Athletes compete in skyscraper race in Germany

In this Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 photo, a thick blanket of early morning fog partially shrouds the skyscrapers of the Marina and Jumeirah Lake Towers districts of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai’s rapid transformation from a desert outpost into one of the world’s most architecturally stunning cities is mapped out in the Marina. Where just 15 years ago there was empty, flat land, today a bustling neighborhood thrives centered around a canal and an impressive skyline that pierces through the clouds. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Frankfurt, Germany (WSPA)– Elite German athletes took to the stairs Sunday to race up the stairs of a skyscraper.

The race is known as the Skyrun and this year, athletes had to run up 61 floors of Frankfurt’s MesseTurm. Racers started 30 seconds apart and faced the challenge of 1,200 steps.

Most racers could be seen laying on the ground after crossing the finish line, but one even crawled to the end.

This is an annual event and the winner is crowned as the German Towerrunning Champion. This year’s winner completed the race in six minutes and 31 seconds.

There are similar races like this across the world, including the Empire State Building Run Up in New York.

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