Endure 'Two Minutes of Self-Inflicted Torture' at Clifton's Straight Street Hill Climb Race

The .36 miles of Straight Street in Clifton is one of the city’s steepest inclines and the race is divided into runners, bikers and dual athletes

Straight Street Hill Climb - Photo: facebook.com/StraightStreetHC
Photo: facebook.com/StraightStreetHC
Straight Street Hill Climb

The .36 miles of Straight Street in Clifton is one of the city’s steepest inclines.

The Straight Street Hill Climb was started in 1976 by the Clifton Track and, according to its website, is “two minutes of self-inflicted torture.”

The climb is divided into a running race, a bike race and a duathlon. Need tips? They say keep breathing and don’t pass out. There are trophies for the top three in each division and an overall King and Queen.

Proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Soap Box Derby.

There will be an afterparty at Mecklenburg Gardens in Corryville with Queen City brats and metts and Wiedemann's Fine Beer. 

9 a.m. sharp Sunday, Nov. 24. $15; $20 two or three events and race-day registration. Straight Street, Clifton, straightstreethillclimb.com. *


* An earlier version of this story listed the date as Saturday, Nov. 23. That is not correct. The race is Sunday. Don't show up Saturday.