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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).


April 1  –  Teletorni Trepijooks  - Tallinn - TV Tower                                         Pictures

The 4th race of the WFGT Tower Running Challenge 2018 was held at the TV Tower in the capital of Estonia - Tallinn on April 1st. It was the 7th edition, which is arranged annually for the reopening of the Tallinn TV Tower.

Within the race  also the first national champions of the newly founded Estonian National Towerrunning Association were crowned.

 Congratulations toKaisa Kukk and Rauno Tiits. Kaisa Kukk (Estonia) , with her all-time record win 5:46 , and Rauno Tiits (Estonia), with his all-time record win in 4:35  The event attracted athletes of all ages and especially the future champions had their fun.

 Stay tuned for the next championship race, which will take place in Taipei at Taipei 101 on May 5th - the Towerrunning World Championships 2018 ! #StairsUp #TowerRunning #WFGT #GreatTowers



March 29: Announcement of Towerrunning 200 - May 20 - Shenzhen, China  - PingAn Finance Centre

TWA is proud to announce the first International Virtical Marathon Masters in Shenzhen Ping An Finance Centre. Ping An Finance Centre is the fourth tallest building in the world with a height of 600 meters. Players will climb from the ground to the sightseeing floor with total height of 541 meters, which is 116 floors and 3201 steps. Another breathtaking experience for Towerrunners!

There will be 6000 Euro in prize money waiting for the best male and female runners.

1st_: 1200 Euro
2nd: 800 Euro
3th: 600 Euro
4th: 400 Euro



March 15 - Race Report: La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel  - Paris           Pictures  credit © Eco Trail organization

La Tour Eiffel is a mighty Iron Lady overlooking Paris from the Champ de Mars near the Seine. For the 4th year in a row now it invites some selected athletes to climb the 1665 stairs up to her highest platform. Exactly one for each year she was guarding the French capital - making it 129 lucky climbers this year ! Among these Suzy Walsham(AUS) and Piotr Lobodzinski(POL) both unbeaten three time champions and naturally favourites again.
La Vertical de la Tour Eiffel definitely is one of the most unique races on the Tour. It is a mix between indoor and outdoor, as the athletes race within the structure but are exposed to weather conditions. It is held in one of the world's most popular landmarks - inseparably connected with Paris. It is the only race held in the highest building of a major town, that is originating from the century before the last. It is the venue of the worldwide first documented stair race way back in 1905 too. And the bibs are printed on shirts all participants are required to wear throughout the race.

The track is structured into three parts corresponding to the user platforms and as always the final one is the most decisive one. At Tour Eiffel this is by far the longest one too and the spiral section near the finish adds an extra challenge to the already tired athletes. In this section it is practically impossible to overtake without "help". Despite time trial start this time the third ranked female was blocked here a bit, but thankfully without consequences for the podium places in the end. In this 2018 edition wind and partially heavy rain made for an additional chill factor to the already modest temperatures, so that the course records were out of reach.

Weather definitely not brought an advantage for Singapore living Suzy in comparison to her European challengers, but the Australian long time number One in the ranking pushed herself to the limit and she did it again. Her 10:02,7 held runner up Zuzana Krchova(CZE-10:19,46) and third ranked Dominika Wisniewska-Ulfik(POL-10:34,18) on clear distance. Looking at intermediates we see that Suzy started "slow" - she was 4th on level 1 and 2nd on level 2. But in the end 1st on level 3 counts - good timing.
There is a similar story in the male race. Piotr was only 6th on level 1 more than 10 seconds behind Colombian Frank Carreno at this point. On level 2 he was still 2nd to Frank, but at the finish line the reigning World Champion and ranking leader for more than 5 years now should remain the only athlete with a sub8 time. 7:56,67 was a clear win before Christina Riedl(GER - 8:12) and Jakob Mayr(AUT - 8:19,29. 4th was Australian Mark Bourne and Frank finally finsished 5th before the fastest home athlete Hugo Altmeyer.

You can relive the action by watching the 3 hour video on our FB presentation, the Live broadcast reached more than 300.000 peoples. Eco Trail did an outstanding job again organizing this after only 4 years already iconic event !



February 25:  Race Report - Scale the Strat - Las Vegas      

Don't watch the clock, do what it does - keep on going ! 
In Life - where you are not is just as important as where you are. Las Vegas, the small city in Nevada, which has over 42 million visitors a year, has also the tallest freestanding observation tower. This year's Scale the Strat was a big event, again serving as the Towerrunning USA Championship race. The event itself also had more participants than any year in its history. This year also marked the 10th anniversary of the event, with firefightersclimbing in full gear.
 
With a few of the top ranked American men unable to make this year's race, attention turned to the women's race where 7 of the current ranked top 10 were in attendance.Towerrunning legend Cinday Harris was given the #1 bib as a tribute to her decades of success and competition looked to be close for both men and women.
 
The event started off late, with a 40 minute delay at the beginning. IT issues at the tower prevented the accurate collection of results. Racers had to stay in a side hallway tryingto stay warm and stay focused, while things were fixed, and the first climbers entered the stairwell at about 8:40AM. 
 
In the women's race, Harris easily raced off to yet another win in 8:42. Though the time was slightly off her very best, she won by over 0:45. 2nd through 7th places were separated by only 0:29. 2nd ranked American Stephanie Hucko finished in 9:29 while 3rd ranked Meg Santanna finished one second behind. Christine Soskins in 9:38 and local Vegas resident Erica Schramm in 9:40 rounded out the top 5.
 
The men's race was the closest it had ever been, with the top 3 separated by only 3 seconds. Josh Duncan took home his first Scale the Strat win in 8:10, while world ranked #9 climber Gustavo Mendoza finished in 8:11. Vegas local and 19 year old Greg Billingsly finished in 8:12. Jason Larson at 8:19 and Texas based runner Harrison Kieffer at 8:35 rounded out the male top 5.

Follow your passion.  (RH) 



March 5 - Announcement of Valtellina Vertical Tube Race - Sondrio

The Towerrunning 80 race will be held at Valtellina Tube ( Sondrio ) on Saturday April 7, 2018. Valtellina Vertical Tube race will see athletes climb “the toughest Kilometer of the World”. The race consists of 2713 steps, for a total climb of 500 meters altitude and an exact distance of 880 meters.
There will be 4.200 Euro in prize money waiting for the best runners. Prize money will be distributed to male and female athletes as follows:1st - 500 Euro, 2nd - 400 Euro, 3rd - 300 Euro, 4th - 250 Euro, 5th - 200 Euro, 6th – 150 Euro7th – 100 Euro, 8th – 100 Euro, 9th – 50 Euro, 10th – 50 Euro

TWA and the organizer of Valtellina Vertical Tube race are pleased to announce travel packages for 4 athletes comprising 2 nights of accommodation including breakfast. There will be free race registration for further 10 athletes.  Travel packages will be awarded to TWA registered athletes with TOP 50 ranking using the official TWA elite application system.

Interested athletes can apply from March 5 until March 11, 2018, 10 pm  CET
 by emailing:
president@towerrunning.com and sport@towerrunning.com.



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