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July 8:  Announcement Towerrunning Tour Final 2018  - November 25 - Shanghai - Shanghai Tower          

TWA is proud to announce the second Towerrunning Tour Final since the new Race categories came into life. On Sunday, November 25, 2018 the Towerrunning Tour Final 2018 will be staged at the amazing Shanghai Tower..It is the second tallest building in the world with a height of 632 meters. The runners will climb exactly 119 floors, 3398 stairs and 552 meters !!!
TWA has signed a three year contract with the Shanghai Tower management to host the Final at the second tallest building in the world until 2020. That means the Towerrunning Tour will finish in November and the year end TWA ranking will be the November one. The 2019 Towerrunning Tour will start in December 2018 and finish with Towerrunning Tour Final 2019 in November 2019.

Invitation process for the Towerrunning Tour Final 2018 will be run by the Towerrunning World Association. The 16 invitations will be awarded to the TOP 8 athletes in the TWA October 2018 ranking ( male / female ). If some of the invitated runners decline their invitation, they will go to the next runner according to October ranking.

All invited runners will get 600 Euro travel reimbursement, 2 nights of accomodation including breakfast and free race entry.

Prize money for the TOP 6 male / female athletes:
1st place 2300 Euro / 2nd place 1800 Eur / 3rd place 1300 Euro /
4th place 800 Euro / 5th place 500 Euro / 6th place – 300 Euro

The Towerrunning Tour Final 2018 is in the Towerruning 200 Race Category. The Towerrunning Tour Final 2018 is a regular Towerrunning Tour event and will be the last race considered for the TWA 2018 ranking. Note, that the Changsha (Final 2017)  points will be removed then. Ranking points are awarded to all competitors. All TWA registered athletes can take part in the Tour Final race and will get a free race entry and a spot in the Elite category. More information will follow closer to the race date.



July 4 -  Announcement Towerrunning 160  BB Sep 8  Brno    Bratislava   

Following the successful staging of the 2017 Towerrunning 160 race ,a similar race format will again apply for this year’s Towerrunning 160 race.  Unique to the Towerrunning Tour calendar, the event will see athletes compete this time in two races in two different countries and while the height of the towers favour the shorter distance specialists, backing up to travel and race day after day adds a certain challenge and complexity to the competition. 

Due to unfinished construction we have to skip the Donauturm race in Vienna this year.  First race will be in Czech republic on Saturday 8th September in the morning up the 700 steps of Brno’s AZ Tower, the country’s tallest building; while the final thrilling race on Saturday 8th September afternoon will be up the challenging 430 steps of UFO Tower in Bratislava, Slovakia. This means the race will be decided on Saturday with two races!!!  Runners will score points at each event, with the overall highest point scorers vying for a share of the 2 000 Euro prize pool.  Prize money will be distributed to male and female winners as follows:
1st – EUR 500   2nd – EUR 300  3rd – EUR 200

Race organizers and TWA are pleased to offer 12 travel packages comprising 100 Euro travel reimbursement, 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast, transport between races, and free race entry ( not eligible for Austrian, Czech and Slovak athletes ). Travel packages will be awarded to TOP 50 ( July 2018 ) ranked TWA registered athletes using the official TWA elite application system. Interested athletes can apply from Wednesday 4 July until Sunday 5 August, 2018, 10pm Central Europe Time by emailing president@towerrunning.com and sport@towerrunning.com.

Another 20 travel packages for TWA registered athletes are also available to purchase as follows: 150 Euro for 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast or 200 Euro for 3 nights’ accommodation with breakfast.  Both packages also include free race entry and bus transport between races. Interested athletes can apply from Wednesday 4th July until Sunday 19th August, 2018, 10pm Central Europe Time by emailing president@towerrunning.com or dcecetka@stormpromo.sk. Athletes applying for travel packages do not need to register for individual events. 

Non elite runners can register at http://my3.raceresult.com/99568/info?lang=en, from 1st July until 2nd September, 2018.



July 3 -  Announcement for SkyRise Chicago on Nov 4    

One of the tallest indoor stair climbs in the world will be held up the soaring Willis Tower in Chicago on Sunday, November 4h, 2018.  SkyRise Chicago, a Towerrunning 80 race and WFGT Towerrunning Challenge event will see athletes climb 2,115+ stairs and 1,353+ ft to finish at SkyDeck Chicago on the 103rd floor. Like last year due to construction there are 2 bonus floors ! The event is expected to attract more than 3,000 participants and raise more than $USD 1 million for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

SkyRise Chicago is pleased to announce free registration to 40 elite athletes as follows: 5 international slots for TWA-registered athletes with a Top 30 ranking according to the June 2018 TWA rankings; a further 30 slots (15 male and 15 female) to top ranked TWA-registered USA athletes according to Towerrunning USA rankings at the end of the application period; and a further 5 slots to other TWA-registered competitive athletes based on recent performance.  Interested athletes can apply from  July 1st  until July 31st, 2018 at 10pm CET.              
        International slots: emailing president@towerrunning.com and sport@towerrunning.com.
        USA slots: emailing Zivadin Zivkovic, President of Towerrunning USA at ztowerrunning@gmail.com
If you are not TWA-registered please complete the registration process at  www.towerrunning.com/athletes. Selected elite athletes will not enter via the event’s online registration system but by special procedure



June 3 - Race Report:  Carrera Towerrunning Challenge Torre Latino - Mexico City       

Torre Latino is an iconic building in downtown Mexico City. Built in 1956 it was the first skyscraper in Latin America and is a worthy venue for the yearly final of the Mexican Towerrunning series. Athletes have to climb 42 floors with 720 stairs and almost 500 took the challenge again on June 3. The race traditionally is part of the TWA Towerrunning Tour and the World Federation of Great Towers Towerrunning Challenge. There are invitations for elite athletes and price money not only for the fastest overall racers, but for Master and Veteran categories too. Another great aspect about this event and making it unique is, that challenged athletes are an important part of the competition and of course children are racing too.

There was no surprise in the male race. The Colombian favourite Frank Nicolas Carreno, one month ago Bronze medalist at the Taipei World Championships defended his title. His 3:32 made him undisputed champion again. More excitement was in the race for the runner up spot and  another Carreno took it. Frank's brother Wilmer was the lucky one narrowly beating Görge Heimann from Germany, who after some near misses in previous years finally managed a podium spot.. An unwanted touch of dramatics was added, as last year's runner up Alexis Trujillo was hindered by a closed door on his climb. By general agreement he was allowed a second try, but nearly missed a podium spot then. 

No new names but a new record at the females. Mexican Rocio Carrera defended her title with a time of 4:41.  US Towerrunning legend Cindy Harris for the 3rd year in a row had to be content with the runner up spot. The podium was completed by another Mexican, Araceli Castillo. Looking at the other categories we note a couple win by Rosa Maria Gonzalez Torres and Ignacio Manrique in Masters and Veterans divisions respectively. Special applause to the achievements of some visually impaired athletes and to double leg amputee Michel Munoz climbing the tower with his hands !

Like in the past three years we experienced a great event, organized in the proven way by Pedro Fossas representing the tower and Roberto Velezquez, President of Towerrunning Mexico, with his team. 
Like always there is excellent picture coverage catching the atmosphere by official pictures as well as by those of  James Harris.



May 26 - Race Report Subida Vertical Gran Hotel Bali - Benidorm          Video

Christian Riedl and Wafiya Benali winners at Gran Hotel Bali

Only 6 days after Christian Riedl won the competition in Shenzhen, he took another winner trophy home in his bag. With a time of 4:23 minutes he reached the roof of the Gran Hotel Bali in Benidorm. The view on the top of the beautiful spanish coast was certainly the payback for the hundreds of steps of hard work before. In an unbelieveable time of 4:34 minutes, another German runner, Görge Heimann, reached the 2nd position before the Slovak Stefan Stefina. Heimann, who is going to turn 50 years young in October, improved his previous time by 11 seconds, Stefina by 1 second.

In the female category the Moroccan Wafiya Benali, who also loves to participate on street races, set the new course record in 5:43 minutes. Lenka Svabikova followed her with a gap of 15 seconds. The spanish runner Maria Beltran Toledo remained true to the towerrunning sport. She came in 2 seconds faster than in 2017. All other athletes also fought hard for their best outcome and to conquer the 936 steps.

Haki Doku  from Albania, chose to take another stair challenge with his wheelchair. After he had done, for instance in the past Frankfurt’s Messeturm, he was ready for the hotel Bali. He „rolled“ down from the top in 18:14 minutes. This shows will power is the key to success. It is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets.

The 15th version of Subida Vertical at Grand Hotel Bali denoted a new participant record in 2018. This competition definitely remains something special for all international athletes. Thanks to Miqel Tortosa and his team the race has established itself as one of the highlights of the Towerrunning Tour and would be a perfect venue for a championship tournament.

A sideeffect of Christian Riedl's wins and Piotr Lobodzinski's absence both in Benidorm and Shenzhen was, that both athletes now are on tie points in the ranking ! Due to less number of races Christian climbed the top spot after a five year continuous reign of Piotr. 

RH



May 20 - Race Report PAFC International Vertical Marathon Masters - Shenzhen - PingAn Finance Centre  

The recently finished 599m office building is the world's 4th highest skyscraper at the moment. A great venue for an exciting race, where athletes had to climb 116 floors on 3201 stairs from ground to the observation desk making 541m altitude. An excellent international field lined up in the afternoon of a very hot and sunny day with outside temperature of 33° and high humidity. These conditions made even the prerace warm up a tiring business and some athletes from cooler parts of the world described this indoor event as a "heat race" !

Another additional challenge lay in the track stairography - on the way to the top at the 8 refuge floors runners had to change stairwells on relatively long flat intersections. For some athletes a welcome break from continuous climbing, others did not like these sections, which in sum might have added another 2 minutes to an already very long race time ! But the reward on top for the 300 participants was an amazing view on this clear day.

Business as usual in the female race. This was the 3rd big race on continous weekens for Suzy Walsham, but the new crowned Towerrunning World Champion in 22:51 added another clear win to her long success list. Runner up was Muhua Jian from China and US legend Cindy Harris completed the podium. Home athlete Qinglan Zhou placed 4th followed by Italian legend Cristina Bonacina and Mexican Maria Elisa Lopez.

One man was unbeatable in the male race. With 19:28 in absence of Piotr Lobodzinski the Vice World Champion Christian Riedl from Germany was the only one with a finishing time under 20 minutes. But the race for runner up spot was very very narrow - a mere 11 seconds made the difference between ranks 2 to 5 ! Qinhua Liu from China was the lucky one on 2nd followed by German Goerge Heimann (like in Taipei same rank for him as for equally "young" Cindy Harris !). The two others narrowly repressed from the podium were Japan's Ryoji Watanabe and Wenbo Zheng from China. Another Chinese athlete, Wei Chen, placed 6th followed by  Michal Kovac from Slovakia and a not fully fit Wai Ching Soh from Malaysia.

Thanks to perfect organization it was a spectacular race at a very challenging venue and we hope for a repeat next year !



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