This second Saturday of the beginning year 2018 set a marker in the Towerrunning chronicles. On January 13th, 2018 Tour races on three continents were held ! Tallinn in Europe and the Dallas Vert Mile in the Americas started the new season, while in the Chinese Changsha many top athletes gathered for the 2017 Tour Final. It was a very important event for TWA and after the too good known setback in June the second succesful big race in China within 6 weeks.
Invited to the final event have been the respective Top 8 of the November ranking and nearly all of them came. But because Cindy Harris and Melisa Lopez were already committed to Dallas it was clear before the race that Suzy Walsham would finish the season as Number 1 for the 6th time in a row and for the 7th time overall. Yet the race brought a major surprise, as the only female sub7 was not Suzy, but Czech athlete Zuzana Krchova beating the favourize by 4 seconds ! Third place went to Dominika Wisniewska-Ulfik from Poland (7:29) just three seconds faster than Alice McNamara (AUS). The fastest home athlete was Muhua Jian on 5 before Mexican Rocio Carrera placing strong 6th on her first race outside her home country. Exactly on 7th, the place she needed too overtake Cindy Harris for the runner up spot in the season ranking, was Lenka Svabikova. She set another mark on this weekend, as she flew to Italy immediately after the race and so was the first participating on two continents within one weekend. And Lenka won the Latina Vertical Sprint ! The other Changsha racer winning on Sunday was Cindy Reid. After her 3rd win in a row there she even bungy-jumped down Macau Tower !
"All Piotr" was the guideline in the male season. With his 19th race win of the year the Polish athlete demonstrated again his dominance reflected by more than five years of continuous leadership in the ranking. The runner up position in the season end ranking of absent Frank Carreno (COL) was out of reach for German Christian Riedl, but his 2nd place in Changsha made him No. 3 for 2017 agains some others contenders. Very strong raced the Chinese athletes with Wenbo Zeng 3rd, Liangliang He 4th and Jiajing Ou 6th. And German Evergreen Goerge Heimann finished 5th and so managed to finish the eventful 2017 season in a personal best 4th position.
January 13 – Race Report Dallas Vert Mile - Reunion Tower - Dallas
Tower running legends Terry Purcell and Cindy Harris took double wins and set blistering new records at the 2018 Dallas Vert Mile.
Purcell, of Springfield, IL, shattered Jason Larson’s 2017 record in the Vert Sprint race by 14 seconds to become to first person to climb Reunion Tower in less than four minutes. His time of 3:58 topped runner up John “Oz” Osborn who finished 4:13 while last year’s winner Jason Larson took third in 4:15.
The athletes raced up 50 stories and 470 vertical feet of stairs.
In the women’s Vert Sprint race, Cindy Harris of Indianapolis, IN soared to a new woman’s record of 4:46 to beat runner up Stephanie Hucko of Charlotte, NC and Jessica Pickett of Enid, OK. Hucko also finished in less than five minutes by clocking in at 4:59 while Pickett finished in 5:13.
Noted endurance athlete and tower racing newcomer Tracie Akerhielm of Cedar Hill, TX missed the podium by just one second with her time of 5:14.
In the men's full Vert Mile, four men finished 12 laps up the tower and 5,640 vertical feet in less an hour, something no one had done previously.
Purcell again led the way with a time of 55:56. Alex Workman, of Schenectady, NY, took second in 57:23. Jason Larson, of Golden Valley, MN, rounded out the top three with a time of 58:45. Harrison Keiffer of Dallas, TX, also snuck in under the hour mark at 59:35.
On the women’s side, Harris flew up the stairs with a time of 1:02:12 to set a new woman’s course record by a whopping nine minutes. Pickett again came in second at 1:05:42, and Sabrina Little of Robinson, TX came in third at 1:07:04.
Akerhielm took another fourth-place finish by finishing the full Vert Mile in a time of 1:09:54.
Competitors in the full Vert Mile were only timed going up. So while the clock stopped while they rode the elevators down, all athletes had to finish the race within two-and-a-half hours of when then started.
This year’s Dallas Vert Mile included four of the top five male and female tower runners in the United States as well as many other nationally ranked stair climbers.
January 15 – Announcement Bieg Na Szczyt Rondo 1 - Warsaw on February 24
January 13-14 – Oulempia Double Run Up - Latina Vertical Sprint
On this second weekend of the new year the Towerrunning Tour 2018 started in Europe too, with two "sprint races".
In the capital of Estonia, Tallinn, one of the hot spots of the sport in Europe ( 6 races in the 2017 season) the Ouelempia Double Run Up brought another victory for coorganizer Rauno Tiits, female winner was Piret Pöldsaar. Good news from Estonia is, that the founding of a national association is in progress and hopefully we see the inaugural National Championships at the country's most traditional race, the Teletorni Trepijooks at the TV Tower on April 1.
January 13 – Towerrunning Tour Final 2017 - Changsha Gallery
December 29 – Announcement Olümpia Double Run Up - Tallinn - January 13, 2018
The Towerrunning Tour 2018 starts on three continents. In Europe there is a Trial 60, the first ever Tour race in Estonia.
Race entry is free for registered TWA athletes.The hotel offers a special accomodation package of 80€ per night (both single and double). Included breakfast buffet, sport club entry and late check out. Info
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