November 8 - Preview SkyRise Chicago on Nov 8 - Willis Tower
This Sunday, the US city of Chicago will host the TWA Premium Race and WFGT Towerrunning Challenge up the soaring Willis Tower. Skyrise Chicago is one of the tallest stair racing climbs in the world and athletes will climb 2,109 stairs up 103 floors to the SkyDeck Chicago, 1,353ft (412m) above the ground. America’s top stair runners will be out in force, but they will be up against some top international climbers, eager to conquer America’s biggest race.
In the men’s field, TWA World Championships bronze medallist and big building specialist Darren Wilson (AUS) will start favourite, but he will face tough competition from the American contingent featuring Sproule Love, winner of the 2015 USA Championships and current Willis Tower course record holder, Eric Leninger, winner of this year’s Hustle up the Hancock, and Alexander Workman, 3rd in last year’s race and top ranked American in the TWA World Cup. In addition to Wilson, the international contingent will feature Germans George Heimann, 2nd here in 2013 and winner at this year’s Calgary Tower, and TWA World Cup top 20 ranked Ralf Hascher, and Austrians Rudi Reitberger and TWA Executive Director Michael Reichetzeder. All eyes will be on the clock to see if Love’s 2011 course record of 13:03 will fall.
The women’s race will be a North American affair with in-form Americans Stephanie Hucko, 2015 USA Stair Climbing Champion and runner-up at this year’s Empire State Building Run Up, against Cindy Harris, 9 times winner, course record holder and currently 7th in the TWA World Cup, last year’s winner Sherri Breese, Liz Ruvalcaba, the third ranked American and 2015 winner of Presidential Towers stair climb, and TWA Top 20 ranked Madeleine Fontillas Ronk. The international contingent will feature TWA World Cup 8th ranked Canadian Veronica Stocker, winner of this year’s Calgary Tower “Power Hour”.
The race is expected to attract more than 3,000 participants and aims to raise more than $1million for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
For more details see the race website at www.skyrisechicago.org.
October 17 - Carrera Stairs Up! Hotel Crowne Acapulco
On October 17 the race Stairs Up! Towerrunning Crowne Plaza Hotel Acapulco took place - within the framework of the first Circuit of Towerrunning Mexico. About 6 pm, 150 runners gathered at the pool area of the hotel to Beginning with the children categories were given. At exactly 18:15 hours, Elvia Zavala, Director of Crowne Plaza Hotel and Rahel Avila Guzman, Director of Marketing of the Ministry of Acapulco Tourism on behalf of Dr. Sergio Salmeron Manzanares, got the out flag to participants to open the stellar race.
The overall winners of the race were Gustavo Isaac Mendoza Cruz (Time: 2:27) and Estefany Paredes Rodriguez (Time: 3:39)
With this results, the winners (Gustavo and Estefany) have accumulated more points in the ranking of theg Mexican Towerrunning Crcuit and they will represent the countrys the next December 8th int Bogta at the Gran Prix of Mexico - Ascenso Torre Colpatria.
Next race: Carrera Revolucionaria Towerrunning Tepoctlan November 22
October 18 - Race Report GP of Germany - Münster - LVM Tower Pressemitteilung (german language)
Men’s pre-race favourites were Miroslav Burian (CZE) and Tomas Celko (SVK), who dominated last year’s race and are famous for their stair sprinting abilities. However the qualification round was led by Matjaz Miklosa (SLO) and Tomas Macecek (CZE) with 1:24.0 and 1:24.3 respectively, with Burian and Celko only managing 5th and 4th, meaning they would end up meeting in the quarterfinal. This dual turned out to be the fastest of the day, and it was Burian who triumphed through to the semi-final.
The men’s semi-final saw Burian against the qualification winner Miklosa, and Germany's best tower runner Christian Riedl against the upcoming Macecek, who was coming off a recent strong win in Graz. Despite this being the 7th round, it was the young sprint specialists Burian and Macecek who defeated the more endurance orientated athletes Riedl and Miklosa. Even for experts it was hard to predict who would win the final. The 3 second starting gap remained unchanged for the first three quarters of the race but Macecek edged closer in the final section to secure his biggest career victory by only 0.8 seconds. “I really enjoyed this knock-out format” said Macecek “I am really happy as it is my first victory ever in a Premium or Grand Prix event. My training has been improving and it is the best end of the season I could wish for.”
In the women’s race, Lenka Svabikova (CZE) was the hot favourite to defend her title. The fastest four athletes from qualification - Svabikova, Zuzanna Krchova (CZE), Margot Wyrwoll (GER) and Anita Pawlak (GER) also entered the semi-finals. While Svabikova easily progressed, Krchova was up against Track & Field specialist Wyrwoll, however a strong performance from Krchova ensured an all-Czech final. In the final Krchova ran her strongest race, but Svabikova - a renowned specialist for this distance - closed the gap steadily to take the victory by 2.2 seconds, becoming the only woman under 1:40 minutes. “I really love this race and enjoyed it so much” commented Svabikova “I am in heavy training and the final round was hard, but I am so happy for the win.”
Slovakian Towerrunning Championships: Beh Do Neba Zilina - Amfiteater - October 17
1. Kamila CHOMANIČOVÁ
1. Stefan STEFINA
September 27 - Carrera Towerrunning Tlaxcala
The brothers, Omar y Emylee Chavez Cortes, from the state of Tlaxcala were the winners of the first edition of Towerrunning Tlaxcala, held in the streets of the capital city with an atmosphere of expectation, it held the starting signal at the foot of the Stairs of Heroes, by organizers and city officials.
Next race: Carrera Stairs Up ! Hotel Crowne Place Acapulco October 17 (postponed 1 week)
September 10 - Announcement Grand Prix of Germany - Oct 18 - Münster - LVM Tower
The sprint specialists will be out in force as Munster hosts the Towerrunning Grand Prix of Germany on 18 October, 2015. At only 18 floors and 360 stairs, the Tower is one of the shortest in the World Cup series, but the unique race format of LVM SkyRun Munster is deceptively tough, requiring runners to complete a qualification round followed by a series of knock-out heats, each time completing a full ascension of the Tower. The top 3 male, female and team winners will each share in a prize pool of EUR 1,080.
LVM SkyRun Munster is pleased to announce travel packages for 4 European athletes comprising travel reimbursement of EUR 150 and 1 night accommodation including breakfast. A further 2 packages, consisting of travel reimbursement of EUR300 and 2 nights’ of accommodation with breakfast will be offered to athletes from other regions. Travel packages will be awarded to TWA-registered athletes with a Top 30 ranking according to the August 2015 TWA World Cup rankings. Interested athletes can apply from 10 September until 25 September, 2015 at 10pm Central Europe Time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com .