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January 20 – Announcement - Towerrunning Tour 2016 - January to June

The 2016 season can already present the first winners from TowerrunningTrial 60 race held in Latina ( Torre Latina, January 10). Both Lenka Svabikova and Tomas Celko set the new track records!  In the next month we continue with New York’s Towerrunning 80 race, the world-famous Empire State Building Run Up on February 3, followed by USA Championships 80 race in Las Vegas ( Strathosphere, February 28 ),  we are heading to a “super-March” with three races on two continents. The first Towerrunning 120 race in Mexico City (Torre Latino, March 6) is followed by the Towerrunning European Championships 200 race in Warsaw (Rondo 1, March 12) and the Towerrunning 80 race in Paris at the iconic Eiffel Tower ( March 18 ). In April Towerrunning 120 races are staged in Almere  ( WTC Almere, April 1) and Calgary (Calgary Tower, April 23). May begins with a Towerrunning 160 race in Taipei (May 1), then a Towerrunning 120 race in Benidorm (Gran Hotel Bali, May 15) before Latin America’s new Towerrunning 160 event is held in Santiago de Chile (Gran Torre Santiago, May 22). Later on the focus traditionally shifts to Europe, beginning with the German Championships 80 race in Frankfurt ( MesseTurm, June 12 ) and the Towerrunning 160 triple race in Vienna (Danube Tower), Brno (AZ Tower) and Bratislava (Ufo Tower) is scheduled for June 17-19.

The summer  months are always pretty quiet so we will have a summer break to get ready for the second half of the Towerrunning Tour 2016.


The events were selected on the basis of a bidding process with standardized minimum requirements to be fulfilled by the respective organizers. Invitations, travel packages, and further incentives for top-ranked elite athletes will be offered by almost all of the selected events. These benefits are exclusive privileges for TWA-licensed competitors possessing a valid TWA registration for the 2016 season.

Moreover, all selected Towerrunning Tour races offer attractive cash prizes and prizes-in-kind.

 TWA President and WFGT Executive Committee member Daniel Cecetka emphasizes the importance of closely collaborating with the World Federation of Great Towers: “The fruitful partnership of the TWA and WFGT forms a great basis for many of the selected events. We are pretty convinced, that this partnership will give rise to the development of even more attractive races in the near future.” 
We are working hard, so stay tuned - additional races may join the selection !



January 19 – Announcement - Towerrunning European Championships 2016 - Warsaw MAR 12

Towerrunning European Championships will take place on March 12, 2016 in Warsaw at Rondo 1 ( Bieg Na Szczyt Rondo 1 / Rondo 1 Run Up ). The European Championships are organized as a joint project of the TWA and the organizers of Rondo 1 Run Up.

Invitation process for the Towerrunning European Championships will be run by the Towerrunning World Association. Registered TWA athletes, who will not be selected in the official invitation process, but are willing to compete in the European Championships should send their applications to sport@towerrunning.com and piotr@sportevolution.pl until February 19. Athletes competing in the Towerrunning European Championships tournament will be exempt from the entry fee for Rondo 1 Run Up.

The invitations are provided for:
a) European Champions from 2014 ( male, female )
b) 2015 National Championships or National series winners ( male, female ) - Germany, Austria, Slovakia
c) 8 best ranked European athletes of the TOP 10 of the 2015 TWA ranking ( 4 each not already invited) 
d) one European athlete selected by the event organizer ( male, female )
All invited athletes (except from Poland) will get a travel reimbursement of 150 Euro and 2 nights of accomodation (Mar 11 – 13).

The Towerrunning European Championships tournament will consist of three races at Rondo 1:
Stage 1: Sprint Race – 19 floors - Stage 2: Full Distance Race – 38 floors - Stage 3: Final Race – 38 floors
All three races will be staged on Saturday,March 12 with an individual time trial format. The final ranking will be determined by the points system.
Prize money for the top 6 male/female athletes:
1st place 1100 € - 2nd place 800 € - 3rd place 500 € - 4th place 300 € - 5th place 200 € -6th place 100 €
The European Championships are in the Towerruning 200 Race Category.

Non-European athletes are also very welcome. The Towerrunning European Championships are a regular Towerrunning Tour event . Ranking points are awarded to all competitors. Cash prizes and invitations are exclusive privileges of European athletes.„ We are glad that Rondo 1 will host the Towerrunning European Championships 2016. Rondo 1 Run Up has been widely recognized by both the athletes and the Towerrunning World Association since its launch in 2011. We are certain that all the organizational requirements are going to be met and the race will attract hundreds of runners again. Polish Towerrunning fans surely expect their leading athletes on the podium, so we look forward to a great competition in Warsaw “ -says Daniel Cecetka, President of Towerrunning World Association.



January 10  -  Race Report - Towerrunning Tour Latina Vertical Sprint -  Torre Pontina            Gallery

January 10 it was the third edition of the record Reale Mutua Latina Vertical Sprint, running up the ramps of the Torre Pontina, to an altitude of 128 meters. A record number of athletes attended, as many as 200 coming from all over Italy,  Europe and even Mexico. Record on the podium too, won by the athletes from Eastern Europe, who pulverized the previous times. Up the 727 steps and 38 floors no one ever was faster than Slovak Celko Thomas (3:17) and the Czech Lenka Svabikova (4:16)
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Competitionwas even more exciting by the formula of double race, in which the times of the first qualifier defined the starting grid of the second final heat - Formula 1 style, including traffic lights ! In the female category, the order of arrival remained unchanged between the first and second rounds, while among men, Celko overturned the initial verdict, surpassing Fabio Ruga. The involvement of children, through a trail facilities, sports, balance, speed and fun. The walkway of the athletes was enlivened by a band of percussionists, which made it an even more spectacular and impressive performance. The comments of the experts give high credit to the efforts of the organizers, Alberto Spagnoli (Latina Runners) and Cristina Maione (Maione Store). The preparation of the fourth edition has already begun!



December 28  -  Race Report GP of China -  Guang Zhou -  Dec 26            Gallery

The last Towerrunning Grand Prix of the 2015 season and even the last stair race of the year took place on GuangZhou’s Canton Tower. After the inaugural race in January 2015 (but belonging to the 2014 season) the second tallest telecom tower in the World was again the location with the highest altitude difference (450 vertical meters) of all Grand Prix races so far.

For the international athletes the date very close to Christmas was very challenging, nevertheless some of the well-known stairrunners – in particular the World ranked number 1 Piotr Lobodzinski from Poland – showed up. For the Chinese athletes this race was the grand finale of their Vertical Marathon Series. After 12 races in 4 different cities it was the possibility to compare against some of the World’s best in our sport.

Prior to the men’s race nobody would have betted against a victory of Lobodzinski. There was more discussion if he could break Darren Wilson’s very strong course record of 14:34. It was maybe the fact of being already over the top shape that made it impossible for Lobodzinski even to come close to the record. The victory of the dominator of the season (World Champion and Ranking leader for all 52 weeks) was undoubted. Local hero Jiajing Ou once again proved his international level of racing. A one minute (!) improved Richard Sirrs (GBR) completed the male podium. Behind the Top 3 athletes the next best Chinese runners proved already to be at least as strong as the international experienced veterans Rudi Reitberger and Rolf Majcen.

In the women’s division there was no clear favorite at all. The international fraction was leaded by Brooke Logan from Australia and Iwona Wicha from Poland. The best known Chinese athlete was Fengjuan Fan who won all her qualification races with a huge margin. In the end the Top 4 females finished within 55 seconds. In a race of this length and especially in the women’s field a very close outcome. The middle of the podium was reached by Logan who won her first Grand Prix title just a few months after giving birth. Fan, again proving her competitiveness, Wicha and a strong improved Wenrong Zheng (CHN) were ranked next and all of them finishing under 20 minutes.

Very interesting news have been announced during the award ceremony. Starting already in 2016 the organizers of the Vertical Marathon Series will establish a new series in China and even surrounding countries including many of the tallest buildings in the World. For long distance fans in Towerrunning it’s not overdone to say that a new era will start. Watch our webpage carefully in the next weeks/month for further information.



December 26  -  Top 6 Grand Prix of China -  Guang Zhou -  Canton Tower Run Up - Dec 26  

1 Brooke Logan (AUS) 18:54      Top3
2 Fengjuan Fan (CHN) 19:13
3 Iwona Wicha (POL) 19:28
4 Wenrong Zheng (CHN) 19:49
5 Egle Uljas (EST) 21:42
6 Wenfei Xie (CHN) 22:54

1 Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) 15:15      Top3
2 Jiajing Ou (CHN) 16:05
3 Richard Sirrs (GBR) 16:22
4 Jinhui Zeng (CHN) 16:53
5 Zhicheng Wang (CHN) 17:05
6 Rudolf Reitberger (AUT) 17:09



December 21  -  Preview  Grand Prix of China -  Guang Zhou -  Canton Tower - Dec 26  

On December 26, all eyes of the stair racing scene will be fixed on GuangZhou’s Canton Tower where the last Grand Prix race of the season will take place. The 450 m ascent in the world’s fifth-tallest freestanding structure will be a truly amazing challenge for the world's strongest stair runners travelling to GuangZhou (China). Among many others, the strong field comprises the male World Cup ranking leader and top favourite Piotr Lobodzinski, multiple winner of Vertical Marathon races in China Richard Sirrs, adding veteran champions Rudi Reitberger, Rolf Majcen and a local hero Jiajing Ou.The female field is represented by Cindy Reid, Iwona Wicha, Brooke Logan, Egle Uljas and Fengjuan Fan.

12 different skyscrapers in GuangZhou, Chengdu, Shanghai and Beijing hosted the preliminary heats of the Grand Prix of China. Tausends of local athletes competed in the first round races in order to qualify for the Canton Tower Run final. The winners from the preliminary rounds will be challenging the international runners for the glory. The elites will be vying for a share in more than 3,000 Euro prize money, while the top place-getters in all categories will receive attractive prizes.



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