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Stairway to accomplishment

A gauntlet of pain for the legs and lungs, the sport of tower running has taken off

Updated: July 30, 2013, 6:41 PM ET
By Doug Williams | Special to ESPN.com

Most often, they run alone, sometimes only hearing the steps of the racer ahead of them and the huffing of the runner behind.

There are no scenic vistas, no cheering crowds, no fresh breezes and certainly no rock 'n' roll bands to provide a boost down the home stretch.

When tower runners (aka stair climbers) race, it's often up gray, windowless, concrete silos where one step leads to another and another and another -- into the hundreds or thousands -- a gauntlet ...

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