November 15 - Eureka Climb - Eureka Tower -Melbourne
Record 5th titles for Alice McNamara and Mark Bourne
The men’s race was a battle between Australia’s leading duo of Mark Bourne and Darren Wilson, currently ranked 6th and 4th respectively in the 2015 TWA World Cup. Bourne, the World Championship silver medallist, has been in good form with a recent win in Sydney and two second places in Beijing and Shanghai, while Wilson, the Asian Champion and World Championship bronze medallist recently won the Adelaide Stair Challenge. But Bourne proved too strong, again cracking the elusive 8minute mark to win in 7:55, with Wilson 13 seconds behind in 8:08. “I’m very glad to win the Eureka Climb for the 5th year in a row” said Bourne, “As always, the race was tough so it is great to break the 8-minute barrier once again.” Scott McGraw matched his 3rd placing from 2013 finishing in 9:19.
The women’s race was dominated by Alice McNamara with a superb 9:39, only 6 seconds shy of her 2011 course record. Preparing for selection in the Australian Olympic Rowing team for Rio, McNamara, who finished 7th overall, was one minute ahead of 2013 winner Brooke Logan (10:39), while Kim Hamilton rounded out the top 3 in 11:25.
The event included a category for Emergency Services and was well supported by firefighters (weighed down by 23kg of equipment), Ambulance and Police officers, and members of the Defence Force. Around 2,500 participants raised more than $250,000 for charities Interplast and Whitelion.
November 8 - SkyRise & Climb for Life Chicago - Willis Tower & LaSalle Pics SkyRise Pics LaSalle
Skyrise Chicago always attracts the best US Towerrunners, but this year’s men’s start list was complimented by strong European athletes and pre-race favourite Darren Wilson from Australia. Unfortunately, due to flight problems the TWA World Championships bronze medallist didn’t make it to the windy city, so all eyes were on the top seeded athletes comprising Towerrunning USA President Alex Workman, reigning US Champion and current Willis Tower course record holder Sproule Love, Germany’s Gorge Heimann, and the World Trade Center premiere winner Tim Donahue (USA). Starting and finishing first, Love set the benchmark time of 13:41. Heimann, who started 10 seconds later, never got in contact with the American and finished 18 seconds after Love clocking a nett time of 13:49. Surprisingly the next runner crossing the finish line was TWA Sports Director Rudolf Reitberger from Austria, recording a very strong 13:47. Despite many personal bests from the chasing athletes, including Tim Donahue in 14:01, Slyvio Atmanspacher (GER) in 14:14 and Alex Workman in 14:19, Love secured the win, with Reitberger taking second place and his first ever podium in a TWA Premium race. “It was my best race in the last 8 years” stated the former ESBRU winner. Heimann settled for the bronze, the top three separated by only 8 seconds.
The women’s field was North American affair. Everyone expected a tough battle between Cindy Harris and Stephanie Hucko, who has had some strong performances in the US throughout the year. But it was the experienced Harris (course record holder and 7th at the TWA World Championships) who claimed an unprecedented 10th win with a time of 16:02, defeating Hucko (17:18) by more than a minute. The podium was completed by US-living Canadian and this year’s US Bank Tower winner Veronica Stocker in 18:29.
Remarkably all 6 male and female medallists are over 40 years old, proving that experience can be an advantage in such a high and difficult building like the Willis Tower. Just two hours after the Skyrise, another Tower Run took place in Chicago, the 58 story Climb for Life at LaSalle building. Many of the elite runners used this opportunity to gain extra points for the TWA World Cup and the race saw a reversal of fortune for some of the elites. This time, Hucko overcame Harris by 10 seconds to take the women’s title, while Canadian newcomer Tim Young celebrated his first victory (after finishing 7th at the Skyrise) beating Reitberger by 4 seconds.
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