Vertical of the Eiffel Tower
This is the race that kicks off the EcoTrail season in Paris and its region.
Based on the sporting model of a race against the clock, La Verticale de la tour Eiffel® invites the 130 or so candidates** from all over the world, carefully selected, to climb the 1,665 steps of the tower to the 3rd floor**. Each year they compete in this vertiginous race to reach the top in the hope of lifting the best climber's trophy, whether they are trail runners, performers or stair climbing specialists.
Each participant starts the race in turn, starting at 8pm and the last one arrives at the top at around 10pm under a starry sky… or not. After a 279 metre climb, the finish line rewards the competitors with a breathtaking view of Paris by night.
The event is unique in that the staircases of the Eiffel Tower, unlike other races of the same type, are open to the outside. A unique experience on one of the most visited monuments in the world!
As a race of the EcoTrail project, the values of the Verticale have been anchored in the history of this competition since the beginning. Eco-responsibility, solidarity, conviviality and mutual aid represent the philosophy that is applied in practice. Participants are involved in the race, fundraising is organised for associations, volunteers are committed and the sites are rehabilitated for each race. If the course itself is aimed at the most enduring, the event is eco-citizen and open to all!