Runners and firefighters climb 1,344 steps inside Frankfurt's landmark MesseTurm building for its annual SkyRun competition. Roselle Chen reports.
Joggers and firefighters in full uniform raced against the clock inside a German high-rise, running up 61 floors inside Frankfurt's MesseTurm skyscraper, the third tallest building in the European Union. 344 competitors sped up the stairs in the 257 meter (843 feet) high building with 1,344 steps for an annual race known as the SkyRun. Christian Riedl was runner up with a time of six minutes and 40 seconds, two seconds slower than champion Pjotr Lobodzinski. SOUNDBITE: Christian Riedl, SkyRun competitor, saying (German): "It's quite tough. There is rarely a sport, which takes you to your limits that quickly, and then you still have to push to the end. Very tough, but fun." The competition's second round of firefighters donned helmets, heavy bunker coats, pants, compressed air tanks, with one even using his breathing mask as he fought his way up the stairs. SOUNDBITE: Felix Richter, firefighter, saying (German): "There was no end to the staircase and I didn't have any power left at the end. Nothing was hurting, the legs were still going, but I couldn't breathe anymore. But it's fun every year." The SkyRun is organized by the Towerrunning World Association, which hosts races in skyscrapers, high-rises and on outdoor stairs all around the world.