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Entries Open for Sydney Tower’s Race to the Top

Sydney Tower today has opened registrations for its 2008 Run-Up, giving fitness fanatics and amateur athletes the chance to test their stamina in a 1504-step endurance race up the city’s tallest building on Friday August 29. The 2008 Run-Up will support the Heart Foundation, with funds from each $30 Tower Run-Up entry fee going to the charity.

Australian and international competitors keen to take part in Sydney Tower’s 2008 Run-Up should head to the website to register online before entries close on Wednesday August 27, 2008.

“As well as being a key event for the tower, the Run-Up is the ultimate step class so we’re pleased to be supporting an organisation that encourages Australians to boost their fitness levels and keep healthy,” Sydney Tower marketing executive Jodie Crane said.

“At the Heart Foundation, we’re always encouraging Australians to bypass elevators and take the stairs so we are delighted to be involved in this year’s Run-Up,” Heart Foundation CEO - NSW Tony Thirlwell said.

International mountain runner Scott McTaggart from Canberra won Sydney Tower’s 2007 Run-Up, for the second consecutive year, taking just 8mins 12secs to climb from Pitt Street Mall to the tower’s 250m-high Observation Deck. Angela Leadbeatter from Pelican near Newcastle was the first female to cross the finish line in 9mins 15secs, beating the previous female record of 9mins 16 secs, which she set herself in 2000. The fastest time ever recorded was 6mins 52secs set by ultra-fit athlete Paul Crake in 2000. The first male and female to cross the 2008 Sydney Tower Run-Up finish line will each receive a return flight to New York city to take part in the annual Empire State Building Run Up in February 2009.

Age group category winners and corporate winners will receive double Skywalk passes, valued at $130, combining unbeatable 360-degree views of Sydney with the thrill of stepping out onto glass-floored viewing platforms extending over the edge of the tower’s golden turret.

Sydney’s tallest building, Sydney Tower soars 305m above the city and has welcomed more than 17 million visitors – or more than four times the population of Sydney – since it opened to the public in 1981.

Sydney Tower launched Sydney Skywalk, its outdoor, high-altitude attraction, in 2005, giving visitors the chance to walk outside around the tower’s lofty golden turret and take in unimpeded views of the city and as far as 85km beyond.

Media contacts:

Larissa Kaye/Jasmine Cook MG Media Communications 02 9904 0011

Released: July 22, 2008

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