Most people on this planet wouldn't run a marathon. Nothing against those who do — you guys are badass and way better at filling your time with physical feats! But most people wouldn't make that choice, because it IS hard on the body, no matter how in-shape you are!
Plus it's long, and sometimes people throw up from too much exertion and that's gross! LOLz!
We're curious how many of those marathoners would WANT to be in the subset of marathoners who would run a VERTICAL MARATHON!
A vertical marathon is a race up super tall buildings, and the most recent one happened to be 82 floors, 1,100 feet, and in the China World Trade Center (Tower 3), which is Beijing's tallest building!
Are you ready for the results? We just spent the first part of this story telling you how long and grueling it must be — and yet, the winner took LESS THAN 10 minutes to climb all 2,041 stairs! Holy shizz!
Thomas Dold of Germany won in 9 minutes and 55 seconds, and Suzy Walsham of Australia won for the ladies in 11 minutes and 47 seconds. We're not even sure we can do a mile in that!
They had people from all over participate — from 10 different countries! They played for cash prizes and trips!
This isn't a one-off race, either! There ARE professionals in this sport, and the 2013 Vertical World Circuit hosts eight races across the globe! It'll be heading to Vietnam, Spain, Singapore, and Brazil next, having already been to four other places including the U.S.!
So if you're ever feeling lazy and want to take the elevator to your third floor apartment, just know that there are people doing this around the world, and one of them was even 79 years old!
Check out this crazy sport (above)!
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