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December 8: Race Report -  Towerrunning 200 -  Bogota - Ascenso Torre Colpatria   

It is a great tradition in the Colombian capital of Bogota. It starts the night before. The streets in Bogota's International Center are really crowded and joyful people watch the impressive fireworks on top of Torre Colpatria .Next morning a few thousands of them climb the tower. This December 8th showed the 13th edition of Ascenso Torre Colpatria. This race is the most important event of the Towerrunning Tour on American soil. Organized by Correcaminos Colombia it combines world class sports and charity. supporting children with Operacion Sonrisa.

It is a well documented fact, that In international sports home athletes have some advantage over participants from other countries. But seldom this is proven so clearly as at Ascenso Torre Colpatria. Nearly all the greats of Towerrunning have tried at least once, but at the 12 editions before all the podium ranks were occupied by Colombians ! Main factor for sure is the 2700m altitude.

On race morning the weather forecast was not the best (heavy rain would make the outdoor final on the helipad impossible), but it held and we had a premiere. Cindy did it ! In her third decade of highest level stair racing the Indianapolis runner proved her recent top form and made it 1-2-3 in a few weeks. 12th win at SkyRise Chicago on Nov 5, 2nd place at the indoor altitude record race in Shanghai on Nov 25 and now 3rd and first Non Colombian on podium in Bogota.

With a time of 6:28 Liliana Moreno defended her title. It was the 6th win for the cyclist at Colpatria, three of those in elite, two in open and one in youth category. Runner up like last year was Ginary Camargo more than 20 seconds behind Liliana and 3 faster than Cindy.

More tension brought the male race. Despite all his recent success at international level Ascenso Torre Colpatria is the most important race for Frank Carreno. There were two strong contenders this year; the Olympic team athlete Nicolas Herrera and at his comeback at Colpatria the multiple winner and still record holder Juan Pablo Rangel. On top we saw a very happy and relieved Frank  securing his 4th win with a time of 5:06 just  one second faster than Herrera and Rangel in 5:13 not far behind too. "It becomes  more difficult every year." the old and new champioon stated, an opinion shared by Moreno. You can say even now, that the 14th edition on December 8, 2018 will be very interesting !

 Video from Win Sports TV (more than 2 hours)



December 8: Top 3 -  Towerrunning 200 -  Bogota - Ascenso Torre Colpatria   

Liliana Moreno and Frank Carreno are Champions again.
Cindy Harris is the first Non-Colombian on the podium in the history of Ascenso Torre Colpatria !

1 Liliana Moreno (COL) 6:21,78
2 Ginary Camargo (COL) 6:45,47
3 Cindy Harris (USA) 6:48,44

1 Frank Carreno (COL) 5:06,65
2 Nicolas Herrera (COL) 5:07,83
3 Juan Pablo Rangel (COL) 5:13,49

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November 26: Race Report Towerrunning 200 - November 26 - Shanghai - Shanghai Tower 

It was a momentous occasion on Sunday in Shanghai, China when the world’s first stair climb over 500m was staged up Shanghai Tower.  At 632m, Shanghai Tower is China’s tallest tower, and the second tallest in the world, although the race “only” covered 552m in vertical height to the 119th floor Observation Deck.  The highly anticipated event attracted many of the world’s top ranked tower runners, including men’s and women’s world leaders Piot Lobodzinski (POL) and Suzy Walsham (AUS), as well as the best Chinese runners, keen for a big win on home soil.

The race was staged in time trial format, with the seeded elite athletes departing at 30 second intervals.  For a building of this height, this was a challenge for the athletes - having to pace adequately over the long race, but continuing to push and challenge themselves, not sure of their competitors’ position or timing and therefore uncertain if they had done enough.  The end result in the men’s race was an astonishing 0.9second gap between first and second place, with Lobodzinski taking a narrow victory in 17:56 to Christian Riedl’s (GER) 17:57. Rounding out the top three was Australia’s Mark Bourne in 18:09, while Columbia’s Frank Carreno was fourth in 18:13 and China’s Wenbo Zheng (the fastest at 60 floors) in 18:17.

“I was a little bit lucky today” said a grinning Lobodzinksi. “But I am very happy to be first.  It is wonderful to be here in China and win this race, the tallest tower race ever.” Riedl was circumspect as runner-up, acknowledging that during the race he had done all he could.  Interestingly, Bourne was fastest over the last half of the race, posting an incredible 32 second negative split and snatching the final podium position in the process.

In the women’s race, Walsham continued her strong 2017 form, taking the win in 20:44 from Cindy Harris (USA) in 22:08 and China’s Huiji Zhang in 22:30. “It was such a long tough race” said Walsham “It’s an incredible building and I am thrilled to win this first tower race above 500m.”  Mexico’s Maria Elisa Lopez squealed in delight when learning of her 4th place in 24:09, while another Chinese athlete Muhua Jian rounded out the top 5 in 24:12.

Almost 1,000 runners scaled the skyscraper and enjoyed the incredible views on offer, knowing it was their hard work and effort that had taken them there.  Many were already analysing their races and working out how they could improve their performance for next time!

 



November 26: Top 5 Towerrunning 200 - November 26 - Shanghai - Shanghai Tower          

It was the first ever indoor stair race with an altitude of more than half a kilometer to climb. And the current ranking leaders once again were the fastest. While it was a "comfortable" win for Suzy Walsham just a mere second decided it for Piotr Lobodzinski with 5 male athletes within 20 seconds ...

Suzy Walsham (AUS) 20:44,16 - 1 - Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) 17:56,57
Cindy Harris (USA) 22:08,09 -  2 - Christian Riedl (GER) 17:57,47
Zhang Huiji (CHN) 22:30,65 -  3 - Mark Bourne (AUS) 18:09,84
Maria Elisa Lopez (MEX) 24:09,24 - 4  - Frank Nicolas Carreno (COL) 18:13,68
Juan Muhua (CHN) 24:12,09 - 5 -  Wenbo Zheng (CHN) 18:17,19



November 5 – Top 5 -  SkyRise Chicago - Willis Tower 

12th win for Cindy Harris before two Mexican athletes.
First Sub13 for defending champion Frank Nicolas Carreno sharing the podium with two generations of US athletes.
Due to renovation work in the lobby the race started from level -2 making it 105 floors this year :)


 Cindy Harris (USA) 15:27                           1           Frank Nicolas Carreno (COL) 12:58
  Maria Elisa Lopez (MEX) 17:13                 2                                 Bob Liking (USA) 14:24
  Araceli Castillo (MEX) 17:59                   3            Alexander Workman (USA) 14:50
  Sherri Breese (USA) 18:02       4         Jason Larson (USA) 14:55
  Kate Barnett (USA) 18:13      5     Thomas Scott (USA) 15:11

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November 2 – Announcement Towerrunning Tour 2017 Final -  Changsha - January 13, 2018

TWA is proud to announce the first Towerrunning Tour Final since the new Race categories came into life. On Saturday, January 13, 2018 the Towerrunning Tour Final 2017 will be staged at the amazing Beichen Plaza ( China Citic Bank Plaza )  in Changsha. Beichen Plaza is the tallest building in the city  with a height of 268 meters. The runners will climb 46 floors and 1 210 stairs to the finish line. The 16 invitations will be awarded to the TOP 8 athletes in the TWA November 2017 ranking ( male / female ). If some of the invitated runners decline their invitation, the invitation will go to the next runners.

All invited runners will get 600 Euro travel reimbursement in advance, 2 nights of accomodation including breakfast and free race entry.
Prize money for the TOP 6 male / female athletes: 1st place 2600 USD / 2nd place 2000 USD / 3rd place 1400 USD /4th place 830 USD / 5th place 530 USD / 6th place – 300 USD

The Towerrunning Tour Final 2017 is in the Towerruning 200 Race Category and will be the last race considered for the TWA December 2017 ranking. All TWA registered athletes can take part in the Tour Final race and will get a free race entry and a spot in the Elite category, maybe free accomodation for 2 nights too. All interested not invited athletes can apply from November 13 until November 20, 2017, 10pm Central European Time by emailing president@towerrunning.com and sport@towerrunning.com



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