July 4 - Announcement Towerrunning 160 BB Sep 8 Brno Bratislava
Following the successful staging of the 2017 Towerrunning 160 race ,a similar race format will again apply for this year’s Towerrunning 160 race. Unique to the Towerrunning Tour calendar, the event will see athletes compete this time in two races in two 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.
Due to unfinished construction we have to skip the Donauturm race in Vienna this year. First race will be in Czech republic on Saturday 8th September in the morning up the 700 steps of Brno’s AZ Tower, the country’s tallest building; while the final thrilling race on Saturday 8th September afternoon will be up the challenging 430 steps of UFO Tower in Bratislava, Slovakia. This means the race will be decided on Saturday with two races!!! Runners will score points at each event, with the overall highest point scorers vying for a share of the 2 000 Euro prize pool. Prize money will be distributed to male and female winners as follows:
Race organizers and TWA are pleased to offer 12 travel packages 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 ). Travel packages will be awarded to TOP 50 ( July 2018 ) ranked TWA registered athletes using the official TWA elite application system. Interested athletes can apply from Wednesday 4 July until Sunday 5 August, 2018, 10pm Central Europe Time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Another 20 travel packages for TWA registered athletes 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 Wednesday 4th July until Sunday 19th August, 2018, 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://my3.raceresult.com/99568/info?lang=en, from 1st July until 2nd September, 2018.
July 3 - Announcement for SkyRise Chicago on Nov 4
One of the tallest indoor stair climbs in the world will be held up the soaring Willis Tower in Chicago on Sunday, November 4h, 2018. SkyRise Chicago, a Towerrunning 80 race and WFGT Towerrunning Challenge event will see athletes climb 2,115+ stairs and 1,353+ ft to finish at SkyDeck Chicago on the 103rd floor. Like last year due to construction there are 2 bonus floors ! The event is expected to attract more than 3,000 participants and raise more than $USD 1 million for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
SkyRise Chicago is pleased to announce free registration to 40 elite athletes as follows: 5 international slots for TWA-registered athletes with a Top 30 ranking according to the June 2018 TWA rankings; a further 30 slots (15 male and 15 female) to top ranked TWA-registered USA athletes according to Towerrunning USA rankings at the end of the application period; and a further 5 slots to other TWA-registered competitive athletes based on recent performance. Interested athletes can apply from July 1st until July 31st, 2018 at 10pm CET.
June 3 - Race Report: Carrera Towerrunning Challenge Torre Latino - Mexico City
Torre Latino is an iconic building in downtown Mexico City. Built in 1956 it was the first skyscraper in Latin America and is a worthy venue for the yearly final of the Mexican Towerrunning series. Athletes have to climb 42 floors with 720 stairs and almost 500 took the challenge again on June 3. The race traditionally is part of the TWA Towerrunning Tour and the World Federation of Great Towers Towerrunning Challenge. There are invitations for elite athletes and price money not only for the fastest overall racers, but for Master and Veteran categories too. Another great aspect about this event and making it unique is, that challenged athletes are an important part of the competition and of course children are racing too.
Like in the past three years we experienced a great event, organized in the proven way by Pedro Fossas representing the tower and Roberto Velezquez, President of Towerrunning Mexico, with his team.
May 26 - Race Report Subida Vertical Gran Hotel Bali - Benidorm Video
Only 6 days after Christian Riedl won the competition in Shenzhen, he took another winner trophy home in his bag. With a time of 4:23 minutes he reached the roof of the Gran Hotel Bali in Benidorm. The view on the top of the beautiful spanish coast was certainly the payback for the hundreds of steps of hard work before. In an unbelieveable time of 4:34 minutes, another German runner, Görge Heimann, reached the 2nd position before the Slovak Stefan Stefina. Heimann, who is going to turn 50 years young in October, improved his previous time by 11 seconds, Stefina by 1 second.
In the female category the Moroccan Wafiya Benali, who also loves to participate on street races, set the new course record in 5:43 minutes. Lenka Svabikova followed her with a gap of 15 seconds. The spanish runner Maria Beltran Toledo remained true to the towerrunning sport. She came in 2 seconds faster than in 2017. All other athletes also fought hard for their best outcome and to conquer the 936 steps.
Haki Doku from Albania, chose to take another stair challenge with his wheelchair. After he had done, for instance in the past Frankfurt’s Messeturm, he was ready for the hotel Bali. He „rolled“ down from the top in 18:14 minutes. This shows will power is the key to success. It is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets.
The 15th version of Subida Vertical at Grand Hotel Bali denoted a new participant record in 2018. This competition definitely remains something special for all international athletes. Thanks to Miqel Tortosa and his team the race has established itself as one of the highlights of the Towerrunning Tour and would be a perfect venue for a championship tournament.
May 20 - Race Report PAFC International Vertical Marathon Masters - Shenzhen - PingAn Finance Centre
The recently finished 599m office building is the world's 4th highest skyscraper at the moment. A great venue for an exciting race, where athletes had to climb 116 floors on 3201 stairs from ground to the observation desk making 541m altitude. An excellent international field lined up in the afternoon of a very hot and sunny day with outside temperature of 33° and high humidity. These conditions made even the prerace warm up a tiring business and some athletes from cooler parts of the world described this indoor event as a "heat race" !
Business as usual in the female race. This was the 3rd big race on continous weekens for Suzy Walsham, but the new crowned Towerrunning World Champion in 22:51 added another clear win to her long success list. Runner up was Muhua Jian from China and US legend Cindy Harris completed the podium. Home athlete Qinglan Zhou placed 4th followed by Italian legend Cristina Bonacina and Mexican Maria Elisa Lopez.
One man was unbeatable in the male race. With 19:28 in absence of Piotr Lobodzinski the Vice World Champion Christian Riedl from Germany was the only one with a finishing time under 20 minutes. But the race for runner up spot was very very narrow - a mere 11 seconds made the difference between ranks 2 to 5 ! Qinhua Liu from China was the lucky one on 2nd followed by German Goerge Heimann (like in Taipei same rank for him as for equally "young" Cindy Harris !). The two others narrowly repressed from the podium were Japan's Ryoji Watanabe and Wenbo Zheng from China. Another Chinese athlete, Wei Chen, placed 6th followed by Michal Kovac from Slovakia and a not fully fit Wai Ching Soh from Malaysia.
May 17 – Announcement Ostankino Tower Run - Moscow on July 21
On July 21 the first Towerrunning 200 race in Europe this year will be held in Russia. New country on TWA Towerrunning Tour race map and a breathtaking venue too ! Ostankino Tower built in 1967 is the second tallest structure in Europe with a height of 540 meters. Nothing more to say – just enjoy !
It will be a revival race. Ten times National Championships were held at the venue. At the 2000 edition 70 athletes raced after a qualification the day before. The fire a few months later stopped it .... The race will see competitors running up 1 704 steps to the 337 meter high finish, course record is 11:55. The race organizers offer a 5 000 Euro in prize money for the four best male and female runners (1000 - 750 - 500 - 250).
The TWA is pleased to announce travel packages for 6 athletes ( non Europeans ) comprising 400 Euro travel reimbursement and 2 nights of accommodation including breakfast and 6 athletes ( Europeans ) comprising 200 Euro travel reimbursement and 2 nights of accommodation including breakfast. These packages will be awarded to TOP 40 ranked TWA registered athletes in the May 2018 ranking update using the official TWA Elite application system. Apploications to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. from May 23 to 30, 2018, 10 pm CET.