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Racing to the top

14 Oct 2013

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Be they crazy or competitive, fun-run enthusiasts will again head for Southbank in November, with the Eureka Climb set to attract its biggest crowd ever.

The climb is up the 88 levels, or 1642 steps, and encompasses both individual and team events.

Along with the inevitable dress ups within the crowd (including Richard Bird in his medieval gear, pictured right), there is also the “Victoria’s Emergency Service Challenge”, pitting teams from the Melbourne Fire Brigade, Ambulance Services and Victoria Police against one another, in full uniform.

Again the climb is raising money for charities Whitelion and Interplast Australia and New Zealand.

Last year’s event raised more than $300,000 and organisers are hoping to top that this year.

Whitelion CEO Mark Watt said the event was a great way for people to both support his charity and challenge themselves.

“We are looking forward to another fantastic event at the Eureka Tower for the annual race to the top of Melbourne’s tallest building. Everyone who does the Eureka Climb is raising much-needed funds for two charities,” Mr Watt explained.

Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Klim is the ambassador for the Eureka Climb and he too was excited about the next installment.

“2012 was the biggest year yet for the Eureka Climb with more than 2500 participants and a crowd of hundreds watching the action. By all indications, 2013 is set to be the best year yet with registrations coming in from all over the country and overseas,” Mr Klim said.

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