March 15 - Race Report: La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel - Paris Pictures credit © Eco Trail organization
La Tour Eiffel is a mighty Iron Lady overlooking Paris from the Champ de Mars near the Seine. For the 4th year in a row now it invites some selected athletes to climb the 1665 stairs up to her highest platform. Exactly one for each year she was guarding the French capital - making it 129 lucky climbers this year ! Among these Suzy Walsham(AUS) and Piotr Lobodzinski(POL) both unbeaten three time champions and naturally favourites again.
The track is structured into three parts corresponding to the user platforms and as always the final one is the most decisive one. At Tour Eiffel this is by far the longest one too and the spiral section near the finish adds an extra challenge to the already tired athletes. In this section it is practically impossible to overtake without "help". Despite time trial start this time the third ranked female was blocked here a bit, but thankfully without consequences for the podium places in the end. In this 2018 edition wind and partially heavy rain made for an additional chill factor to the already modest temperatures, so that the course records were out of reach.
February 25: Race Report - Scale the Strat - Las Vegas
Don't watch the clock, do what it does - keep on going !
In Life - where you are not is just as important as where you are. Las Vegas, the small city in Nevada, which has over 42 million visitors a year, has also the tallest freestanding observation tower. This year's Scale the Strat was a big event, again serving as the Towerrunning USA Championship race. The event itself also had more participants than any year in its history. This year also marked the 10th anniversary of the event, with firefightersclimbing in full gear.
With a few of the top ranked American men unable to make this year's race, attention turned to the women's race where 7 of the current ranked top 10 were in attendance.Towerrunning legend Cinday Harris was given the #1 bib as a tribute to her decades of success and competition looked to be close for both men and women.
The event started off late, with a 40 minute delay at the beginning. IT issues at the tower prevented the accurate collection of results. Racers had to stay in a side hallway tryingto stay warm and stay focused, while things were fixed, and the first climbers entered the stairwell at about 8:40AM.
In the women's race, Harris easily raced off to yet another win in 8:42. Though the time was slightly off her very best, she won by over 0:45. 2nd through 7th places were separated by only 0:29. 2nd ranked American Stephanie Hucko finished in 9:29 while 3rd ranked Meg Santanna finished one second behind. Christine Soskins in 9:38 and local Vegas resident Erica Schramm in 9:40 rounded out the top 5.
The men's race was the closest it had ever been, with the top 3 separated by only 3 seconds. Josh Duncan took home his first Scale the Strat win in 8:10, while world ranked #9 climber Gustavo Mendoza finished in 8:11. Vegas local and 19 year old Greg Billingsly finished in 8:12. Jason Larson at 8:19 and Texas based runner Harrison Kieffer at 8:35 rounded out the male top 5.
Follow your passion. (RH)
March 5 - Announcement of Valtellina Vertical Tube Race - Sondrio
The Towerrunning 80 race will be held at Valtellina Tube ( Sondrio ) on Saturday April 7, 2018. Valtellina Vertical Tube race will see athletes climb “the toughest Kilometer of the World”. The race consists of 2713 steps, for a total climb of 500 meters altitude and an exact distance of 880 meters.
TWA and the organizer of Valtellina Vertical Tube race are pleased to announce travel packages for 4 athletes comprising 2 nights of accommodation including breakfast. There will be free race registration for further 10 athletes. Travel packages will be awarded to TWA registered athletes with TOP 50 ranking using the official TWA elite application system.
February 27 - Towerrunning World Championships 2018 - Race Details
66 Days to go
On May 5, 2018 the famous Taipei 101 will host the 2nd Towerrunning World Championships.
Here are some Race Details important to know !
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. (Martin Luther King, Jr)
Poland’s Rondo 1 race is every year a highlight in the Towerrunning sport. Since 8 years people from all around the globe are coming to this event. With several well-organized live broadcasts, race views from the start, stairway and finish, interviews, after-race-video etc. - it is certainly presenting the Towerrunning sport in a bright light. Firemen, kids, elite runners and the regular jogger – they were all present to take the challenge. 26% of 636 participants were female, which shows that the sport still has left a lot of room for development in the female category. In Warsaw, the 10 fastest women / men qualify for another round, the final heat.
Unlike to another big sport event, which took place the days before, the Towerrunning sport is welcoming people from all nations and cultures to their events, without excluding anybody because of their origin. Sport can be a tool to connect people from worldwide and be an example to get along well with each other, although they are competing against each other.
Lobodzinski made his 4th win this year in the male category, followed by Riedl and Stefina. The German male runners were exceptionally present with 6 athletes, 3 of them made it into the top 10.
Zuzana Krchova made here first win here, by improving her time from last year by 30 seconds. In the first run the 2nd place went to Dominika Wisniewska-Ulfik, who’s getting closer to her former shape. Only a blink of an eye, 0,6 seconds behind her, on the 3rd position was the winner from last year, Anna Ficner. In the final Ficner switched places with Wisniewska and conquered the 2nd place.
We congratulate all participants for their achievements. At the end it is a competition you against you. Next stop of the Towerrunning Tour will be in Paris at Eiffel tower. (RH).
February 24: Top 7 - Bieg Na Szczyt Rondo 1 - Warsaw
1 Zuzana Krchova (CZE)
1 Piotr Lobodzinski (POL)
2 Christian Riedl (GER)
3 Stefan Stefina (SVK)
4 Goerge Heimann (GER)
5 Michal Kovac (SVK)
6 Piotr Mroz (POL)
7 Mateusz Marunowski (POL)