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May 5 - Race Report Towerrunning World Championships 2018 - Taipei 101   Pics 1      Pics 2     Pics ARP

The tournament consisted of two heats at Taipei 101 starting with a "sprint" run up to floor 35with 824 stairs climbing 152 maltitude. Only 90 minutes later the decisive "full" run was started covering the classic 2046 stairs with 391 m  altitude up to the observation desk. In the first heat the ranking leaders and prerace favourites already showed their willingness to win this most important race of the 2018 Towerrunning season. Suzy Walsham( AUS) clocked an impressive 4:31 more than 20 seconds faster than Zuzana Krchova (CZE) and half a minute faster than 4 time 101 winner Valentina Belotti (ITA). Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) needed 3:39 beating Frank Carreno (COL) by 10 seconds. They were followed by two Germans, expected Christian Riedl and surprisingly just 0,28 seconds behind Goerge Heimann.

Suzy showed her superiority again in the second heat with a 13:01 personal best at 101 followed by Valentina (13:15) and Zuzana (13:52). According to the tournament mode at tie points the full race result determined that the silver medal went to Italy and bronze to Czech Republic.On  4th Dominika Wisniewska-Ulfik (POL), 5th Muhua Jian (CHN) coming from 7th after the sprint. Her strong performance in the full race and another tie points decision displaced Cindy Harris (USA) to 6th at her 101 debut after more than 20 years as extra elite stair racer. 

Piotr too was fastest in the full raceclocking a 11:11 and beating Christian by 4 seconds. this secured gold for Piotr and silver for Christian.Three athletes followed within 100 seconds. With 11:48 Ryoji Watanabe (JPN) jumped from 6th to 4th, Frank Carreno settled his bronze, whereas Mark Bourne (AUS) had to be content with 5th place. With a sub12 Jakob Mayr (AUT) was sixfastest in the full race followed by Emanuele Manzi (ITA), but the 6th in the World Championship tournament went to Goerge. It is fascinating that both World Championship 6th places were taken by athletes marked 50+ in the Towerrunning Ranking !

Thanks to the 101 team with the credit of having organized now 14 times the Taipei 101 Run Up  with a few thousand participants every year at this iconic venue we had an exciting Championship tournament. The TWA says "Thank You" too to 85 participants from 26countries ! The internationality of highest level Towerrunning is documented too by some statistzic trivia. 6 different nations won the medals, athletes from 9 countries were in Top6 and from 14 countries in Top 10. Only the winners nations Australia and Poland were represented three times in the Top10. Congratulations to the old and new World Champion Piotr Lobodzinski from Poland and to an emotional milestone in the extraordinary career of Suzy Walsham. The Australian athlete crowned herself World Champion in her 100th stair race having started 2006 in her living place Singapore !



May 5 - Top 6 Towerrunning World Championships 2018  

1 Suzanne Walsham AUS 560
2 Valentina Belotti ITA 475
3 Zuzana Krchova CZE 475
4 Dominika Wisniewska-Ulfik POL 395
5 Muhua Jian CHN 365
6 Cindy Harris USA 365

1 Piotr Lobodzinski POL 560
2 Christian Riedl GER 475
3 Frank Nicolas Carreno COL 455
4 Ryoji Watanabe JAP 400
5 Mark Bourne AUS 380
6 Goerge Heimann GER 335



April 24 - Towerrunning World Championships 2018 - Race Info  

The second Towerrunning World Championships will take place on May 5, 2018 at Taipei 101, Taipei.

Race mode:
The Towerrunning World Championships tournament will consist of two heats at Taipei 101:
Saturday, May 5, Heat 1, 7:00 am
Sprint Distance Race – 35 floors, 824 stairs, 152 vertical meters
Individual time trial ( interval 30 seconds ), all TWA registered Elite runners compete in heat 1, male and female
The 50 fastest males / females receive points according to a point scheme.
Starting order according to TWA March 2018 ranking update

Saturday, May 5, Heat 2, apr. 8:30 am
Full Distance Race – 91 floors, 2 046 stairs, 391 vertical meters
Individual time trial ( interval 30 seconds ), all TWA registered Elite runners compete in heat 2, male and female
The 50 fastest males / females receive points according to a point scheme.
starting order according to TWA March 2018 ranking update
Final standigs
The final standing will be decided by points system. Both heats will have the same points evalution. If some runners score the same amount of points better finish position in the second heat will determinate the final standing.

Prize money:
The top 6 male and female competitors according to the final standings of the event will receive cash prizes from the organizer according to the following scheme:
1st Place - 3000 EUR (each for men and women)
2nd Place - 2000 EUR (each for men and women)
3rd Place - 1500 EUR (each for men and women)
4th Place - 750 EUR (each for men and women)
5th Place - 500 EUR (each for men and women)
6th Place - 250 EUR (each for men and women)

The World Championships are a regular Towerrunning Tour event with the highest possible factor of 280. All registered TWA athletes willing to take part but not fulfilling the qualification criteria will get a spot in the Elite category and free race entry.



April 18  –  Announcement Carrera Vertical Torre Latino  - Mexico City on June 3 

Torre Latinoamericana, a skyscraper in downtown Mexico City, will host the first Towerrunning 120 race on American soil this year precisely on June 3rd, 2018. The race, the third leg of the 2018 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 he added. Elite runners will be competing for a share in 1 200 Euro prize pool awarded to the top 3 placed male and female competitors. Another 1 200 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 March 2018 ranking update. Interested athletes can apply from April 18 until April 25, 2018, 10 pm CET by emailing president@towerrunning.com and sport@towerrunning.com.



April 11  –  Announcement Subida Vertical Gran Hotel Bali  - Benidorm on May 26 

On May 26 the second Towerrunning 120 race in Europe this year will be held in Spain. The race venue, Gran Hotel Bali, is one of the most emblematic hotels in Benidorm and has picturesque views of the beautiful Poniente Beach. Until the 1960’s, Benidorm was a small fishing village but today it is known for its tourism, beaches and surprisingly, skyscrapers.

The Subida Vertical Gran Hotel Bali is one of the oldest stair races in Europe, and this year will be the 15th edition of the race. It will see competitors running up 924 steps over 52 floors to the 180 m-high finish. The race organizer offer 1200 Euro in prize money for the three best male and female runners and a special bonus of 150 Euro for breaking the track record.

 The TWA is pleased to announce travel packages for 6 athletes comprising 200 Euro travel reimbursement and 2 nights of accommodation including breakfast, lunch and dinner. These packages will be awarded to TOP 30 ranked TWA registered athletes in the March 2018 ranking update using the official TWA Elite application system. Additional travel packages for 6 athletes comprising 2 night's of accommodation including breakfast, lunch and dinner will be awarded to applicants ranked TOP 50 in the March 2018 ranking update.

Interested athletes can apply until April 18, 2018, 10 pm CET by emailing president@towerrunning.com and sport@towerrunning.com.



April 7  –  Valtellina Vertical Tube Race  - MOntagne di Valtellina   
                                    

Great day at Valtellina Vertical Tube Race with sunshine and perfect weather. Fully booked race with more than 400 entries. Win for vertical kilometer specialist italian Hannes Perkmann timing 14:10, second place for Italian mountain running rising star Alberto Vender 14:44 and third place for organizer and runner Emanuele Manzi who also set his pb to 14â:46. Just outside the podium but able to run under 15 the Austrian Jacob Mayer in front of surprising Swiss Friedrich Dä¤hler (first of non elite runners) Top ten also for Colombian Frank Carreno who finished 6th with time of 15:12. 

Great surprise in female category with win for the spanish young girl Gisela Carrion Bertran who set a good 17:25, Second place for the winner of last year Katarzyna Kuzminska (POL-17:28) and completing the podium the expert italian mountain runner and nordic skiers Antonella Confortola 17:43. Elisa Compagnoni finished in 5th place 18:07 just in front of Dominika Wisniewska-Ulfik (POL-18:22).


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