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February 1 - Announcement of Towerrunning 120 Bieg Na Szczyt - Rondo 1 - Warsaw

TWA is proud to announce the first Towerrunning 120 race on European soil this year. On Saturday, March 11th, 2017  the 7th edition of the Bieg Na Szczyt  will be staged at Rondo 1 in Warsaw. The race will consist of 2 heats, qualification round and a final for 10 best runners from the qualification round. Runners will climb 38 floors and 836 stairs to the finish line.

This year's race will be held for the first time in the afternoon instead of the morning as in past editions. Elite runners will be competing for a share in 1200 Euro prize pool awarded to the top 3 placed male and female competitors. Prize money will be distributed to male and female winners as follows:   1st – 300 Euro, 2nd – 200 Euro, 3rd – 100 Euro  The race organizer and the TWA are pleased to offer travel packages for 8 ( eight ) athletes comprising 150 Euro travel reimbursement and 1 night of accommodation including breakfast.

5 ( five ) of these packages will be awarded to TOP 20 ranked TWA registered athletes using the official TWA Elite application system. 3 ( three ) packages will be raffled among applicants ranked TOP 50 in the January 2017 ranking update. Interested athletes can apply from February 1 until February 8, 2017,  10 pm CET by emailing president@towerrunning.com and sport@towerrunning.com.



January 27 - Towerrunning Exhibition - Climb to Abu Dhabi - Etihad Tower 2      Gallery coming

Under the initiative of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, The Climb to Abu Dhabi Vertical Marathon presented by Daman’s ActiveLife was held at the iconic Etihad Towers on Friday the 27th of January 2017. A total of 712 participants took up the challenge across 6 different race categories climbing 82 Floors / 1,617 Steps or 32 Floors / 720 Steps with winners taking home $25,000 USD in prize money. The race served as the TWA´s first ever Towerrunning Exhibition with the not participating reigning World Champion Piotr Lobodzinski from Poland as official Race Ambassador

Australia’s Towerrunning Tour winner Suzy Walsham, who took home the Female Elite title in an impressive 10:30 was delighted with her performance, stating “What a wonderful event to see so many of the community take part in tower running. Today’s event was a good test, as it was a building that no one has ever run up. Delighted to take home the title and looking forward to seeing many more of the Abu Dhabi community take on the challenge next year.” 

In the female elite race with 18 competitors from 10 countries we saw an Australian sweep on the podium. With more than a minute behind Alice McNamara and Brooke Logan took 2nd and 3rd places. Following in the ranking we had to Czech Athletes, Zuzana Krchova and Lenka Svabikova on 4 and 5 and Iwona Wicha from Poland on 6th position.

Christian Riedl from Germany, winner of the men’s elites category and current world number 2 ranked tower runner also expressed his delight at crossing the vertical line in the ultimate winning time of 9:21. He stated “I am very happy to win the event, obviously with such prize money on stake we had a strong field, so to hear my name announced as the winner was a great feeling. The race itself was considerably difficult with a fast track approaching the stairs, but overall a fantastic event and I´m looking forward to defend my title next year.”

The male elite race with33 competitors from 15 different countries was a very close affair with the Top3 within 10 seconds. Runner up was Slovak Tomas Celko and the last podium place was occupied by Shaun Stevens-Whale from Canada. The next places went to Emanuele Manzi (ITA), Stefan Stefina (SVK) and Goerge Heimann (GER).

Within the event the President of the Towerrunning World Association Dano Cecetka also presented the trophies to the winners of the Towerrunning Tour 2016, Suzy Walsham (AUS) and Piotr Lobodzinski (POL). 

A big "thank you" to the organizing team guided by Sport360 for this inaugural Climb to Vertical Series event. The Towerrunning Family already looks forward to more races at Etihad Towers as well as in other venues in the Middle East and North Africa regions.



January 27 - Towerrunning Exhibition - Climb to Abu Dhabi - Etihad Tower 2 

Top 5 Elite Division - Official Winners Picture

1 Suzy Walsham (AUS) 10:30
2 Alice McNamara (AUS) 11:37
3 Brooke Logan (AUS) 11:50
4 Zuzana Krchova (CZE) 12:09
5 Lenka Svabikova (CZE) 12:46

1 Christian Riedl (GER) 9:21
2 Tomas Celko (SVK) 9:23
3 Shaun Stephens-Whale (CAN) 9:28
4 Emanuele Manzi (ITA) 9:37
5 Stefan Stefina (SVK) 9:55



December 31 - Happy New Year 2017 - Athlete Registration - Channels

The Towerrunning World Association wishes all members of the Towerrunning Family a Happy New Year 2017 !

Some of you did already - Thank you !
We want to remind all athletes to renew the TWA registration for the 2017 season. Of course new registrations are very welcome too.

The turn of the year is a good time to look at things from a different angle. Scott Stanley (USA) introduced a Towerrunning Channel
in 2016.- it´s worth looking at it !
Reminder - Some of our own videos can be found here

And in this video you can admire a world class racer in a very different role !



January 25 - Announcement Carrera Torre Latino on March 5 - Mexico City 

Torre Latinoamericana, a skyscraper in downtown Mexico City, will host the first Towerrunning 120 race on American soil this year precisely on March 5, 2017. The race, the second leg of the 2017 Towerrunning 120 series, will see 1000 participants scaling 720 steps to the 42nd floor of the landmark building.  “We are delighted with the organization of La Carrera Torre Latino and are very pleased to be part of the WFGT Towerrunning Challenge and to host Towerrunning 120 event this year again” said race director Pedro Fossas. “The Tower has a lot of charisma and we are sure it is going to be a very exciting event", he added.

Elite runners will be competing for a share in 1200 Euro prize pool awarded to the top 3 placed male and female competitors. Another 1200 Euro is reserved for the top 3 placed male and female competitors in Master and Veteran category. The race organizer and the TWA are pleased to offer travel packages for 4 athletes comprising 300 Euro travel reimbursement and 2 nights of accommodation including breakfast. Two of these packages will be awarded to TOP 20 ranked TWA registered athletes using the official TWA Elite application system. Two packages will be raffled among applicants ranked TOP 50 in the December 2016 ranking update. Interested athletes can apply from Jan 26 until Feb 1, 2017, 10 pm CET by emailing president@towerrunning.com and sport@towerrunning.com.



January 22  -  Race Report - Towerrunning Tour Latina Vertical Sprint -  Torre Pontina            Video

The Towerrunning Tour 2017 started traditionally in Italy with the 4th edition of  the Latina Vertical Sprint, running up the ramps of the Torre Pontina to an altitude of 128 meters. Nearly 200 athletes attended the qualification heat up the 727 steps and 38 floors finishing out in the open to decide which ten males and five females will battle it out in the deciding final heat.

The defending champions Lenka Svabikova (CZE) and Tomas Celko (SVK) already clocked the fastest times in the qualification round and both were able to do it again in their final races. Svabikova defended her title with a time of 4:17,32 more than 20 seconds clear of Italian Ivonne Martinucci. More than a minute behind Agnieszka Kalinowska from Poland was 3rd. Celko even set a new course record in his final heat with 3:14,23. Like in the female race the other podium places went to Italy ( 2nd Fabio Ruga) and Poland (3rd Mateusz Marunowski).

A special challenge was the fact, that start and finish of the race are out in the open as well as most of the attractive side events.  But perfectly organized by Latina Runners and Maione Store we saw a heartwarming event despite the bitter cold holding its grip over Europe the last weeks. Latina Vertical Sprint was a great opener of the 2017 Towerrunning seasonand  we are looking forward many exciting Tour races in the coming weeks !



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