Organizers in Lexington expect more than 300 participants in Saturday's Urban Mountain Challenge, and they have extended the registration deadline through Thursday.
About 270 people have registered so far to climb the stairs of a downtown Lexington building. Participants can climb the 22 floors of the Center Bank building at 300 West Vine Street, or they can add to their climb with a second building, the 29-story Lexington Financial Center at 250 West Main Street. A survivors party will be held outside the Center Bank building.
Last year, about 340 people climbed the Financial Center in the inaugural Urban Mountain Challenge. Money raised from participation fees went to the University of Kentucky College of Communications and the Downtown Lexington Corporation Foundation.
Climbers who make the trek in both buildings this year will be eligible for awards. Prizes will be given to the fastest male and female climbers overall and in each age group, in public safety non-uniformed, firefighters in uniform, and teams of two. Each team member will climb one building.
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The competition is set to begin at 8 a.m., and climbers will be assigned starting times.
Participants can register online at Downtownlex.com/urban-mountain-challenge.
The fees for registering vary depending on whether the climber will climb one building or two. Individuals will pay $45 for both towers, $35 for one. Firefighters, police officers and military members pay reduced fees. The team fee for two buildings is $55.