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March 6  -   Race Report: Carrera Vertical Torre Latino - Mexico City         Gallery

Latin Americans revelled in the high altitude air again at Sunday’s Towerrunning 120 and WFGT Challenge race, the Colombians Frank Carreňo winning the elite men’s race and Maria Eugenia Rodriguez taking the elite women’s crown. The race, up the 42 floors and 720 steps of the Torre Latinoamericana, a landmark on the Mexico City skyline, was always going to be tough, with the race finishing at an air-gasping altitude of 2,400 m above sea level, and the stairwell narrow and steep.
Despite the presence of strong European and local competitors, Carreňo, a multiple winner of Bogota's Ascenso Torre Colpatria, stormed to victory in a 3 min 42 sec. “I am very happy I could come to Mexico to compete, and the race had a great atmosphere”, said Carreňo. Second place went to best Mexican Gustavo Mendoza in 3 min 42 sec, with another local hero Oscar Caltenco in 4 min 04sec, narrowly beating 4th placed German Gorge Heimann by only a 1 second. The women’s elite race was highlighted by a new course record set by Colombian Maria Eugenia Gomez winning in a swift 4 min 53 sec. „ Setting a new course record makes my win even sweeter“ said delighted Gomez. Second place took the experienced Cindy Harris from USA  in 5 min 17 sec. And the best local runner  Esteffany Paredes claimed 3rd place in 5min 29sec.
"We were thrilled to have Torre Latinoamericana join the Towerrunning Tour and the WFGT Towerrunning Challenge this year and it was great to see the success of Mexican runners competing with the world bests, it was just a great sunday morning! " says Towerrunning Mexico president Roberto Velazquez.



March 2 – Announcement Towerrunning 160 -  Taipei 101 Run Up - Taipei MAY 1

The first 2016 Towerrunning 160 race and WFGT Towerrunning Challenge event in Asia will kick off on May 1st with the 12th edition of the Taipei 101 Run Up.  The building is a landmark super tall skyscraper in the Xinyi district of Taipei and until 2010 was the world’s tallest building, reaching 508m to the top of the spire.  Construction started in 1999 and the height of 101 floors commemorates the renewal of time: the new century that arrives as the tower was built (100+1) and all the new years that follow (1 January = 1-01).   

The race is regarded by stair runners as one of the toughest single building climbs in the world, with the height of the stairs, together with the height of the building, resulting in an overall punishing climb.   Although the highest occupied floor is 438m above ground, runners will “only” have to climb the 2,046 steps to the outdoor observation deck on level 91, 391 metres above ground.  Course records by two of the all-time great towerrunners, Paul Crake (AUS) and Andrea Mayr (AUT), still stand after almost 10 years at 10mins29sec and 12min38sec respectively. The race organizer offer a 4 000 Euro in prize money for the three best male and female runners.

Taipei 101 and the TWA are pleased to announce travel packages for 6 athletes comprising 400 Euro travel reimbursement and 2 nights’ accommodation.  For 4 additional TWA-registered Asian athletes, 1 night accommodation will also be offered.  Travel packages will be awarded to TOP 50 ranked TWA registered athletes in February ranking using the official TWA elite application system.  Interested athletes can apply from March 2 until March 16 at 10pm Central European time by emailing sport@towerrunning.com and president@towerrunning.com.



February 22 – Announcement Towerrunning 120 -  WTC Trappenloop - Almere APR 1

On Friday, April 1, 2016  ( not a joke :)) the 5th edition of the WTC Trappenloop will be staged in the World Trade Center Almere. WTC Almere is the tallest building in the region measuring 120 meters, 33 floors and exactly 600 stairs. After hosting the last two years a Premium Race, this year it will be the first Towerrunning 120 race on the European soil. The Elite heats starts at 18:30 and the race organizer offer a 1 200 Euro in prize money for the three best male and female runners.

The race organizer Start2Finish and the TWA are pleased to offer travel packages for 6 athletes comprising 200 Euro travel reimbursement and 1 night 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 January 2016 ranking update. Interested athletes can apply from February 22 until February 29, 2016, 10 pm CET by emailing president@towerrunning.com and sport@towerrunning.com.



February 3  -  Race Report - Empire State Building Run Up -  New York           Gallery

The Australian duo of Darren Wilson and Suzy Walsham dominated the 39th edition of the famous Empire State Building Run Up held Wednesday evening in New York. It was also the first race of the 2016 WFGT Towerrunning Challenge series. Howling winds greeted the runners as they exited the building after climbing 1,576 steps to the 86th floor observation deck, but it had little effect on the winners with Wilson crossing the line in 10:36 and Walsham clocking 12:19. 

The women’s elite were first off the mark and all eyes were on defending champion and record-winner Walsham to see if she could continue her previous years’ winning form.  She had a solid start, trailing only Italian Christina Bonacina into the stairwell, but took the lead at the tenth floor and was then unchallenged to reach the finish 1min17sec ahead of top American Stephanie Hucko, who finished with a personal best 13:36.  Third place went to Cindy Harris (USA), who was competing in her 19th start, and resulted in her 14th podium finish.  “I am so happy to get my 7th win here” said Walsham “I felt really strong during the race and got into a really good rhythm. It was great to go faster than last year.”

After two runner-up positions and last year’s third placing, Wilson was thrilled to come away with his first win.  “I’ve been coming here for five years so to finally win the race is awesome” commented Wilson, “I was first through to the stairwell and that really helped me get into my own pace.  When I started to pull away I had to stay focused and keep pushing to the end.  I’m so stoked.”  In addition to the winner’s trophy, Wilson has a permanent reminder of the race in the tattoo of the building on his calf.  In second position was Emanuele Manzi (ITA) in 11:10 with local hero Sproule Love (USA) third in 11:16.

The race is the oldest international stair climb and has become a “bucket list” event for the world’s top towerrunners.  Twenty-seven elite athletes from six countries were selected for the invitational heat which featured several of the World’s Top 10 stair runners and most of the top Americans.  Additional heats include media, celebrities, New York City real estate brokers, and athletes from the race’s charity partner, the Challenged Athletes Foundation.



January 27  -   Announcement Carrera Torre Latino  on March 6 - Mexico City 

Torre Latinoamericana, a skyscraper in downtown Mexico City, will host the first ever Towerrunning 120 event on March 6, 2016. The race, the first leg of the 2016 Towerrunning 120 series, will see 1 000 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. Even before we made it public last year, there was already big expectation about the race and being a final of Towerrunning Mexico 2015 series, the expectation is even higher”, he added. Elite runners will be competing for a share in 1 800 Euro prize pool awarded to the top 3 placed male and female competitors. Another 1 800 Euro is reserved for the top 3 placed male and female competitors in Master and Veteran category.

La Carrera Torre Latinoamericana is pleased to announce travel packages for 4 elite tower runners comprising 300 Euro travel reimbursement and 2 nights of accommodation including breakfast. These invitation will be awarded to TWA registered TOP 50 ranked competitors using the official TWA application system. Interested athletes can apply from today until February 6, 10 PM Central European Time by emailing sport@towerrunning.com and president@towerrunning.com.



January 20 – Announcement - Towerrunning Tour 2016 - January to June

The 2016 season can already present the first winners from TowerrunningTrial 60 race held in Latina ( Torre Latina, January 10). Both Lenka Svabikova and Tomas Celko set the new track records!  In the next month we continue with New York’s Towerrunning 80 race, the world-famous Empire State Building Run Up on February 3, followed by USA Championships 80 race in Las Vegas ( Strathosphere, February 28 ),  we are heading to a “super-March” with three races on two continents. The first Towerrunning 120 race in Mexico City (Torre Latino, March 6) is followed by the Towerrunning European Championships 200 race in Warsaw (Rondo 1, March 12) and the Towerrunning 80 race in Paris at the iconic Eiffel Tower ( March 18 ). In April Towerrunning 120 races are staged in Almere  ( WTC Almere, April 1) and Calgary (Calgary Tower, April 23). May begins with a Towerrunning 160 race in Taipei (May 1), then a Towerrunning 120 race in Benidorm (Gran Hotel Bali, May 15) before Latin America’s new Towerrunning 160 event is held in Santiago de Chile (Gran Torre Santiago, May 22). Later on the focus traditionally shifts to Europe, beginning with the German Championships 80 race in Frankfurt ( MesseTurm, June 12 ) and the Towerrunning 160 triple race in Vienna (Danube Tower), Brno (AZ Tower) and Bratislava (Ufo Tower) is scheduled for June 17-19.

The summer  months are always pretty quiet so we will have a summer break to get ready for the second half of the Towerrunning Tour 2016.


The events were selected on the basis of a bidding process with standardized minimum requirements to be fulfilled by the respective organizers. Invitations, travel packages, and further incentives for top-ranked elite athletes will be offered by almost all of the selected events. These benefits are exclusive privileges for TWA-licensed competitors possessing a valid TWA registration for the 2016 season.

Moreover, all selected Towerrunning Tour races offer attractive cash prizes and prizes-in-kind.

 TWA President and WFGT Executive Committee member Daniel Cecetka emphasizes the importance of closely collaborating with the World Federation of Great Towers: “The fruitful partnership of the TWA and WFGT forms a great basis for many of the selected events. We are pretty convinced, that this partnership will give rise to the development of even more attractive races in the near future.” 
We are working hard, so stay tuned - additional races may join the selection !



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