Trek Up the Tower Presented by WELLCOM | February 17, 2018

Neil Legstrong Vertical Mile Challenge

Neil Legstrong Vertical Mile Challenge

Are you up for the challenge?

NEW THIS YEAR to Trek up the Tower is the Neil Legstrong Vertical Mile Challenge. The Vertical Mile Challenge was created for stair climbing athletes, competitive individuals, and individuals that are seeking a unique, harder competition! Participants will complete the Trek 10 and 1/3 times to equal one vertical mile!

Benefits and Additional Information:

  • Different color of participant Bib Number and wrist band
  • Participant t‐shirt, commemorative towel and finisher's medal
  • Premier Pass Check-in line and Gear Check (quick entry)
  • Access to the Premier Pass Line (No waiting in line to continue your challenge)
  • Vertical Mile Challengers will be recognized during the event
  • Vertical Mile Challengers who complete the vertical mile will receive a special finisher's award
  • The Vertical Mile Challenger with the fastest combined time in the following divisions will be recognized:
    • 40 & over Male & Female Divisions
    • 40 & younger Male & Female Divisions
  • Vertical Mile Challengers first trip up the tower will count toward individual race awards
  • Finishers will receive a certificate of completion mailed after the event

Please note, there is not an early bird discount or WELLCOM member rate for the Neil Legstrong Vertical Mile Challenge.

Additional Climbs

Looking to complete Trek more than once but not quite ready for the Vertical Mile Challenge? Participants can add additional trips on the Individual Registration form for just $15 per climb.

Trek Up the Tower training program

Training Programs

Together with YMCA of Greater Omaha, WELLCOM is pleased to present an advanced training program for all Vertical Mile Challengers!


First National Tower

The First National Tower consists of 40 floors and 870 steps. The tower extends 633 feet into the sky and is the tallest building between Denver and Chicago.  All participants will scale the 870 steps and 512 vertical feet to the beautiful panoramic view of Omaha.

First National Tower in downtown Omaha, home of WELLCOM's Trek Up the Tower