February 1 – Race Report: Empire State Building Run Up - New York Video
It was a momentous evening in New York on Wednesday night with the 40th anniversary of the Empire State Building Run Up, the oldest and one of the most iconic tower races in the world. Runners climbed up the famous building’s 1,576 steps to the 86th floor observatory, 326m above the ground. It was a night of firsts as Walsham dominated the women’s field to record an historic 8th title, the most by any athlete, while in the men’s elite, Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) scored a momentous maiden victory.
In a change to previous editions, it was the men’s elite who set off first. The field was strong with last year’s winner Darren Wilson (AUS) returning, in-form Canadian Shaun Stephens-Whale, previous winner Sproule Love (USA), and of course Towerrunning World champion Piotr Lobodzinski, competing in New York for the first time. Wilson was fresh off a victory in the AON Tower in Chicago on Sunday, and despite a close battle until the 72nd floor, Lobodzinski proved too strong in the final stages to take the victory in 10:31, with Wilson 12 seconds behind in 10:43. “The race was really really tough but I continued to push hard and it is so great to come here for the first time and win this famous race” smiled Lobodzinksi. Stephens-Whale continued his good form to place third in 11:04.
In the women’s race, expectation had been building all week for Walsham’s record attempt at an 8th victory, and she did not disappoint, leading from the start and pulling away mid-race to record a fast 12:11, her second fastest time ever. “I am so thrilled to have such a strong race and win here again” beamed Walsham “It’s amazing to think I now have 8 victories.” Cindy Harris (USA), who has incredibly competed in 20 editions of the race, 15 on the podium, continued her good form coming second in 13:11, while Meg Santanna (USA) achieved her first podium position in the race placing third in 13:51.
In addition to the elite races, there were also special heats for the media, celebrities, New York City Real Estate brokers, Marmot, firefighters and athletes from the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), including Roseann Sdoia who lost part of her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing and completed the race with her fiancé firefighter.
February 1 – Top 6 Empire State Building Run Up - New York
1 Suzanne Walsham(AUS) 12:11 - record 8th win
February 1 – Announcement Towerrunning World Championships 2017- Guangzhou June 17-18
Qualification criteria for invitations:
6 invitations = 600 Euro travel reimbursement + 4 nights accommodation including breakfast
10 invitations = 500 Euro travel reimbursement + 4 nights accommodation including breakfast
10 invitations = 400 Euro travel reimbursement + 4 nights accommodation including breakfast
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. More information will be published soon.
February 1 - Announcement of Towerrunning 120 Bieg Na Szczyt - Rondo 1 - Warsaw
TWA is proud to announce the first Towerrunning 120 race on European soil this year. On Saturday, March 11th, 2017 the 7th edition of the Bieg Na Szczyt will be staged at Rondo 1 in Warsaw. The race will consist of 2 heats, qualification round and a final for 10 best runners from the qualification round. Runners will climb 38 floors and 836 stairs to the finish line.
This year's race will be held for the first time in the afternoon instead of the morning as in past editions. Elite runners will be competing for a share in 1200 Euro prize pool awarded to the top 3 placed male and female competitors. Prize money will be distributed to male and female winners as follows: 1st – 300 Euro, 2nd – 200 Euro, 3rd – 100 Euro The race organizer and the TWA are pleased to offer travel packages for 8 ( eight ) athletes comprising 150 Euro travel reimbursement and 1 night of accommodation including breakfast.
5 ( five ) of these packages will be awarded to TOP 20 ranked TWA registered athletes using the official TWA Elite application system. 3 ( three ) packages will be raffled among applicants ranked TOP 50 in the January 2017 ranking update. Interested athletes can apply from February 1 until February 8, 2017, 10 pm CET by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
January 27 - Towerrunning Exhibition - Climb to Abu Dhabi - Etihad Tower 2 Gallery coming
Under the initiative of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, The Climb to Abu Dhabi Vertical Marathon presented by Daman’s ActiveLife was held at the iconic Etihad Towers on Friday the 27th of January 2017. A total of 712 participants took up the challenge across 6 different race categories climbing 82 Floors / 1,617 Steps or 32 Floors / 720 Steps with winners taking home $25,000 USD in prize money. The race served as the TWA´s first ever Towerrunning Exhibition with the not participating reigning World Champion Piotr Lobodzinski from Poland as official Race Ambassador
Australia’s Towerrunning Tour winner Suzy Walsham, who took home the Female Elite title in an impressive 10:30 was delighted with her performance, stating “What a wonderful event to see so many of the community take part in tower running. Today’s event was a good test, as it was a building that no one has ever run up. Delighted to take home the title and looking forward to seeing many more of the Abu Dhabi community take on the challenge next year.”
In the female elite race with 18 competitors from 10 countries we saw an Australian sweep on the podium. With more than a minute behind Alice McNamara and Brooke Logan took 2nd and 3rd places. Following in the ranking we had to Czech Athletes, Zuzana Krchova and Lenka Svabikova on 4 and 5 and Iwona Wicha from Poland on 6th position.
Christian Riedl from Germany, winner of the men’s elites category and current world number 2 ranked tower runner also expressed his delight at crossing the vertical line in the ultimate winning time of 9:21. He stated “I am very happy to win the event, obviously with such prize money on stake we had a strong field, so to hear my name announced as the winner was a great feeling. The race itself was considerably difficult with a fast track approaching the stairs, but overall a fantastic event and I´m looking forward to defend my title next year.”
The male elite race with33 competitors from 15 different countries was a very close affair with the Top3 within 10 seconds. Runner up was Slovak Tomas Celko and the last podium place was occupied by Shaun Stevens-Whale from Canada. The next places went to Emanuele Manzi (ITA), Stefan Stefina (SVK) and Goerge Heimann (GER).
January 27 - Towerrunning Exhibition - Climb to Abu Dhabi - Etihad Tower 2
Top 5 Elite Division - Official Winners Picture
1 Suzy Walsham (AUS) 10:30
1 Christian Riedl (GER) 9:21