May 1-31, 2022

How much vertical can you run in an hour?


  • Run for 60 minutes or less.
  • Finish at the same elevation that you start (or lower).
  • You may run road, trail, stairs, whatever and wherever. Treadmills, stairclimbers, etc. don't count.
  • Run a single, long up/down, or a series of shorter hills.
  • Run (and submit) as many times as you like.

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Run 60 minutes or less. Time is total elapsed time from start to finish, not just your moving time. Wherever you are at 60:00 is the end.

You must finish at or below the elevation you started. If you are higher than your start at 60:00, take your time and elevation gain when you were last at your starting elevation.

Try as many times as you like. If you think you can do better or want to try another time or location, go ahead and submit again.

This is for fun. Be safe. Be smart.


I'll add to this as I get more feedback.

What if I don't have a long hill? Do repeats on a shorter hill. That's probably better anyway.

What if I don't have time to complete a full repeat before 60:00? Do a short up/down, just enough to get you back at/below the starting elevation at or before 60:00.

What if I go over 60:00? Count your elevation gain, time, etc., the last time <60:00 you were at the starting elevation.

What if I don't like how I did? Do it again. You can try and submit as many times as you like.

Do I have to go down the same path I take up? No. You can take a different way down. You don't even have to finish at the same place as long as the elevation is the same.

What's the best place to do this? From my experience:

  • On terrain that's fairly smooth so that you can maintain a good tempo up, and get back down fairly quickly and easily.
  • The steepest that you can run, not walk up, and get back down without having to brake much.
  • Start a bit above the bottom of a hill. This allows you to go below the start and run back up as needed to squeeze out the last bit of climbing while still finishing at/below the start.
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