SodaStream Schlepp-WM – Running up a Skyscraper

21st of May

Time to try something new!

A couple weeks ago I first heard about this inaugural event, the so-called “Schlepp-WM”, a “carrying world championship”. Sounds promising, what is it exactly?

There’s a company called SodaStream, which produces devices with which you’re able to drive CO2 into your home’s tab water. Simple. Also, genius. This kills the need to buy and carry bottled water if the flat tab water is too boring for you. We own one and love it. 

A marketing agency now came up with a promo event idea for this company. The idea is to have whoever is stupid enough carry 12 liters of plastic bottled water up a skyscraper. Fastest one wins.

That’s the selected skyscraper, Hamburg’s Radission BLU with its 27 floors and 118 meters of height
That’s the selected skyscraper, Hamburg’s Radission BLU with its 27 floors and 118 meters of height

This is supposed to a) help you realize the pointlessness of buying bottled water which you have to carry home every single time, and b) raise some awareness for plastic reduction efforts and cleaner oceans. 

For each signed up participant, SodaStream promised to give 50 Euros to an ocean cleanup organization. Also, signing up for the event was free. So this is a no-brainer.

First ever World Championship
First ever World Championship
The Instagrammers and Crossfitters have already arrived
The Instagrammers and Crossfitters have already arrived

The event itself turned out to be rather small. Just about 80 runners had signed up, maybe a dozen fewer showed up. With some proper marketing it could have been a lot bigger, but probably the 5 Star Hotel which is the Radisson BLU wanted to limit the size of the field. 

Of course, you can’t have 80 people run up a staircase at the same time, so everyone got their own start with a buffer of 60 seconds to the one before them
Of course, you can’t have 80 people run up a staircase at the same time, so everyone got their own start with a buffer of 60 seconds to the one before them

I wasn’t in great shape, having lost the motivation to train during the last few weeks after the Hamburg Marathon. A bit of a break is sometimes necessary, I guess. But this was an opportunity I wouldn’t miss. 

The other participants mainly looked very fit. The MC lady did short interviews with each one during the 60 seconds they had to prepare and grab the two sixpacks of plastic water bottles. Many of them had a good story, one even did a skyscraper race before this one. 

I hoped my mountain marathon experiences would help me here, but it turns out I was dead wrong. Running upwards for 42 kilometers or more is a lot different from running upwards in a staircase carrying 12 kilos for just 27 floors.

After just five floors, I had to stop running and needed to power-hike
After just five floors, I had to stop running and needed to power-hike
And then it’s all over after just five and a half minutes
And then it’s all over after just five and a half minutes
The heart rate definitely reached its peak here
The heart rate definitely reached its peak here
Two minutes after the leading male, somewhere in the middle of the field
Two minutes after the leading male, somewhere in the middle of the field
In addition to free SodaStream water drinks, they also had a free buffet – nice!
In addition to free SodaStream water drinks, they also had a free buffet – nice!

Even though it’s been a very short race, I had fun. I’m even inclined to do some specific training if they happen to hold the event next year again. 

The views from the rooftop bar of the Radisson were also worth it
The views from the rooftop bar of the Radisson were also worth it
Hamburg’s center including the Alster – not long until I’ll swim in there again during the Hamburg Triathlons
Hamburg’s center including the Alster – not long until I’ll swim in there again during the Hamburg Triathlons

So, thanks to SodaStream for a fun few hours! 

 


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