not dare say for fear of wasting precious oxygen, was “Come to Kansas in August and I’ll kick your butt.” Meaningless in that struggle, but one does what one must to push through such an event. “You may run easily through the thinnest of air, but I can run through air so thick and wet you wouldn't believe it!“
Alas, Kansas has no mountains on which to train so if I’m to get stronger and ever redeem myself, I must look elsewhere..
Saturday, November 10, is the perfect event for myself and others looking for a nearby vertical challenge. Downtown Topeka Inc. is hosting the first annual Tower Run in which participants will race up 16 flights of stairs in the Bank of America Tower, 534 S Kansas Ave., Topeka.
Registration/check-in begin at 8 a.m. and runners take off at 9 a.m. For safety, runners will be released in pairs every couple minutes.
Entry is $30. All participants will receive refreshments and a shirt. The three fastest times in each age category will receive awards. For more information and to register online, see http://www.downtowntopekainc.com. Shirts can’t be guaranteed after November 7.
This challenge is perfect for athletes of all kinds so come on out and climb! Or crawl!