February 26 - Race Report: Scale The Strat  - Las Vegas -  US National Championships

The 2017 US championship at the Stratosphere was another spectacular event. With a very strong field lining up the question on everyone’s mind was, would the course record of 7:05 be broken after years of assaults by the very best climbers? Race fans were not disappointed, as canadian Shaun Stephens-Whale won, setting a new record with a time of 7:03.  Coming in second was US climber Justin Stewart with a 7:27, and rounding out the podium was Ralf Hascher (GER) with a 7:34. Filling out the second men’s podium was world #8 Gustavo Isaac Mendoza (MEX) in 7:39, US points champion Alex Workman in 7:45, and Florida powerhouse Thomas Scott in 8:03.

On the women’s side, the astounding Cindy Harris continued her amazing year, cruising to victory with a 8:30.  In second place, fresh off her incredible debut at empire was Meg Santanna with a 9:34.  In third was Julie-Rae Steinmeyer with a 10:09.  In fourth place was Christine Soskins.  Fresh off breaking the old men’s course record at Utah’s 6 hour climb less than a day earlier, she put down an excellent time of 10:30. Finishing off the second podium was Seattle’s Amy Brown with a 10:35 and local Jessica Pickett with a 10:35. With 617 finishers the race set new records for number of participants and funds raised for the American Lung Association.

February 21 - Announcement of Valtellina Vertical Tube Race - Sondrio

The Towerrunning 80 race will be held at Valtellina Tube ( Sondrio ) on Saturday April 8, 2017. Valtellina Vertical Tube race will see athletes climb “the toughest Kilometer of the World”. The race consists of 2713 steps, for a total climb of 500 meters altitude and an exact distance of 880 meters.

There will be 4 200 Euro in prize money waiting for the best runners. Prize money will be distributed to male and female athletes as follows:1st - 500 Euro, 2nd - 400 Euro, 3rd - 300 Euro, 4th - 250 Euro, 5th - 200 Euro, 6th – 150 Euro7th – 100 Euro, 8th – 100 Euro, 9th – 50 Euro, 10th – 50 Euro

TWA and the organizer of Valtellina Vertical Tube race are pleased to announce travel packages for 4 athletes comprising of 2 nights accommodation including breakfast and free race registration for further 10 athletes.  Travel packages will be awarded to TWA registered athletes with TOP 50 ranking. Interested athletes can apply from February 22 until March 1, 2017, 10 pm  CET
 by emailing and

February 18 - Race Report Towerrunning 120 – Dubai M1 Run   Gallery coming

The 3rd M1 Run took place on 18th February in Dubai with a total of 198 runners competing including a number of high-ranking TWA athletes. In the men's race (136 competitors) the course record (7:06) was broken by Piotr Lobodzinski in 6:33 with 2nd place going to 2016 race winner Anouar El Ghouz 20 seconds behind in 6:53. The men's podium was completed by Abdelali Bouazzaoui in 7:13. In the women's race (62 competitors) the course record (8:48) was also broken with Euliter Jepchirchir Tanui crossing the line in 8:45 to break the record by just 3 seconds. Close behind in the runner's up position was Lenka Svabikova in 8:50. The final position on the ladies' podium was taken by 2016 race winner Natalia Sedykh in 9:09.

The race was well organised with all competitors collecting their race bibs and timing chips from the hotel reception on the morning of the race. The race started on time with groups of runners being released 4 at a time to avoid the stairwell becoming congested. The first part of the race consisted of running up the first 7 floors of the hotel car park (1.2 km) before joining the stairwell and racing up ca. 700 steps to the 42nd floor. There was prize money for the top 3 men and women and also prizes for the fastest under 25 man and under 25 woman and also prizes for the master's categories (over 50).

February 1 - Announcement of Towerrunning Trial 60 Dallas Vert Mile - Reunion Tower 
Due to organizational changes at Towerrunning USA the application is extended until Feb 28

The first Towerrunning Trial 60 race ever in USA will be held at Reunion Tower in Dallas on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Dallas Vert Mile will see athletes climb  850 stairs and 144 meters to finish at the observation deck on the 50th floor. The sprint race will count as Towerrunning Trial 60 for the TWA ranking. There will be also 3 lap and 12 lap races not evaluated for the TWA ranking.

Dallas Vert Mile is pleased to announce free race registration to 20 Elite athletes as follows: 4 international slots for TWA-registered athletes with a Top 50 ranking according to the January 2017 TWA ranking update; a further 14 slots (7 male and 7 female) to top ranked TWA-registered USA athletes according to Towerrunning USA rankings at the end of the application period; and a further 2 slots to other TWA-registered competitive athletes based on performance at recent stair climbing races. Interested athletes can apply until February 28, 2017 at 10pm CET. International slots: emailing and
USA slots: emailing Zivadin Zivkovic, President of Towerrunning USA at

Not TWA-registered athlete please complete the registration process at Selected elite athletes will not enter via the event’s online registration system. Successful applicants will be notified.

February 1 – Race Report:  Empire State Building Run Up - New York        Video

It was a momentous evening in New York on Wednesday night with the 40th anniversary of the Empire State Building Run Up, the oldest and one of the most iconic tower races in the world.  Runners climbed up the famous building’s 1,576 steps to the 86th floor observatory, 326m above the ground.  It was a night of firsts as Walsham dominated the women’s field to record an historic 8th title, the most by any athlete, while in the men’s elite, Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) scored a momentous maiden victory.

In a change to previous editions, it was the men’s elite who set off first.  The field was strong with last year’s winner Darren Wilson (AUS) returning, in-form Canadian Shaun Stephens-Whale, previous winner Sproule Love (USA), and of course Towerrunning World champion Piotr Lobodzinski, competing in New York for the first time.  Wilson was fresh off a victory in the AON Tower in Chicago on Sunday, and despite a close battle until the 72nd floor, Lobodzinski proved too strong in the final stages to take the victory in 10:31, with Wilson 12 seconds behind in 10:43. “The race was really really tough but I continued to push hard and it is so great to come here for the first time and win this famous race” smiled Lobodzinksi.  Stephens-Whale continued his good form to place third in 11:04.

In the women’s race, expectation had been building all week for Walsham’s record attempt at an 8th victory, and she did not disappoint, leading from the start and pulling away mid-race to record a fast 12:11, her second fastest time ever. “I am so thrilled to have such a strong race and win here again” beamed Walsham “It’s amazing to think I now have 8 victories.” Cindy Harris (USA), who has incredibly competed in 20 editions of the race, 15 on the podium, continued her good form coming second in 13:11, while Meg Santanna (USA) achieved her first podium position in the race placing third in 13:51.

In addition to the elite races, there were also special heats for the media, celebrities, New York City Real Estate brokers, Marmot, firefighters and athletes from the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), including Roseann Sdoia who lost part of her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing and completed the race with her fiancé firefighter.

February 1 – Top 6 Empire State Building Run Up - New York

1 Suzanne Walsham(AUS) 12:11 - record 8th win
2 Cindy Harris (USA) 13:15 - record 15th podium
3 Meg Santanna (USA) 13:51
4 Shari Klarfeld (USA) 14:01
5 Stephanie Hucko (USA) 14:19
6 Christine Soskins (USA) 14:22

1 Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) 10;31
2 Darren Wilson (AUS) 10:43
3 Shaun Stephens-Whale (CAN) 11:04
4 Sproule Love (USA) 11:41
5 Gustavo Isaac Mendoza (MEX) 11:46
6 Fabio Ruga (ITA) 11:50

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