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Stadium Stomp takes stair-climb challenge to major venues
Between 26th June and 24th July, Stadium Stomp will be using the stairs at four of Australia’s largest sport stadiums to test participants in the ultimate stair climbing challenge.
The Stadium Stomp season starts at the MCG on Sunday 26th June, with participants testing their stamina and concentration up and down 7,300 stairs on famous venue’s grandstands. This will be followed by events at the Adelaide Oval (6,000 stairs) on Sunday 3rd July, the Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium (6,300 stairs) on Sunday 17th July (6,300 stairs) and The Gabba in Brisbane (5,000 stairs) on Sunday 24th July (5,000 stairs).
Participants will climb up, down and around the stadium grandstands on a course set to music before running a lap of the ground to finish.
Event Organiser Ben King from King Performance is quick to stress that Stadium Stomp is not a race but provides participants with a unique fitness challenge, stating “we’re a non-competitive event, we don’t time our participants and encourage all fitness levels to have a go.”
With the MCG having the most stairs on course there is also a half course option for this event.
Event Marketing Manager, Susie King adds “we want everyone to experience Stadium Stomp.
“The half course allows for a taste of Stadium Stomp MCG without the daunting prospect of climbing 7,300 stairs. Our half course (or mini stomp) is a very do-able 1890 stairs on a shallow gradient.
“Every stadium is different. Our SCG course for example, will take you through two stadiums (Allianz included), you’ll run through carpeted areas and under the belly of the stadium to get around the course.”
Staggered start times from 7am (Gabba) and 8am (others) ensure the stairs don’t become congested.
Anyone 12 years and older can enter as a team or individual and participants can choose their preferred start time when registering.
Spectators can view the event free of charge via the designated spectator viewing area. In this way family and friends can watch and support the participants as they stomp around the grandstands of these iconic Australian sporting stadiums.
The organisers comment “there aren’t many people in Australia who haven’t been to one of these stadiums to watch a game and cheered from the stands.
“Now they can experience these iconic stadiums in a unique way and become an active participant rather than the traditional spectator.
“If you need a fitness reason, stair climbing is an excellent way to build cardio respiratory endurance and lower-body muscular endurance and strength.”
Climbing a flight of stairs (10 steps) is the equivalent calorie burn of taking 38 steps on level ground, so it’s almost four times as beneficial to take the stairs.
The event supports Charity Partner, the Leukaemia Foundation, Little Heroes Foundation, Whitelion and Mater Little Miracles and participants are encouraged to fundraise for these charities (or a charity close to heart) as a way of making every step count.
For more information go www.stadiumstomp.com.au
Middle image of Stadium Stomp at the MCG courtesy of Karen Jacques.
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