• Posted:Thursday, November 5, 2009
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Take on Berlin's Tower Run

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Take on Berlin's Tower Run
Overdone it a little at Christmas? Feel like you need to shed a few unwanted turkey-related pounds? Can't quite do the top button of your jeans up? If this sounds like you, then worry no more because I have the ideal suggestion for people wanting to lose the love handles they've gained by indulging a bit too much over the festive season. If you're in a Berlin hostel in January, I highly recommend you sign up for the Tower Run - although you might want to get in a bit of practice at home first.

Event guide Whatsonwhen says it takes place each year in the south-east corner of Berlin, in the IDEAL-Hochhaus - Germany's tallest residential building - and involves a group of people, hungry for the win, running up all 29 stories and 465 stairs.

Sounds like the perfect way to get rid of unwanted holiday weight to me - not only do you get some much needed exercise but you also get a vacation out of it and there's a whole city to explore once you're done with the run.

If this does tickle your pickle and you're planning how you're going to afford to get to Berlin already, then you should set aside between €4 (£3.60) and €9 for your race entry fee - although if you only plan to spectate, don't worry as you can watch people pound their way through the pain for free.

If you're already in the city, don't forget to check out some of the celebrations going on at the moment to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Certainly to my mind, the planned tribute to its collapse - the toppling of 1,000 2.5-metre high dominos which have been laid out along the wall's original route - is not one to miss.

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