thyssenkrupp’s Tower Hosts Tallest Stair Race in Germany

DW reported that 700 signed up for the thyssenkrupp TOWERRUN. It took place on September 16 in Rottweil, Germany, at the company’s 246-m-tall elevator testing tower. Spanning 1,390 steps, the race began at the ground and ended 232 m up at the observation deck.

CEO Andreas Schierenbeck, an avid runner himself, also trained in the tower for the run and had planned to take part. The event even included police academy students, elite runners and team runners. More impressive, though, is the fact that firefighters “ran up the tower wearing their full gear, including heavy respirators” as part of a “stress test,” the source reported. It stresses me just thinking about it!

Truly Hydraulic Accessibility

Readers of EW History columnist Dr. Lee Gray will know that hydraulic elevators used to use water instead of oil. This unique installation at Hawaii’s Grand Wailea Resort takes that a step further, pumping 25,000 gallons per minute to make a platform float for several people. In the video above, the “What’s Inside” YouTube channel gets the VIP tour of the water park’s water elevator.

The inception of what Interesting Engineering calls “the world’s only water elevator” came out of the owner’s desire for accessibility for his son, so he could use the water park. What’s not to love about that?!

If you liked this, you’ll also enjoy Interesting Engineering‘s articles on elevator concepts and designs.

How Many Lisbons Could There Be? or: Search Engine Optimization

The Portland Press Herald recently ran an Associated Press story detailing what happened when two tourists entrapped in an elevator accidentally called the wrong Lisbon police department for help. In Lisbon, Portugal, they called the first number listed online for “Lisbon Police,” which connected them with the wildly popular (or, at least, search-engine-optimized) Lisbon, Maine, police department, which serves a town of around 9,000 people, instead of the 506,900-strong metropolis in Portugal. Fortunately, despite a language barrier, the dispatcher was able to direct emergency crews to the trapped women, who were freed.

It never hurts to specify your location! According to the Library of Congress, there are at least 37 Lisbons in the U.S. alone.