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Saturday, May 3, 2014
Duke Energy Center - 8:30 am

Race to the Top
presented by Conder Flag Company

Think you can make it back to the top? This year 750 climbers will have the chance to beat down gravity and race to the top of the Duke Energy Center's 50th floor, as they compete against the clock. This years' Race to the Top will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014, starting at 8:30 am.

Race to the Top is an event owned and operated by the Charlotte Sports Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Climber Information

Important information needed for this event:

Flight Schedule
Buiding Diagram

Event day details will be emailed out to all registered climbers one week prior to the event.

Registration & Volunteers

Participant Registration Details

Online registration is only available only for this event.

There is no paper registration due to flight times and limited space within each and there is NO race day registration. Registration closes on April 30, 2014, at 11:59 pm or when the 750 climber cap is reached. Climbers must be 13 years of age or older to participate.

New this year, a team division! There will be male, female and coed divisions. Coed division must have two males and two females.

Registration Categories & Pricing

Race Division Pricing
Race To The Top $35
First Responders Division $30
Team Division $140

Volunteer Registration Details

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Preston Lennon at

Fundraise & Donate

50 Stories | 672 Vertical Feet | 1,194 Steps | MANY MIRACLES

Once again, the Charlotte Sports Foundation is proud to partner with and support Levine Children’s Hospital.

Part of the Carolinas HealthCare System, they are a 234-bed hospital located on the main campus of Carolinas Medical Center. It is the most comprehensive facility of its type between Atlanta, Georgia and Washington D.C. Levine Children's Hospital is also home to the Ricky Hendrick Centers for Intensive Care, which support pediatric intensive and cardiovascular surgery patients. Just five years after opening, the hospital has grown to include more than 30 pediatric specialties and has received national recognition from U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Children's Hospitals".

If you can't participate, you can still contribute and support Levine Children's Hospital. Please visit the event registration page to donate.

Event Details

Packet Pick Up

Packet pickup will occur on the day of the event. All participants can arrive at their pre-registered times to check-in and receive their t-shirts, bibs, & chips. Times vary based upon flight time. View map.


A cap of 750 Climbers has been set for 2014. You must be at least 13 years of age to participate.

Race Day Information

Participant check-in will start at 7:30 am at the Duke Energy Center and be staggered based off of your flight time. Flight times are based off of your perceived level of experience with a tower run. The experience levels determine when your flight time will be.

The Course & The Race

Duke Energy Center
550 S. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Race To The Top begins at 8:30 am where each individual climber will take off every 15 seconds from the start line. The Race To The Top is a 50-floor full climb with a total of 1,194 steps. The amount of steps per floor varies throughout the building.

Race To The Top is an individually timed event where climbers will be competing against the clock for the fastest time. There will be four (4) water stops and bailout points along the course. Water, Restrooms, and Bailout.

Bailout points and water stops are located on the 14th, 26th, 34th and 50th floors

  • On the 14th and 34th floors you will have access to water fountains
  • The 26th floor will have a cooler with water cups
  • Runners will need to carefully exit the stairway and finish water before returning

A map may be located in the climber information links above.

Duke Energy Center stairwells turn to the right. While climbing, please pass on the left side only. Upon completion of the race you will be asked to turn your timing chip in and will be brought back to the main lobby via service elevators.

Only participants, staff and volunteers are permitted in the stairwells. The carrying of infants and small children up the stairs is strictly prohibited. The carrying of any objects is strictly prohibited in the stairwell including but not limited to the following:

  • iPods or music devices
  • Water bottles
  • Children
  • Water belts with removable bottles (camelpacks are acceptable)
  • Keys, cell phones, PDAs
  • Cameras (Video or still)

Emergency Situation

In the case there is emergency situation that requires medical attention or access to one of the buildings floors, please locate and activate a call box. Upon activation you will be directly connected to building security and medic. They will be able to assist you with any needs as they arise.


The top overall male and female will receive a trophy and a $250 cash prize courtesy of the Charlotte Sports Foundation. Awards will also be presented to the Fastest First Responder and the winning male, female and coed teams.

Post Race Party

8:15 am until 12:00 noon on Levine Avenue of the Arts (view map). Food, beverages, music, contests & more! You must have ID available for proof of age for alcoholic beverage consumption.


Parking is available in several places around the event. Please visit to find detailed information about parking locations. Once at the website, search the address 550 S. Tryon Charlotte, NC, to locate specific parking information. Parking meters will not be in use during the event in the Center City area.

Sponsors & Supporters

Race To The Top would like to thank all of our sponsors & supporters for being a part of this year's event!

Presenting Sponsor


Event Owner & Operator

Contact Info
For additional race details or for more information, please contact:

Chris Clouden
(704) 644-4045

Hotel Partner
We are pleased to offer a discounted rate at the Residence Inn Uptown this year. Free breakfast and high speed internet are included in the rate. Please click the link below to make your reservation.

Book your group rate: Charlotte Sports Foundation »

Destination Information
For hotel, event and travel information for Charlotte, please check out our partners at Visit Charlotte.