June 25 -  Race report Towerrunning 200  Guangzhou      Video (click link on top)   Gallery

The first TWA Towerrunning 200 event in Asia this year was held in Guangzhou (China) on June 25th at the Wanda Plaza. It was also the first time in TWA history that just one week after a 200 race (Vienna-Brno-Bratislava) another one of the highest category was following. Therefore some of the athletes had the chance to revenge and to “correct” results. When it comes to Towerrunning in China one might think about super tall buildings. In the first ever international race organized by VMA (Vertical Marathon Alliance) this was not the case. The course data (41 floors, 916 steps and 150 vertical meters difference) clearly indicate a classical middle distance.

The women’s elite division was dominated for a third week in row (Frankfurt, Vienna-Brno-Bratislava and Guangzhou) by Suzy Walsham (AUS). The relative small gap to the male winner and the theoretical Top 10 result in the men’s field make clear that this performance was even for her a very special one. The series of victories in June will bring her back to leading position in the TWA World Ranking. A very strong team mate Alice McNamara forced Walsham to race at her best level. Always switching between rowing and stair running McNamara managed less than 2 month after her victory at the Taipei 101 another podium at a Towerrunning Tour event. The next ranking update will bring a huge jump forward to her. The fight for third place had a little dramatic element. The results table shows the well known local runner Fan Fengjuan just one second ahead of Czech athlete Zuzana Krchova. Krchova, Egle Uljas (EST) and Tomas Celko (SVK) missed their connection flight and arrived in Guangzhou just a few hours before race start. Maybe due to lack of sleep she studied the final meters of the race track not good enough and instead of turning right after entering the building’s roof  and sprinting to the finish line she took a left turn losing at least the before mentioned second.

In the men’s field for the third time in three weeks the three TWA top ranking athletes – Piotr Lobodzinski (POL), Christian Riedl (GER) and Tomas Celko – battled again for podium. After Riedl-Lobodzinski-Celko in Frankfurt and Celko-Lobodzinski-Riedl in Vienna/Brno/Bratislava there was another outcome this time. After the flight problems probably happy with the third place Celko could not come close to the winner’s. In this year’s ninth race against each other Lobodzinski was for the fifth time slightly faster than Riedl. Like in nearly all cases it was very close again – 1 second. Newcomer Zeng Wenbo ranked fourth proving that the Chinese athletes are closing the gap to the international elites. A surprisingly strong Görge Heimann (GER) secured fifth rank closely followed by the best local and other international runners.

With a sprint race for beginners, a Team competition and funny side events the young team from VMA showed a modern race concept. They are willing to organize even bigger events in the future. So be prepared – there is more to come.

June 20 -  Race report Towerrunning 200  Vienna Jun 17     Brno Jun 18   Bratislava Jun 19   Ceremony at UFO

The third instalment of the Towerrunning 200 Vienna-Brno-Bratislava event concluded in spectacular fashion on Sunday with Tomas Celko (SVK) clinching the biggest victory of his career and Suzy Walsham (AUS) defending her title.  More than 1,900 stairs were climbed over the three days of competition with the final placings calculated by the accumulation of points at each race according to the TWA factor 80 theme.

In the men’s category, course records were amazingly set at every race.  The 150m high Danube Tower (Donauturm) started well for TWA number one ranked Piotr Lobodzinski (POL), smashing his personal best and recording a new course record of 3:19.43, the first time 3:20 has been broken.  Second was European Champion Christian Riedl (GER) in 3:26.07, with Stefan Stefina (SVK) third in 3:31.81.  Celko had to settle for fourth with Tomas Macecek (CZK) in fifth.  These five would battle out the final positions over the following 2 days.  Eighteen hours later the athletes lined up again in Brno, and Celko stormed back into contention with a course record 2:54.02.  Riedl followed just over a second behind, turning the tables on a disappointed Lobodzinski who placed third, putting in jeopardy his chances for an overall win. The depth of the men’s competition was evident with less than three seconds separating the top 4 placings. After two days of competition, the overall champion would be determined by the result in the final up the UFO Tower in Bratislava, with Celko, Lobodzinski and Riedl all in contention.  As course record holder and having never been beaten at UFO Tower, Celko was under pressure. But he did not disappoint, recording yet another pers onal best and course record 1:44.28 to win the race and clinch overall victory with 214 points.  “I am so happy” smiled Celko, “I have been training very hard.  I was so motivated in Brno and today after a disappointing start in Vienna, and it is wonderful to win the overall title.”  Lobodzinski ran the race of his life again smashing his personal best and finishing within a second of Celko in 1:45.15, securing his overall second placing, just 6 points behind Celko on 208 points.  Although Stefina ran a very strong 1:46.10 to finish with 174 points overall, it was not enough to pass Riedl (184 points) in the final standings.  Macecek (150 points) completed the men’s top 5 positions.

In the women’s event, Walsham was keen to defend her title and gain valuable rankings points, while current TWA number one, Lenka Svabikova (CZK) would be pushing her all the way.  In Vienna, Walsham scored a strong victory, running a personal best 4:26.63 to finish more than thirty seconds clear of Svabikova in 4:58.30.  Zuzana Krchova (CZK) closely followed in 5:01.29, with Sandrina Illes (AUT) fourth in 5:03.14.  In the shorter Brno AZ Tower, Walsham again scored the full eighty points with a swift 3:38.43, while the remaining podium positions replicated the previous day with Svabikova finishing second in 3:51.64 and Krchova third in 3:55.44.  Walsham headed into the final day with a commanding lead. In the final challenging UFO Tower, Walsham completed the hat-trick of wins to take the overall title with 230 points.  “I am very happy to come back to Europe and win these races” said Walsham, “I find the shorter buildings tough so I have worked on it a little over the past month so I was happy with my performances.”  Svabikova again placed second to secure an overall second place with 194 points, and Krchova third with 164 points.  The top five were rounded out by Kamila Chomanicova (SVK) with 152 points and Egle Ujas (EST) with 122 points.

June 18 -  Towerrunning 200  Vienna Jun 17     Brno Jun 18   Bratislava Jun 19   

Intermediate standings after 2 days: Females - Males

In this event the number three plays a significant role in many ways; on the female side the podium was exactly the same in Vienna and in Brno, so the situation is very clear and we can expect a final podium with a convincing Suzy  Walsham on top, flanked by the two Czech Ladies Lenka Svabikova on 2nd and Zuzana Krchova on 3rd. Kamila Chovanicova (SVK) is solid 4th and Estonian Egle Uljas on 5th place. Three Ladies challenge for 6th place: Veronika Sengstbratl (AUT), Jasmina Klancnik (SLO) and Tuende Popovics (HUN).

On the mens side we have three athletes within a mere 6 points, which practically means, that whoever of these three wins at UFO, is overall champion too.  Danube Tower winner Piotr Lobodzinski (POL), two time runner up Christian Riedl (GER) and AZ Tower winner Tomas Celko (SVK) will battle it out on Sunday at UFO, Celko´s homerace. Intermediate 4th Stefan Stefina (SVK) has only theoretical chances, Tomas Macecek (CZE) is solid 5th followed by Frank Nicolas Carreno (COL), Martin Tomica (CZE) and Matjaz Miklosa (SLO). Exciting will be chase for top 10 final placement, before the Bratislava race we have 5 athletes all divided by only one point !

June 16 -  Preview Towerrunning 200  Vienna Jun 17     Brno Jun 18   Bratislava Jun 19   

Three days - three towers - three countries - third edition. From Friday 17th to Sunday 19st  the centre of Europe will be the centre of the Towerrunning world with climbers racing up 779 steps up Vienna’s 150m high Danube Tower (Donauturm) in Austria, 631 stairs up Brno’s AZ Tower in the Czech Republic and finally the challenging 430 step up the UFO in Bratislava, Slovakia.  Runners will score points at each event according to the well known factor 80 scheme with the overall highest point scorers vying for a share of the 4,200 Euro prize pool. As the event name indicates these sums over the three single races are evaluated for the Towerrunning Ranking according to factor 200 scheme.

We look forward to three days of exciting sport. Looking at the actual May ranking the top seven males have registered and we have 2 athletes out of the top 20. Additionally to these top Europeans traditionally participating we have strong overseas competitors like the two best listed US athletes (Jason Larson and Sproule Love) as well as the leading athletes from Colombia (Frank Nicolas Carreno) and Mexico (Gustavo Isaac Mendoza). We can expect a continuation of the all season duel between defending champion and ranking leader Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) and Christian Riedl (GER). Or will there be a surprise by Tomas Celko (SVK), who is definitely a cofavourite for the fastest time in the Sunday race at the UFO. Matjaz Miklosa (SLO), Tomas Macecek (CZE), Stefan Stefina (SVK) and Klaus Hausleitner (AUT) are all contenders for podium places at single events.

Last year all three single races and naturally the combined were won by Suzy Walsham (AUS) and she is very motivated to defend this title. After  a convincing win in Frankfurt last Sunday she will face the same main contenders like last year, Dominika Wisniewska Ulfik from Poland and the two Czech athletes Lenka Svabikova and Zuzana Krchova. An additional element of excitement is the fact, that Svabikova, Wisniewska-Ulfik and Walsham currently are divided only by a few points in the Towerrunning Ranking and the outcome of the Vienna-Brno-Bratislava Race might prove decisive for changes in the upcoming ranking. Friday in Vienna two strong Austrians might surprise too: Veronika Windisch, Short Track Olympian and recently winner of three national stair races as well as Sandrina Illes, two weeks ago placing 5th in the Duathlon World Championships.

Recap 2015 : Video   Galleries:  Vienna     Brno    Bratislava  

June 15 - Announcement Towerrunning Pan-American Championships in Bogota on Dec 8    

The first ever Towerrunning Pan-American Championships will take place on December 8, 2016 in Bogota, Torre Colpatria ( Carrera Ascenso Torre Colpatria ). The Pan-American Championships are organized as a joint project of the TWA and the organizers of Carrera Ascenso Torre Colpatria ( Correcaminos Colombia ).

Invitation process for the Towerrunning Pan-American Championships will be run by the Towerrunning World Association. The invitation criteria will be announced on July 13, 2016. All invited runners will get 400 Euro travel reimbursement, 2 nights of accomodation including breakfast and free race entry. Prize money for the top 5 male/female athletes: 1st place 1000 € - 2nd place 600 € - 3rd place 400 € - 4th place 300 € - 5th place 200 €

The Pan-American Championships are in the Towerruning 200 Race Category. Non Pan-American athletes are also very welcome. The Towerrunning Pan-American Championships are a regular Towerrunning Tour event . Ranking points are awarded to all competitors. Cash prizes and invitations are exclusive privileges of Pan-American athletes.„ We are very glad to announce the launch of the first ever Towerrunning Pan-American Championships 2016. Carrera Ascenso Torre Colpatria has been widely recognized by both the athletes and the TWA since its launch in 2005. We are certain that all the organizational requirements are going to be met and the race will attract tausends of runners again. We are looking forward to a great competition in Bogota “ says Daniel Cecetka, President of TWA.

June 12 – Race Report SkyRun MesseTurm Frankfurt - German Towerrunning Championships 

The SkyRun MesseTurm Frankfurt celebrated its 10th anniversary edition on June 12. This race combines in exceptional way the charity aspect with outstanding sporting achievements. Race Director since 2007 is Michael Lederer (for many years an official IAAF world record holder as member of the German 4x1500m relay team) and he did an outstanding job again attracting a world class athlete field and raising a noticeable sum for ARQUE, an organization supporting people born with paraplegia. Besides the main race, the so called  "sprint" over 61 floors with 1202 stairs there are corporate divisions, a kids cup and high class firefighter races. And always there are some participants climbing the iconic MesseTurm , which still is the most prominent exponent of the famous Frankfurt skyline, up to ten times.

The female race once again was dominated by Suzy Walsham. Her 7:47,3 was the 10th fastest overall time of the day and it meant the 5th title in a row for this Singapore living Australian athlete on the start of her European tour. A bit over a minute longer (8:47,9) needed the current ranking leader Lenka Svabikova (CZE), adding another podium place to her Frankfurt  record. The 9:25,5 clocked by Sylvia Jacobs from Berlin meant not only a podium place at the SkyRun, but also crowned her German Towerrunning Champion 2016. The championship podium was completed by Helen Hemmling (9:48,3) and Anna Lena Böckel (9:53,3), Cordula Galster missed it by just 0,6 seconds meaning 6th place in the female field . Estonian Egle Uljas (Olympian semifinalist over 400m in Athens 2004) in 9:55,4 on 7th position closed the sub10 females.

There was more tension in the male race. We saw another round in the duel of the season between reigning World Champion Piotr Lobodzinski from Poland and reigning European Champion Christian Riedl from Germany. Riedl was the SkyRun winner of 2012 (first heat of the inaugural European Championships then), while Lobodzinski won three times from 2013 to 2015 always with Riedl as runner up. On this Frankfurt sunday the German athlete made it 2:3, a narrow 2,1 seconds deciding the race. A time of 6:25,5 marked the 2nd SkyRun win for Christian Riedl as well as the title of German Towerrunning Champion 2016. Piotr Lobodzinski, who competed in France later that day too, had to be content with runner up position in 6:27,6. Third place for the 3rd time in a row was achieved by Austria living Slovak athlete Tomas Celko in 6:48,7. On his premiere race in Europe Gustavo Isaac Mendoza clocked a strong 7:18,6 and placed 4th followed by the German trio of Ralf Hascher (7:22,0 - 2nd German Championships), Patrick Schäfer (7:24,4 - 3rd German Championships) and Görge Heimann (President of Towerrunning Germany).

The 10th SkyRun MesseTurm Frankfurt once again brought great sport combined with the good cause of raising money for ARQUE and we look forward to the next stop of the Towerrunning Tour this coming weekend, when many of the succesful athletes will participate in the three countries Towerrunning 200 race Vienna/Brno/Bratislava !


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