Trek Up the Tower Presented by The Wellbeing Partners | February 18, 2023

Trek Up The Tower 2023

Saturday, February 18, 2023 in Omaha, NE at First National Bank Tower


  • Create a Team - Team Captain
    This option is for team creation only, and does not include registration.

    » Create a Team (through 2/15 at 12:00 PM US/Central)

    Sales for this event will open on November 22 for TWP member-only and Early Bird registration. In the meantime, please have your Team Captain create your team by completing this registration.
    Create A Team


  • Individual Registration / Join a Team
    If participating with a group/team, select your team on step 2.

    » $50.00 TWP Member-Only Registration (PASSWORD REQUIRED) (through 12/10 at 12:00 AM US/Central)
    » $55.00 Early Bird Registration (through 12/10 at 12:00 AM US/Central)
    » $60.00 Registration (12/10 at 12:00 AM US/Central through 2/15 at 12:00 PM US/Central)
    Individual Registration / Join a Team


  • Group/Multiple Registration
    Register between 2 and 12 people in one transaction.

    » $50.00 TWP Member-Only Registration (PASSWORD REQUIRED) (through 12/10 at 12:00 AM US/Central)
    » $55.00 Early Bird Registration (through 12/10 at 12:00 AM US/Central)
    » $60.00 Registration (12/10 at 12:00 AM US/Central through 2/15 at 12:00 PM US/Central)
    Group/Multiple Registration


  • Premier Pass Registration
    Enhance your overall race day experience with a Premier Pass. Premier Passes are open to a limited number of 40 participants.

    » $125.00 Registration (through 2/15 at 12:00 PM US/Central)

    Benefits

    • Participant t-shirt, commemorative towel and finisher's medal
    • Different color of participant Bib Number
    • Up to 10 trips up the tower
    • VIP Parking Pass
    • Premier Pass Check?in line and Gear Check
    • Premier Pass (No waiting in line to climb the stairs)
    • Individuals who complete the Trek multiple times will be recognized at the event and on the website
    Premier Pass Registration


  • Vertical Mile Challenge
    Ready for the ultimate Trek challenge? Climb the Tower 10 and 1/3 times to complete one vertical mile.

    » $150.00 Registration (through 2/15 at 12:00 PM US/Central)

    Benefits

    • Different color of participant Bib Number
    • Participant t-shirt, commemorative towel and finisher's medal
    • Vertical Mile Challenge (10 and 1/3 trips up the tower)
    • Premier Pass Check-in line and Gear Check
    • Access to the Premier Pass Line (No waiting in line to continue your challenge)
    • Vertical Mile Challengers will be recognized during the event
    • Vertical Mile Challengers who complete the vertical mile will receive a special finisher's t-shirt
    • The individual with the fastest combined time will be recognized
    • Finishers will receive a certificate of completion mailed after the event

    Vertical Mile Challenge Registration


  • Vertical Mile / Premier Pass Combo
    This combination packages the Vertical Mile together with all the benefits of the Premier Pass at a discount!

    » $250.00 Registration (through 2/15 at 12:00 PM US/Central)
    Vertical Mile / Premier Pass Combo Registration


  • Virtual Registration – Light
    Join the virtual Trek Challenge! Does not include a T-shirt or access to the in-person event at the tower.

    » $25.00 Virtual Registration (through 2/18 at 12:00 AM US/Central)
    Virtual Light Registration


  • Virtual Registration – Premium
    Join the virtual Trek Challenge! Includes a T-shirt and shipping, but does not include access to the in-person event.

    » $43.00 Virtual Registration (through 2/18 at 12:00 AM US/Central)
    Virtual Premium Registration



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About the Event

40 floors, 870 steps, 633 feet in the sky

Saturday, February 18, 2023
First National Tower
1620 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE

Trek Up the Tower is the region’s leading vertical stair climb. A community event presented by The Wellbeing Partners, Trek Up the Tower supports The Wellbeing Partners' mission to build wellbeing into the way our communities and businesses grow through advocacy, collaboration, and education.

Participants race to the top of First National Tower in downtown Omaha in this competitive, yet fun event. Trek is ideal for all fitness levels and attracts everyone from elite athletes who race to the top, to participants who are looking to accomplish a personal goal as they climb the stairs slow and steady.

Trek Up the Tower Rules

How it Works
Participants register for a specific start time and are released into the stairwell approximately every five seconds. Water breaks and medical aid are available throughout the climb and participant medals are awarded on the 40th floor. The post-event celebration includes complimentary refreshments, a vendor fair, music and photos.

Trek Up the Tower is a competitive, yet fun community event. Please be respectful of other participants and the First National Tower campus. To ensure a safe and fun event, please follow the event rules outlined below:

  • All participants must be 16 years or older to climb by 02/18/2023.
  • Participants may climb the Tower only once. Additional treks may be purchased by registering for the Premier Pass or Vertical Mile Challenge categories.
  • Participants under the age of 18 are required to have a parent or guardian sign an electronic waiver at time of registration, and sign and return a hardcopy Minor Waiver and Medical Release form to sheilah@thewellbeingpartners.org. Participants under the age of 18 will not be able to participate if a Minor Waiver and Medical Release form is not received by day of event.
  • No backpacks, suitcases, or personal bags allowed. Any unattended items will be confiscated and discarded. Complimentary Gear Check is provided.
  • Coats must be checked in. Complimentary Gear Check is provided.
  • No spectators inside the First National Tower.
  • Participants will not be allowed to enter First National Tower prior to selected check-in time.
  • Participants will enter First National Tower and check in at South Lobby Entrance (16th Street).
  • Participants will exit First National Tower via the West Wintergarden doors (17th Street).
  • If participating in costume, the following items are not allowed: masks, face paint, weapons or replica weapons, large instruments, capes or scarves lower than the back of the knee, loose materials such as beads marbles, rubber balls, etc. on the costume, flip-flops or sandals (appropriate running, tennis or athletic shoes only)



Start Times
Trek Up the Tower officially begins at 7:00 a.m. However, you must select a check-in time upon completing your registration. Check-in times are in 15-minute intervals beginning at 7:00 a.m. for Elite Pass Qualifiers, Premier Pass, and Vertical Mile registrants. All other start times begin at 8:00 a.m.

Premier Pass and Vertical Mile participants may begin checking in at 7:00 a.m. Elite Pass qualifiers are highly encouraged to select an early check-in time slot. All other participants will begin checking in at 8:00 a.m. The final check-in time is 11:00 a.m. A limited number of participants are allowed per time slot and slots will close once they are full.

Please arrive to First National Tower at your designated check-in time. You will not be allowed to check-in prior to your selected check-in time. Participants will be able to leave their personal items at Gear-Check, and then proceed to the start line. Participants will be admitted into the stairwell individually every five to six seconds. A line is to be expected, but it does move quickly.

The Venue
The Wellbeing Partners thanks our Presenting Sponsor, First National Bank, for generously hosting the 2023 Trek Up the Tower.
First National Tower, downtown Omaha
1620 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE

Grow Your Trek Up The Tower Team

Grab your coworkers and friends and build a Corporate or Community Trek Up the Tower team. Participating in fitness events like Trek Up the Tower is a great way to build camaraderie, elevate your wellness program and have fun!

Trek Up the Tower is perfect for all fitness levels; so whether you are an avid exercise enthusiast or just getting started, Trek is the perfect team-building activity.

Coming soon: Download resources to help recruit team members including:

  • Official Trek Up the Tower poster
  • Trek Up the Tower toolkit which includes language that can be used in promotional emails and social media posts, and a sample communications timeline
  • Team Building Challenges
  • Implementation and Planning Sheet
  • Trek logo and other theme related graphics

Trek Up the Tower Participant Categories

Trek Up the Tower has something for everyone. You are welcome to join as an individual or as part of a corporate or community team.

Vertical Mile Challenge
Ready for the ultimate Trek challenge? Climb up the tower 10 and 1/3 times to complete one vertical mile.
Registration Fee: $150

Benefits

  • Different color of participant Bib Number
  • Participant t-shirt, towel, and finisher's medal
  • Fast Pass (No waiting in line to climb the stairs)
  • Individuals who complete the Vertical Mile will be recognized on the website
  • Finisher's prize



Post Event Recognition
Finishers will receive a certificate of completion mailed after the event

Please note, there is not an early bird discount or The Wellbeing Partners member rate for the Vertical Mile Challenge.

Premier Pass
Enhance your overall race day experience and get the opportunity to make up to 10 trips up the tower. Premier Passes are open to a limited number of 40 participants.
Registration Fee: $125

Benefits


  • Participant t-shirt, towel, and finisher's medal
  • Different color of participant Bib Number
  • Up to 10 times going up the tower
  • VIP Parking Pass
  • Premier Pass Check-in line and Gear Check
  • Fast Pass (No waiting in line to climb the stairs)
  • Individuals who complete the Trek multiple times will be recognized on the website



Please note, there is not an early bird discount or The Wellbeing Partners member rate for the Premier Pass.

Individual Registration
Participants may choose to join a team during registration, allowing their times to contribute to that team's overall success, but joining a team is not required. Team participants are still eligible for individual awards and recognition.

  • The Wellbeing Partners Members-only Registration, Oct. 15 to Oct. 31: $50
  • Early Bird Registration, Oct. 22 to Nov. 5: $55
  • General Registration, Nov. 6th, until filled: $60



Elite Pass
Participants who meet the criteria below will receive priority seeding and may select a start time between 7:00 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. Standard registration rates apply.

  • Male: Prior Trek Up the Tower time of seven minutes or less.
  • Female: Prior Trek Up the Tower time of eight minutes or less.



Create A Team
Participating as a team is a great way to connect and make memories with friends, family, and coworkers! In order to register as part of a team, a team captain must first complete the Create Your Team registration to add the team name to the roster. Teams can be created as either a Corporate or Community team.

  • Corporate teams offer employers a great way to unite their employees and/or families on a single team. Corporate teams compete for the Corporate Team Champion Award in two divisions: Corporate Team Small Business (1 to 100 Employees) and Corporate Team Large Business (101+ Employees). Awards are given to the team with the best average time of their top five co-ed finishers. Two out of the five participants must be of the opposite gender and must be EMPLOYEES of the company. The top three corporate teams will be recognized.
  • Community teams enable groups to participate as a team. Past teams have included running clubs, students, families, church groups and many others. An award will be given to the team with the best average time of their top five finishers.



For those who want to incentivize registration for your team, companies and team captains can request a Discount Code. to help pay your teammates' or employees' registration fees. You choose whether you would like to cover the full cost of registration or just a portion.
Invoices will be sent following the event, so you only pay for codes used.

Awards

First and foremost, Trek Up the Tower is about enjoying fitness in a fun way!

We know you work hard and we want to help you celebrate your accomplishment. All finishers will receive a commemorative medal on the 40th floor.

For participants looking for a more competitive environment, we offer a variety of awards in age, gender, and team categories.

Celebrate in Style: Award Medals
All participants who reach the 40th Floor will receive a commemorative medal at the top of the First National Tower (T-shirts are distributed at the Post Party in the Wintergarden).
Prizes
For those looking to make their mark in stair-climbing history, cash awards will be presented in the following individual categories:

  • Top Three Male and Female finishers overall
  • Male and Female “Masters” prize for the Top Male and Top Female over the age of 40
  • Top male and female individual with the fastest combined time (for all 10 and 1/3 trips) in the Vertical Mile Challenge



Age Categories for Certificates
Certificates will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each age category:
16-18
19-24
25-29
30-34
35-39
40-44
45-49
50-54
55-59
60-64
65-69
70 and Over

Verbal Recognition
Individuals who make the Trek multiple times will be listed on the Trek Up the Tower website.
Winners of the different categories will be posted and announced once the final participant has completed the race at approximately 11:30 a.m. Join us at the Post Party in the Wintergarden.

Corporate and Community Team Challenge
There are two Corporate Team Divisions:

  • Corporate Team Small Business (1 to 100 Employees)
    The best average time of the top four finishers (two participants must be of the opposite sex) of each team will determine the winners in the team category. To win the Corporate Team Small Business category, the top four (4) qualifying times must be from paid employees of the business.
  • Corporate Team Large Business (101+ Employees)
    The best average time of the top six finishers (three participants must be of the opposite sex) of each team will determine the winners in the team category. To win the Corporate Team Large business category, the top six (6) qualifying times must be from paid employees of the business.



Community Team Challenge
The best average time of the top five finishers, (two participants must be of the opposite sex) will determine the winning team in this category. The Community Team Challenge is perfect for students, families, church groups, or any other community group.

Post Party
Join us for food, music and vendors in the First National Tower Wintergarden.

  • Celebrate with fellow Trekkers
  • Chat with exhibitors at our vendor fair
  • Pick up your event T-shirt
  • Enjoy refreshments and music
  • Snag a photo with your shiny new medal!



Winners of the different categories will be posted and announced once the final participant has completed the race at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

Overview
Does Trek support a charitable cause?
Yes. Trek Up the Tower supports The Wellbeing Partners, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to community and worksite wellness. Registration fees help cover the cost of the event and support The Wellbeing Partners' mission. A portion of the entry fee is tax deductible.

What are vertical stair climbs?
Held across the globe, vertical stair climbs are rising in popularity. Like Trek Up the Tower, many take place within a skyscraper; some are held outdoors in stadiums and even up ski slopes. They are a creative way to test your endurance and participate in a community wellness event.

How tall is the tower?
The First National Tower consists of 40 floors and 870 steps. The tower extends 633 feet into the sky and is the tallest building between Denver and Chicago.

Are there sponsorship opportunities?
There are several opportunities to sponsor Trek Up the Tower. To learn more, please visit the Sponsorships page or contact The Wellbeing Partners at 402-934-5795 or info@thewellbeingpartners.org.

Registration Categories
Is this an individual or team event?
Both. Individuals can choose to join a team during registration which allows their time to contribute to that team's overall success but it is not required. Team participants are still eligible for individual recognition and awards.

What is a premier pass?
Premier Pass holders receive VIP benefits such as an express line to the stairwell, the opportunity to climb the tower up to 10 times, and more. Learn more.

What is the Vertical Mile Challenge?
This category is for Trekkers looking for an added challenge. Participants will climb the tower 10 and 1/3 times, or one vertical mile, to complete the challenge.

What is an Elite Pass?
Participants whose past Trek performance meets the criteria below are eligible for the Elite Pass which allows them access to earlier check in times.
[ulist][*] Male: Prior Trek Up the Tower time of seven minutes or less.
[*]Female: Prior Trek Up the Tower time of eight minutes or less.[/ulist]


Registration
Is there an age limit?
You must be 16 years of age or older by 02/18/2023 to participate.

Is the event open to the public or just The Wellbeing Partners members?
Trek Up the Tower is open to the public. The Wellbeing Partners members have the opportunity to register early at a discounted rate.

How do I register as a team captain?
Click on the "Create a Team" registration category and simply follow the instructions. This registration must be completed in order to allow people to join your team during their registration process. Team Captains who want to participate in Trek Up the Tower must also fill out an individual registration after finishing the "Create a Team" registration.

Are refunds available if I need to cancel?
There are no refunds for this event.

What is included in registration?
Each participant will receive a T-shirt and a finisher's medal upon completion. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. The Post Party also features refreshments, music, a vendor fair and photographs.

Can companies and team captains cover a portion of the registration fees?
Absolutely. Providing a financial incentive for your employees or teammates to participate is a great way to grow your team and show your support for community wellness. Request your Discount Code online. You can choose to cover a portion of the registration fee or the entire amount. Contact The Wellbeing Partners at 402-934-5795 or info@thewellbeingpartners.org for more information.

Can we make the trek more than once?
Yes. We have several options available for individuals looking to make the journey multiple times.
- Premier Passes are available for $125 and allow you to climb the Tower up to 10 times during the event. The number of climbs must be designated prior to the event.
-The Vertical Mile Challenge is a unique competition that allows you to make 10 and 1/3 trips up the tower, which equals one vertical mile.


Training
Can we practice at the tower before the event?
No, unfortunately we cannot allow participants to use the stairs in the tower before the day of the event.

Is there a recommended training regimen?
Yes. Training options are available at trekupthetower.org.

Logistics
Where do I check in for the event?
Participant Check-In will be in the Main Lobby of First National Tower located at 16th and Dodge Street Entrance. Please view the event map for additional details.

Is gear check available?
Gear Check will be provided to all participants where they can store their personal belongings and pick them up at the completion. Participants are requested not to bring extra items. Coats, shoes, keys, phones, etc. must be checked in after entering the building. Bags (purses, backpacks, duffles, suitcases, etc.) are not allowed. A small bag will be provided at gear check for your belongings.

What parking is available?
Parking expenses are the responsibility of the participant and will not be reimbursed. Parking is available throughout downtown Omaha.

Is Medical/First Aid available?
Yes, emergency response teams will be located on various floors throughout the tower.

Are there water stations during the event?
Yes, water stations will be set up on various floors throughout the tower. Participants may also step off to the side and rest if needed.

Are results available online?
Results are available following the conclusion of the event. View previous year results: 2020 results 2019 results 2018 results

Can my family and friends attend as a spectator?
Trek Up the Tower is not a spectator event. Due to event logistics and space requirements, attendance is limited to event staff and participants only.

How will we get down?
Participants will use the elevators to return to the ground floor. Participants will not be allowed to use the stairs to descend.

Do we have a chance to look around once we reach the top?
Yes, a few minutes will be given to each participant once they reach the top to look out the windows.

Volunteer
Are there volunteer opportunities?
Yes, we have several opportunities available for volunteers. Learn more. Volunteers receive a t-shirt and a $15 discount code to use during registration if they wish to participate in the event.

Can I volunteer and participate?
Yes. Volunteers are encouraged to also participate in the event. You must register separately to volunteer and to participate. Once you are successfully registered to volunteer you will receive a conformation email with your $15 discount code. Please use this discount code when you register to participate in Trek Up the Tower

Where should I park as a volunteer? Does it cost money to park?
Parking expenses are the responsibility of the volunteer and will not be reimbursed. Parking is available throughout downtown Omaha including metered street parking and parking garages.

Can I register to volunteer in more than one category?
Many of the volunteer categories overlap during the event so it makes it difficult to volunteer for more than one category. We recommend you register for only one volunteer category per date.

What do I get for volunteering?
In addition to a free volunteer t-shirt and $15 discount code, you also get fun, friends, and the satisfaction of helping at an incredible event!

About The Wellbeing Partners

The Wellbeing Partners is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to improve community and worksite wellness efforts throughout the Midwest. Learn more.

The mission of The Wellbeing Partners is to build wellbeing into the way our communities and businesses grow through advocacy, collaboration, and education.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you looking for an opportunity to promote your brand to thousands of individuals who are interested in health and wellness? Trek Up the Tower offers a number of sponsorship packages to help showcase your brand. Contact The Wellbeing Partners at 402-934-5795 or info@thewellbeingpartners.org to learn about all the sponsorship opportunities.

Act early to increase your exposure during our busy registration period!

Benefits of Sponsoring Trek Up the Tower
- Omaha's premier indoor/winter racing event for 16 years and running
- 74 percent of participants are from corporate/community teams
- Thousands visit the event website leading up to the event
- Nearly 2,000 racers climb the tower
- Average participant age is 39 years old

Exhibit at the Trek Up the Tower Post Party
The Trek Up the Tower Post Party is the perfect opportunity to network with hundreds of wellness enthusiasts following the event. Join us for food, music and vendors in the First National Tower Wintergarden.

Exhibit Information: Exhibit at the Post Party

Questions?

For event-related questions, please click on the Contact the Organizers button on the left-hand side of this page.


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