SkyRun MesseTurm Frankfurt
SkyRun MesseTurm Frankfurt is a tower running event up to the top of MesseTurm. A tower run is a competition in which the athletes climb a skyscraper, a tower or a staircase in the open air. At SkyRun Frankfurt, individual runners and teams can compete in reaching Frankfurt’s 61-storey landmark. The challenge is to conquer the 1,202 steps and 222 meters (728 feet) of altitude difference.
As a rule, SkyRun Frankfurt takes place as a running event once a year. The last staircase race took place in 2018 because the MesseTurm was not be available for the race from 2019 due to construction work. The next SkyRun Frankfurt is expected to take place in MesseTurm during 2020.
Since 2007, all proceeds from SkyRun have been donated to ARQUE for the benefit of paraplegic children. The Working Group for Paraplegics with Spina Bifida/Rhein-Main-Nahe e.V., ARQUE for short, represents the interests of people with congenital paraplegia (Spina Bifida) and disorders of the cerebrospinal fluid circulation (Hydrocephalus). To the ARQUE website (in German).
SkyRun Frankfurt 2020
When will the next SkyRun take place in Frankfurt? That has not yet been definitively decided. After a break due to conversion work in MesseTurm, SkyRun MesseTurm was expected to take place again in 2020. But this date is no longer tenable due to the corona crisis. Therefore, the next SkyRun will probably take place in 2021 at the earliest.
After the United States of America, most staircase events take place in Germany (19 competitions) and Austria (13 competitions), covering an extraordinarily wide range of distances and numbers of steps. SkyRun MesseTurm Frankfurt, Towerrunning Basel, Millennium Tower Run Up in Vienna and thyssenkrupp Towerrun are races in German-speaking countries with an international line-up.
In terms of the number of steps, the skyscraper run in Frankfurt’s MesseTurm follows in third place worldwide after the famous Taipei 101 Run Up in Taiwan (2,046 steps) and the Empire State Building Run Up in New York (1,567 steps).
Alternative names for a stair run are Tower Running, Skyrunning, Stair Climbing, Skyscraper Racing and Vertical Running.