Trek Up the Tower (teaser)

Participants walk and cool down after finishing on the top floor after a 870 step hike during the annual Trek up the Tower.

This weekend, more than 2,100 people will make their way to the First National Tower in downtown Omaha and look up, anxious to be standing at the top.

Trek Up the Tower, a 40-floor climb up the tallest building in the city, is Saturday. The event is put on by the Wellness Council of the Midlands and is the only one of its kind in the state. It’s now in its 10th year.

Ivan Marsh set the race record in 2013, scaling the stairs in 4 minutes, 15 seconds. He has won the event every year since its inception in 2006.

“We’re hopeful that he does well and can cap off our 10th year by being the reigning champion,” said Rebecca Vinton, the president of the WELLCOM.

She added, laughing, “They don’t all have to be Ivan Marshes to participate.”

Firefighters from Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion, Waterloo and Sioux City as well as members of the Omaha Police Department will kick off the event.

To avoid overcrowding, one person enters the staircase every five to six seconds. Participants then climb 870 steps to the top floor overlooking Omaha. Most people finish in 12 to 14 minutes.

Trekkers can celebrate their achievement after the elevator ride down with food provided by Whole Foods and music.

Registration is closed.

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