The Enns City Tower was built between 1564 and 1568 under Emperor Maximilian II at the request of the population as a bell, watch and clock tower – on September 23rd (10 a.m.) the 60 meter high landmark of the city from the Linz-Land district will be inaugurated further very special significance to: The Lions Club Enns-St. Valentin is organizing the first charity stair run up the Enns city tower.
With 157 steps and space for a maximum of 150 participants, the event promises an exciting premiere. A particular challenge is that the stairs in the venerable tower have different heights and the stair area is sometimes narrow and low.
The time set against which the runners can measure themselves is even set by a world champion: the Upper Austrian doctor Andrea Mayr is the record world champion and record European champion in mountain running, multiple Austrian champion in the 10,000 meter run, in the 3,000 meter steeplechase as well as in cross country running and twice Olympian in the marathon. She is also active in cycling and ski mountaineering.
Her successes in stair running include three victories at the Empire State Building Run-Up, where she also holds the course record. What is remarkable is the fact that she was able to win every stair race in which she took part and her times also placed her at the top in the men’s ranking.
“We hope that many people will be enthusiastic about taking part. The staircase is suitable for everyone. The motto “Being there is everything” is in the foreground,” says Fritz Zimmermann, President of the Lions Club Enns St. Valentin.
Running for a good cause
The fastest participant in the Enns City Tower will each win an overnight stay for two people in the Pixel Room of the City Tower. For further placements there will be prizes, vouchers and certificates for all participants.
The proceeds from the first Enns staircase will benefit flood victims in Styria and Carinthia. Zimmermann: “Through our partner clubs there, we can help in a targeted manner.”
Registration takes place at enns-st-valentin.lions.at. The number of starting places is limited to 150.