Vertical Rush is the UK’s original, tallest, toughest tower-running challenge. The event takes place at Tower 42 in the City of London, with 2,000 runners racing up 920 steps (42 floors) of one of London’s tallest buildings.
I want to fundraise online. How do I do this?
Fundraising online is quick, easy and one of the most effective ways to fundraise. When you register there is an option for automatic online fundraising set up, so you can register and set up your fundraising page in one go. We strongly recommend you take this option and set up your fundraising page straightaway.
Online donations on your page will automatically be sent to Shelter.
How do I make the most of my online fundraising?
The sooner you set up your fundraising page, the more sponsorship you will raise.
Set up your page today and check out our fundraising advice. Set my page up now
What support can I expect from Shelter?
Shelter will support you every step of the way. We will be in touch regularly with training advice, information about Shelter and the event, fundraising support, a t-shirt to wear when training and on race day itself, and of course lots of support and encouragement on the day, including a celebratory post-race reception.
How do I train for Vertical Rush?
You will need to ensure you have a basic level of fitness before attempting Vertical Rush. If in doubt, your local gym or GP will be able to advise you. Check out our training page
Do I have to run all the way?
No. This event is open to people of all abilities. If you need or want to walk then we are happy for you to do so. Participants will set off in waves so the stairwell will never get too crowded. People who are running will easily be able to pass those who are walking. However we do ask you start towards the back of the wave if you are intending to walk the whole way.
How long will it take me?
Depending on your fitness level it could take as little as 5 to 7 minutes, or it could be longer. The average time in 2013 was 9 minutes and 48 seconds. All participants will be chip-timed and the results will be available on the big screen at the post-race reception. And if you give us your mobile number we’ll also send you a text with your time on the day.
Can I change my time slot?
Yes. When you register you are asked to choose a time slot. If you need to change this time we will do our best to arrange that, as long as there are places still available on your desired wave time. The deadline for changes to time slots is Monday 24 February.
I'm running with a team: do all five team members need to complete the distance?
Yes, you must all complete the whole course. Team race results are based on the total time taken by all team members.
Can I replace team members after registration is complete?
Yes, but you must let us know if you’re changing or replacing team members. We must have all runners registered; otherwise they may not be able to take part in the race due to health and safety regulations. The deadline for making changes to your team is Friday 28 February. Please confirm any changes by calling us on 0344 515 1190 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens if I need to pull out before the event?
If you have a health issue or an injury that prevents you from running, or could make it dangerous for you to take part, please don’t sign up for Vertical Rush.
If you develop an injury or health problem after signing up, please call us immediately on 0344 515 1190 or email email@example.com
What happens if I need to pull out during the event?
If you feel unwell during the event, please do not continue. There will be marshals and first aid personnel at designated levels to assist anyone who needs to stop. A full briefing will be given to all runners on the day of what to do if this situation arises.
Are there drinks stations during the event?
No. There are no drinks stations as it is dangerous to have liquid in the stairwell. There will be plenty of drinks available for all runners at the finish line and at the post-race reception.
What facilities are there for changing and storage of bags?
There will be safe bag storage available on site. However, changing facilities are limited and we would ask that you arrive in your running clothes.
How much money will the event raise and how does it help?
Our 2014 target is £578,000 which could pay to keep two Shelter housing advice service centres running for over a year, helping over 3,000 families in need.
How much money do I have to raise?
If you’re running as an individual, we ask for £180 sponsorship (plus a £40 non-refundable registration fee).
For a team of five, we ask for £800 sponsorship (plus a £200 non-refundable registration fee).
When you register, you commit to a sponsorship pledge. The pledge ensures we can provide a full programme of support and an unforgettable experience for all runners, while raising enough income for Shelter to continue our critical work ensuring a safe, secure and affordable home for everyone.
Not reaching your sponsorship pledge impacts on what we can achieve and may result in Shelter losing money - so the sponsorship commitment is an important part of participating in the event.
When do I pay the registration fee?
You pay your registration fee up front when you sign up for Vertical Rush. This is non-refundable.
When do I need to raise the money by?
The deadline for sending in all your sponsorship money is six weeks after the event - Wednesday 16 April 2014.
I have cash and cheque donations. How do I send in this money?
Cash donations should be paid into your own account; then make the equivalent donation to your online fundraising page or write a cheque and send to us. All cheques should be made payable to ‘Shelter’ and posted to: Shelter (Vertical Rush), 88 Old Street, London EC1V 9HU.
Please accompany all cheques with a note stating your full name and address and a reference to Vertical Rush.
My employer offers match giving. How do I send this to you?
You will need to agree this with your employer in advance. Once you have completed your fundraising, you will need to confirm the total raised and they will organise for the money to be sent to Shelter. You will need to ensure they provide your full name, the company name and a reference to Vertical Rush, to ensure the money is correctly attributed to you.
What happens if I don't meet the sponsorship pledge?
The Shelter events team is here to support you, and we’ll be in touch regularly with fundraising support and guidance to help you reach your target. If, however, you do fall short of the sponsorship pledge, we ask that you make up the difference yourself.