April 8 - Race Report: Valtellina Vertical Tube Race - Sondrio
The only outdoor stair race in the Towerrunning Tour 2017 - let's consider the Eiffel tower race not as an outdoor run because it has all typical characteristics of an indoor run - took place in lovely Valtellina near Sondrio. Because the race track goes straight along a water tube the event is called Vertical Tube race. Like in previous years the third edition was a battle between international well recognized Towerrunning specialists and the very strong Italian mountain runners. And again the first group led by Tomas Celko and Stefan Stefina did not really have a chance to fight for victory. After being runner-up last year Hannes Perkmann changed position with defending champion Francesco Puppi (both ITA). The winning time of 14:15 minutes for exactly 500 meters of climb and 2713 steps was just 13 seconds slower than the course record. The surprise of the day was maybe Jakob Mayer from Austria. Already well known for his stair running abilities (e.g. place 4 in the TWA World Championships 2015) he may have benefited from his mountain running experience (e.g. part of the Austrian national team).
In absence of the injured dominator of previous years, Emmie Collinge (GBR), again an Italian resident athlete with foreign nationality has been victorious in the female category. Katarzyna Kuzminska (POL) with a time of 17:48 minutes was just 5 seconds ahead of Valentina Belotti. Another 7 seconds behind Francesca Bellezza (both ITA) completed the podium.
April 8 - Valtellina Vertical Tube Race - Sondrio
Top 6 Towerrunning 80
1 Hannes Perkmann (ITA) 14:15
April 7 – Accomodation World Championships 2017 - Guangzhou - June 17-18
The second Towerrunning World Championships will take place on June 17-18, 2017 at Canton Tower in Guangzhou (CHN).
The TWA is pleased to announce additional travel packages for 14 athletes comprising 3 nights of accommodation including breakfast ( 2 in a room )
These packages will be awarded to TOP 50 ranked TWA registered athletes in the March 2017 ranking update using the official TWA Elite application system. Interested athletes can apply from April 8 until April 15, 2017, 10 pm CET
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. The World Championships are a regular Towerrunning Tour event with the highest possible factor of 280. More information will be published soon.
March 25 - Race Report: Dallas Vert Mile - Reunion Tower Pictures
The inaugural Dallas Vert Mile in Texas, USA brought a terrific field who blitzed Reunion Tower’s 470 vertical feet and 807 steps! The event featured three races - a sprint race, which consisted of one climb up the tower; a three-lap, 1/4 climb; and a 12 lap vert - or vertical - mile. All of the Towerrunning World Association points up for grabs came in the sprint race.
Egle Uljas won the women’s field with a time of 5:42 followed by Jessica Pickett and Christiana Aleman. Karen Geninatti - who had won previously in Reunion Tower - and Heather Conover - rounded out the top five. On the men’s side, Jason Larson defeated John “Oz” Osborn by four seconds to claim victory in 4:12. Brian Elliott - an accomplished endurance athlete but newcomer to tower racing - came in third. Josh Duncan missed the podium by just one second, and Scott Stanley, the former Reunion Tower record holder, finished fifth.
Although this marked the first Dallas Vert Mile tower race, there had been races in Reunion Tower in the past, and the winners of the sprint race didn't just beat the previous records - they smashed them! Ten women beat or tied the previous record of 7:20, and eight men finished under the previous record of 5:08. Egle Uljas topped the record by nearly 1 1/2 minutes, and Jason Larson lowered the men’s record by 56 seconds.
While the full vert mile event did not count for TWA points, it did count for points with Towerrunning USA. Jason Larson and Oz Osborn battled just as fiercely as they did in the sprint race, and this time, Oz came out on top with a time 1:01.22. He edged Larson by 15 seconds - a difference of just 1.25 seconds per lap. Josh Duncan easily made the podium in this race with a solid third place showing followed by Brady Renshaw in fourth and Brian Elliott in fifth.
On the women’s side, Kristin Renshaw won the full vert mile in 1:11:22. Andrea Magee came in second followed by Jessica Pickett, Christian Aleman, and Lila Lehtola. In the 1/4 mile race, 16-year-old Collin Lee bested Mike Mannis by five seconds to win in 20:51 with Robert Liao, Steve Tuholski, and Kevin Clock rounding out the top five. Courtney Ortegon won the women’s division in 21:25, a time that would have been fast enough to put her on the men’s podium. Sara Lumbley came in second ahead of Michele Hughes, Kirby Lee, and Danielle Daily.Notable first time towerunning competitors included former Dallas Marathon winner Logan Sherman and former UFC welterweight champion of the world, Johny Hendricks.
March 27 – Announcement - Subida Vertical Gran Hotel Bali - Benidorm on May 13
On May 13 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 14th edition of the race. The race will see competitors running up 924 steps over 52 floors to the 180 m-high finish.
Last year Iwona Wicha and Christian Riedl were the winners. Riedl broke the course records with time of 4 min 20 sec. No doubt this year’s competitors will be eyeing to go even faster.The race organizer offer a 1 200 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 night's of accommodation including breakfast, lunch and dinner. These packages will be awarded to TOP 30 ranked TWA registered athletes in the March 2017 ranking update using the official TWA Elite application system.
Additional travel packages for 6 athletes comprising 2 nights of accommodation including breakfast, lunch and dinner will be awarded to applicants ranked TOP 50 in the March 2017 ranking update.
March 24 – Race Mode: 2nd Towerrunning World Championships 2017- Guangzhou June 17-18
Saturday, June 17, Heat 1
Sunday, June 18, Heat 2
Sunday, June 18, Final
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.