Trek Up the Tower is the latest fitness event to adopt a virtual format.
The event typically draws more than 1,000 participants to the First National Tower in downtown Omaha. Athletes — some seasoned and others beginners — climb up the tower’s 40 floors and 870 steps.
Under a virtual format, the event will take place over three weeks. Climbers will be able to log their cumulative activity during the three-week window, from May 8 to 29, to achieve the 40-flight distance.
Pandemic-related safety concerns prompted the change, organizers said. Coordinating an in-person event also could conflict with First National Bank of Omaha’s timeline for reintroducing work-from-home employees to the tower.
“We don’t make this decision lightly, since we love holding our event in the tower, and we know our participants do, too,” said Chantelle Green, Trek Up the Tower race director.
In August 2020, organizers announced that the event would be pushed from its typical date in February to May. The postponement was made in hopes of being able to host an in-person event.
Trek Up the Tower, which will be in its 15th year, is a fundraiser for The Wellbeing Partners, an organization that promotes worksite wellness.
Registration is set to open in March. Costs range from $25 for a basic entry to $70 for a family package.
More information on the event, including details on how to convert walking, running or rolling toward stair climbing, will be released later. The vertical mile option will be available this year, too, as well as a family registration package.