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Trek Up the Tower in the News

We are very grateful to the news media for their ongoing support of Trek Up the Tower, The Wellbeing Partners and all our participants!

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2021 Trek Up the Tower

TREK UP THE TOWER ANNOUNCEMENT

“Wish You Were Here: Trek Up the Tower Goes Virtual for 2021”

In 2021, Trek Up the Tower is ‘hitting the road’! The Wellbeing Partners announced that its annual stair climbing event will be taking place virtually over a multi-week challenge period, after making the initial announcement last year to postpone the event from February to May.

Event runners cited best practice and ongoing COVID-19 safety concerns as a reason for the decision, including coordinating an in-person event with First National Bank of Omaha’s timeline for reintroducing work-from-home employees to the Tower.

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KFAB 1110 NEWS RADIO

Community Matters

This week’s show featured Chantelle Green and Claire Brown promoting the annual Wellbing Partners “Trek Up the Tower” fundraiser that highlights the need for more physical activity, particularly among young people.

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OMAHA WORLD-HERALD | FEB. 8, 2021

Trek Up the Tower is the latest fitness event to adopt a virtual format.

The event typically draws more than 1,000 participants to the First National Tower in downtown Omaha. Athletes — some seasoned and others beginners — climb up the tower’s 40 floors and 870 steps.

Under a virtual format, the event will take place over three weeks. Climbers will be able to log their cumulative activity during the three-week window, from May 8 to 29, to achieve the 40-flight distance.

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KMTV | FEB. 3, 2021

Trek Up the Tower going virtual in 2021

Trek Up the Tower is going virtual this year due to ongoing coronavirus-related safety concerns.

“This decision is out of respect for our sponsors, partners, staff, volunteers, and participants,” said Chantelle Green, Trek Up the Tower Race Director and the Marketing and Communications Specialist with The Wellbeing Partners. “We are confident this is the best choice for 2021. We don’t make this decision lightly, since we love holding our event in the Tower and we know our participants do, too.”

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OMAHA WORLD-HERALD | FEB. 2, 2020

'They've got my back': Bellevue teachers rally around colleague to tackle Trek Up the Tower

Charles Owen will make it up the tower. His teammates have guaranteed it.

They’ll carry him up the last few flights if they have to. “Don’t worry, Charlie,” they’ve told him. “We’ll get you to the top.”

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OMAHA WORLD-HERALD | FEB. 15, 2020

40 floors later, Trek Up the Tower competitors catch their breath

Counting her breaths and relaxing her muscles, Omahan Amber Dyer searched Saturday for the rest of her team after she finished running up 40 flights of stairs.

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KEEP IT UP DAVID | FEB. 2020

My One-Mile Trek Into the Sky (Trek Up The Tower Race Recap)

It takes a special kind of nutjob to compete in a vertical mile stair race, because the goal is completely nutty: to climb stairs until you reach one mile of vertical gain. It’s a lot of stairs. Think about how the second floor of your house may be 10 feet off the ground, and compare that to the finish line for this race being one mile off the ground. It’s exhausting just to think about, and as someone who accomplished a vertical mile yesterday, I can tell you it’s way more exhausting in real life. So, yea, I guess that makes me a nutjob… but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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KETV | FEB. 2020

It Displays the Best in People

Several climbed 40 floors and 870 steps up the First National Tower in Downtown Omaha, Saturday morning.

The 14th annual 'Trek Up the Tower' began at 6:30.

Elite athletes and casual walkers each have their goals but the event is all about overall wellness and strength.

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OMAHA WORLD-HERALD | FEB. 16, 2019

Los Angeles firefighter Carlos Arellanes landed in Omaha at 11:45 p.m. Friday.

That allowed him four hours of rest before arriving at First National Tower to run alongside other firefighters and police officers in the 13th annual Trek Up the Tower in the Real Life Heroes division, which began at 6:30 a.m.

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OMAHA WORLD-HERALD | FEB. 20, 2018

Sarah Bickerstaff trudged up 20 flights of stairs and doubt crept into her head. She wondered why, once again, she signed herself up to climb the stairs of the city’s tallest building. Read More.

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD | FEB. 16, 2018

Trek Up the Tower is back this year with something new for those who find that climbing the stairwells of a 40-story building once isn’t enough. Read More. 

Going for the Record

Trekkers’ Goal to Surpass 2018 Record of First National Tower Climbs

Nebraska locals Robert Borer and Mark Adamson are repeat climbers at Trek Up the Tower, an annual vertical stair climb up the First National Tower in downtown Omaha. At 40 flights, the Tower is the tallest building between Denver and Chicago.

While Borer, known to many as "Shirtless Bob," will turn 60 on Trek Day (February 16, 2019) and Adamson will be 63, their commitment to physical fitness is reflected in their motto: You can't help aging, but you don't have to get old.

Trek Up the Tower participants seek to break record