It sounds like a challenge for which you either have to be a bit crazy or the type of person who lives their life at the limit. But that’s not all: since 2015, the Saxon Mount Everest Stair Marathon has been organised as a 24-hour event. So it no longer ends when all the contestants have completed the 100 ‘laps’. Victory goes to the person who has made the most ascents/descents during that time.
Incidentally, the record is 156 laps, set in 2015 by Andreas Allwang.
The addictive nature of the extreme
The sheer sense of relief on completing the race is obviously worth all the effort. “Around half of the entrants are repeat offenders,” says organiser Ulf Kühne. “When you’ve done it once, you keep coming back for more.”
Each year, the starting line-up becomes increasingly diverse. Not only extreme athletes, but also long-distance runners and triathletes are attracted by the challenge in the vineyards. 83 solo contestants have already registered for this year. In addition, there are 25 three-member relay teams who will be doing the 100 laps in stints. There are also the so-called ‘tourist teams’ made up of 50 runners each doing one lap, which amounts to half the full distance.
The number of contestants has already reached the limit. There is a two-way traffic – and the Spitzhaus steps are only just over a metre wide.