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Germans race to tame the tower

2010-06-02 07:23:19 GMT2010-06-02 15:23:19 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Frankfurt’s fourth Skyscraper Run leaves sporting enthusiasts sky-high.

Some 300 sporting enthusiasts met on Sunday to push their physical pain barriers to the limit as they took on the feat of racing up Frankfurt's Messe Tower and back down again.

Sixty-one floors and 222 metres high, the tower proved an endurance test for even the most hardened athletes.

"The last 15 floors. Burning, the legs, it's brutal. And then it is only the head that makes the decision. You have to stay in control. I tried.".

Matthias Jahn's pain proved worth it when he emerged the winner 1344 steps and 6.47 minutes later.

As if the challenge of scaling the tower was not enough, Agim Agushi opted to do the run while bouncing a ball on his head.

While the local fire brigade took it a step further and completed the race in full kit.

"The worst bit? 40, 50 floors, then it's possible to really go for it for ten floors then you hit a wall where you really have to work to get through. Then you can't do any more,"

While all proceeds from the event went to charity it still seems that the Frankfurt's Messe Tower left sporting enthusiasts sky high.

Corinne Shneider, Reuters

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