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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
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.
The 3rd Towerrunning European Championships 2016, held within the traditional Bieg na Szczyt, at the Rondo 1 skyscraper in the Polish capital Warsaw set another mark in the history of our sport. The three heat Championship event was integrated in a day full of exciting sport. Apart from the Championship there was an “amateur” race with more than 400 finishers, relay teams and many firefighters climbed the tower separate competitions too.
81 athletes from 14 countries were registered for the TWA event. They opened the day´s action early in the morning with their first “sprint” heat halfway up the building. Due to timing problems this heat later had to be repeated between the two full distance legs. The first full distance leg saw Christian Riedl (GER) take the lead in the pointbased ECH evaluation being less than two seconds faster than the home favourite Piotr Lobodzinski and nine seconds faster than Italian Fabio Ruga. In the respective female heat a former Bieg na Szczyt winner, Anna Ficner (POL) was the clear winner. The sprint leg after the break saw a great performance from Stefan Stefina (SVK) dominating the others. Riedl became 2nd, Matjas Miklosa (SLO) 3rd and unexpectedly Lobodzinski had to be satisfied with 5th place losing many points. Anna Ficner managed to dominate the female 2nd leg too and with another disappointing run prerace favourite Dominka Wisniewska-Ulfik was out of the medal race.
Riedl started the final heat with 148 points followed by Stefina 116, Ruga 114 and Lobodzinski 112. Dedicated to win the title from this good position he managed to narrowly hold off the Polish athlete again with Ruga settling in for 3rd. These three in that order finally won the Championship medals with Stefina falling back to ungrateful 4th rank. Leader after 2 legs Anna Ficner proved untouchable in the final heat thus convincingly taking the European title. Runner up in the female final heat was a very strong Iwona Wicha (POL) AsS Wisniewska-Ulfik took 3rd, Wicha managed to overtake the two Czech athletes Zuzana Krchova and Lenka Svabikova. On equal points with Krchova in the ECH final ranking Wicha won the silver medal. because the better result in the 3rd leg.
The 40+ European title was taken by Matjas Miklosa (SLO) before David Robles Tapia (ESP) and Görge Heimann (GER). In the female 40+ ranking (precondition of 6 athletes from at least 4 countries not fulfilled) the Germans celebrated a double victory with Sylvia Jacobs and Gabi Hirsemann, 3rd Tünde Popovics (HUN).
The favourites did not win the Championships in their home country. But thanks to Anna Ficner at least one title stayed in Poland. After the race World Champion Lobodzinski said, that on this very day he was mentally just not able to give the more than 100%, which would have been necessary to beat Riedl. On home ground naturally there was additional stress for him with all the media and other requests …. Nevertheless one story of this eventful day is, that after Bronze in 2012 and the title in 2014 Piotr now has a full set of Towerrunning European Championship medals and that the shares the 2016 Silver medal with his girlfriend Iwona.
It was a great day for the Towerrunning sport in Warsaw – Thanks to the organizing team around Piotr Jakobik and Congratulations to the new Champions Anna Ficner and Christian Riedl !