April 17 - Race Report: Valtellina Vertical Tube Race - Sondrio Videos
Despite bad weather and rain for all the day more than 450 athletes finished on Sunday 17th April “the toughest Kilometer of the World” . The race located in Montagna in Valtellina (Sondrio province in the north of Italy) consists of 2713 steps, for a total climb of 500 meters altitudeand an exact distance of 880 meters.
In the women field there was a great success for the British mountain runner Emmie Collinge ,who won in an incredible 16’10” even beating her own record from last year. Valentina Belotti, former 4 time winner of Taipei Run Up 101 ,was second with 17’15”. Third place for Italian Vertical Km champion Samantha Galassi 17’58”. On 5th place with a time of 18’28” we find Ivonne Martinucci, the girl who was second in Latina Vertical Sprint. Expert towerrunner Cristina Bonacina finished 10th in 20’31” and the Czech Petra Vesela finished 29th in 23’02” on unfamiliar grounds.
More suspense was expected in the men elite field with local hero and race organizer race Emanuele Manzi starting first followed by 18 athletes ending with the great stair star Piotr Lobodzinski. The winner was young Italian Francesco Puppi, last year 3rd in the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships and national champion of vertical kilometer with a time of 14’20”. Second was the ski mountaineerer Hannes Perkmann 14’25” and third Emanuele Manzi 14’50”, who clocked exactly the same time as last year. Piotr Lobodinski finished on good 5th place with 14’54”. Piotr was able to run under 15’ on a track quite different from usual towerrunning, where you can use handrail techniques. Good race also for two Slovakian athletes; Tomas Celko who finished 15th despite the length of the race with 16’15” and the sprinter Stefan Stefina was 26th in 16’44”.
April 18 - Announcement Towerrunning 200 Vienna Jun 17 Brno Jun 18 Bratislava Jun 19
Following the successful staging of the 2015 Towerrunning Grand Prix of Europe , the same race format will again apply for this year’s Towerrunning 200 race. Unique to the Towerrunning Tour calendar, the event will see athletes compete in three races, across three days, in three 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.
The first race on Friday 17th June will see climbers racing up Vienna’s 779 steps and 150m high Danube Tower (Donauturm), Austria’s tallest building. Saturday’s race will move to the Czech Republic, up the 700 steps of Brno’s AZ Tower, the country’s tallest building; while the final thrilling race on Sunday 19st June will be up the challenging 430 step UFO Tower in Bratislava, Slovakia. Runners will score points at each event, with the overall highest point scorers vying for a share of the 4,200 Euro prize pool. Prize money will be distributed to male and female winners as follows:
Race organizers and TWA are pleased to offer 10 travel packages to European athletes 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 ). An additional 4 travel packages for athletes from other continents are available comprising 400 Euro travel reimbursement, 3 nights’ accommodation with breakfast, transport between races and free race entry. Travel packages will be awarded to TOP 50 ranked TWA registered athletes using the official TWA elite application system. Interested athletes can apply from Monday 18 April until Sunday 1 May, 2016 at 10pm Central Europe Time by emailing email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another 25 travel packages 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 Monday 18 April until Sunday 5 June, 2016 at 10pm Central Europe Time by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Athletes applying for travel packages do not need to register for individual events.
Non elite runners can register at http://registrace.sportsoft.cz/mmain.aspx?m=170&lng=en from 4 March until 13 June.
April 7 – Announcement Towerrunning 120 - Subida Vertical Gran Hotel Bali - Benidorm MAY 14
On May 14 the Towerrunning 120 race will celebrate its premiere on the Iberian Peninsula. The race venue, Gran Hotel Bali, is one of the most emblematic hotels in Benidorm and has picturesque views of the beautiful Poniente Beach. Until the 1960’s, Benidorm was a small fishing village but today it is known for its tourism, beaches and surprisingly, skyscrapers.
The Subida Vertical Gran Hotel Bali is one of the oldest stair races in Europe, and this year will be the 13th edition of the race. The race will see competitors running up 924 steps over 52 floors to the 180 m-high finish. Last year Lenka Svabikova and Tomas Celko were the winners, almost breaking the course records. No doubt this year’s competitors will be eyeing to go even faster.The race organizer offer a 1 200 Euro in prize money for the three best male and female runners.
The TWA is pleased to announce travel packages for 6 athletes comprising 200 Euro travel reimbursement and 2 night's of accommodation including breakfast. Four of these packages will be awarded to TOP 30 ranked TWA registered athletes using the official TWA Elite application system. Two packages will be raffled among applicants ranked TOP 50 in the March 2016 ranking update. Interested athletes can apply from April 6 until April 13, 2016, 10 pm CET by emailing email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 17 - Race Report: WTC Trappenloop - Almere
Piotr Lobodzinski and Dominika Wisniewska both from Poland are the champions of this year’s WTC Trappenloop in Almere, the Towerrunning 120 race.The pre-race favourite Lobodzinski clocked a time of 3:18 and celebrated his first victory in Almere. “I am very happy with the win because i prove myself to be able to go fast also in shorter sprint races,” he stated afterwards. Germany’s Christian Riedl needed less then a second more to master the difficult course in Almere’s World Trade Center, while Fabio Ruga from Italy finished third in 3:22. Both Christian and Fabio came to Almere for the first time with their small babies, presenting the Towerrunning community the potential stair climbing superstars. The time difference between 4th and 7th place was only 4 seconds with Bartosz Swiatkowski finishing 4th, Tomas Marecek 5th, Tomas Celko 6th and last year winner Miklosa 7th. The best Dutch runner Gerko Floor finished 10th overall. In the women’s division Dominika Wisniewska celebrated her first win of the season with the time of 4:29 and finally proved her good form . Lenka Svabikova from Czech Republic took the second place in 4:37, followed by Maike Grossmann with 5:38 rounding off a strong performance of the German team.
More than 180 athletes competed in the 5th edition of the WTC Trappenloop. They started in the lobby of the WTC, completed a short outdoor section, and ran down the ramps of the parking garage to level -4. Arriving there, the runners entered the staircase to climb up 600 very steep stairs to the 28th floor, where they could enjoy the spectacular panorama of Almere. The race is renowned to be particularly tough and technically demanding for the foreign athletes who are not used to the typical Dutch staircase geometry. TWA President Dano Cecetka drew a very positive conclusion: „On a sunny day we saw a well-organized race with fierce international competition. The Dutch Towerrunning scene is on a rise with potential organized series coming already this year”
April 20 – Preview Towerrunning 120 - Climb & Run for Wilderness - Calgary APR 23
Climbers are preparing to be challenged this Saturday at the 25th edition of the Calgary Tower Climb and Run for Wilderness event. The event, a Towerrunning 120 and WFGT Towerrunning Challenge race, is unique in the Towerrunning Tour combining the 1 km prerun and a single climb up the 52 floors and 802 steps.
Top Canadian athletes are expected to perform strongly with last year’s men’s second in the “Power Hour” version, Jonathan Heinz, returning for a shot at this years race format. He will be challenged by two of the world’s best young climbers, the best Mexican tower runner Gustavo Isaac Mendoza, looking for his first Towerrunning 120 race win and Patrick Schneidgen (SVK), who recently competed at La Verticale Tour Eiffel in Paris. Adam Cellemme and Jason Larson both from USA are also looking for podium places.In the women’s race, Calgary favourite Shannon Magee, last year’s female second in the “Power Hour” version, will also be returning thinking of the glory. She will be up against one of the all time best USA tower runner Cindy Harris, who has finished the famous Empire State Building Run Up 19times and recorded 14podium places.
The Climb and Run for Wilderness is a premiere community event celebrating Earth Day. It attracts participants from across North America and more than 1,000 registered competitors are expected. The Climb and Run for Wilderness also includes major additional components of education about the environment and the creation of public art. In addition to the Towerrunning 120 race, this year’s event includes a family “fun” climbing event, a corporate team challenge, and a endurance event. Details can be found on the event website http://climbforwilderness.ca/.
Lobodzinski and Walsham Defend Titles as Towerrunners Sweep the Podium
In the men’s race, everyone was asking if Christian Riedl (GER) could repeat his win over Lobodzinski from the previous week, while the dark horses were Mark Bourne (AUS), a notable big building performer and last year’ surprise silver medalist, orienteer Kiril Nikolov (BUL). At the first stage, Riedl was already 5 seconds clear of Lobodzinski, who trailed in 8th position. By the second stage however, Lobodzinski had a narrow 2 second lead on Riedl, which extended to 9 seconds by the intermediate stage – a win for Lobodzinski now looked certain. Despite a late comeback, Riedl could not make up the time, but secured second place with a strong 7:54, only 6 seconds behind Lobodzinski. “I am very very happy” he said “I avenge my result from last week and break my course record. It’s a really great night for me”. Riedl had done his best, noting “It was much better than last year”, and became only the second man to break 8 minutes. Although outside the top 10 for more than half the race, Bourne powered through the last section to take bronze in 8:11. Nikolov had to be content with 4th in 8:20, while Tomas Celko (SVK) ran a gallant 5th in 8:32.
In the women’s race, although Walsham was the favourite, many wondered about an upset after she was clearly trailing Dominika Wisniewska-Ulfik (POL) over the first 2 stages; 11 seconds behind after the first stage and still 6 seconds behind after the second stage. But with her vast experience and pace judgement, Walsham remained too strong in the second half taking the win in 9:48. Wisniewska-Ulfik held her position to finish second in 10:32, while American Champion Stephanie Hucko placed 3rd in 10:59. “I am so happy to win here again”, said Walsham “It is one of the most amazing, but also toughest Tower races in the world.” Incredibly, only 10 seconds separated 3rd to 6th place, with Oriane Riccitiello (FRA) 4th in 11:04, Brooke Logan (AUS) 5th in 11:07 and Angela Castello Noria (ESP) 6th in 11:09.
The race, organised by Ecotrail, has become one of the most sought after tower events. In addition to the privilege of running up one of the world’s most recognizable towers, the race poses some unique challenges for competitors – a race at night under lights, open to the weather conditions, and multiple stages with different stairwells.