(CNN)Is there a better metaphor for athletic achievement than tower running? It’s a vertical sprint of power and endurance to greater and greater heights. And you always come out on top.
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Yet, as sports go, stair climbing is relatively newand has only a small pool of professional competitors. Those who are ranked for speed are in the hundreds, not thousands. The winners earn modest prizes, usually swag from sponsors, not cash.
It’s a sport that might have started as gimmicks or publicity stunts. But now, with an official organization and a global circuit of races, stair climbing is a legitimate, if niche, amateur sport. Participation is climbing, but for now, the limited size of this upwardly mobile community has its own upside.
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