No elevator for athletes in Eiffel Tower vertical race

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Published on March 14, 2019 - Duration: 02:01s

No elevator for athletes in Eiffel Tower vertical race

Dominant duo Piotr Lobodzinski and Suzy Walsham defend their crowns in the annual Eiffel Tower vertical race conquering a staggering 1,665 steps.

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No elevator for athletes in Eiffel Tower vertical race

SHOWS: PARIS, FRANCE (MARCH 13, 2019) (EIFFEL TOWER VERTICAL RACE - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 1.

EIFFEL TOWER PARIS, FRANCE (MARCH 13, 2019) (EIFFEL TOWER VERTICAL RACE - ACCESS ALL) 2.

ATHLETE STARTING RACE 3.

VARIOUS OF ATHLETES RUNNING UP STEPS 4.

ATHLETE STARTING RACE 5.

VARIOUS OF ATHLETES RUNNING UP EIFFEL TOWER STEPS 6.

ATHLETES' FEET 7.

VARIOUS OF ATHLETES RACING UP STEPS 8.

SIGN READING (French): "ARRIVAL AT 1200 STEPS" 9.

WOMEN'S RACE WINNER, SUZY WALSHAM, ON PODIUM WITH EIFFEL TOWER TROPHY AND RUNNERS UP 10.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WOMEN'S RACE WINNER, SUZY WALSHAM, SAYING: "I was pretty happy to come away with a win it's been a difficult preparation and the conditions tonight were very, very tough, very cold, very windy.

But I had a pretty solid race, I felt pretty good during the race so, very happy." 11.

DISABLED ATHLETE CLIMBING STEPS ON CRUTCHES 12.

VARIOUS OF ATHLETES RACING 13.

MEN'S RACE WINNER, PIOTR LOBODZINSKI, AND RUNNERS UP HOLDING TROPHIES ON PODIUM AT END OF RACE 14.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MEN'S RACE WINNER, PIOTR LOBODZINSKI, SAYING: "I ran below eight minutes five times already and won for the fifth time so (I'm) really happy." 15.

ATHLETES POSING FOR PHOTO PARIS, FRANCE (MARCH 13, 2019) (EIFFEL TOWER VERTICAL RACE - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 16.

EIFFEL TOWER STORY: Piotr Lobodzinski and Suzy Walsham battled high winds and lashing rain to retain their titles in the Eiffel Tower vertical race on Wednesday (March 14).

The race in the form of a time trial with departures every 30 seconds saw 130 athletes eschew the elevators to race up the 1,665 steps of the tower, the most visited paid for monument in the world.

Pole Piotr Lobodzinski won the race for the fifth consecutive year with a time of 7:53.97.

Australian Suzy Walsham claimed victory in the women's race, also for the fifth consecutive year, with a time of 10:16.57.

Both champions also won the 2017 Empire State Building run.

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