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
Web: www.trepijooks.ee FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/events/187752875137521/
December 17 – Race Report Carrera Towerrunning WTC - Mexico City
María Elisa Pimentel and Alexis Trujillo won the first place in the first edition of the Towerrunning World Trade Center CDMX race with 42 floors 868 steps to finish the 2017 National Towerruning Championship.
Maria Elisa stopped the clock with 5.40 minutes, second place Araceli Castillo with a time of 5:51 minutes and third ended Jessica Vélez with 6:04, Tania Reyes León fourth place with 6:09 and comeback to run this race the mexican 2010 world sub-champion towerrunner Sandra Nuñez with 6:22 and fifth place.
At 07:30 hours the race started in one of the emblematic buildings of the Mexican capital. 300 towerrunners ran the first classifying heat. only 30 competitors won their place to the final. In this second stage the positions on the podium were decided. Also some blind participants attended.
Lopez Pimentel entered first with a time of 5:26 minutes, to be the first in the second F1-type start, in the same way, Araceli Castillo, who ultimately finished in the second place, let their rivals go to the front and close to the 25th floor they left everything. They demanded the legs and they exploded the heart. Maria Elisa Lopez, who is the third best in the world in this type of tests, took the lead, breathing accelerated and each step meant a strenuous obstacle to pass to get in first place and prove to be the best Mexican runner of 2017.
Meanwhile, Alexis Trujillo, was the best of the contest to stop the clock in 4:17 minutes, which left in the second place to Gustavo Mendoza, with a time of 4:28. The third place went to Jesús Raya, with 4:45 minutes; the fourth, for Isaac Escobar, with 4:52; while the foreigner, the American Matthew Baker, finished in fifth place, with 5:01.
At the first heat Alexis had qualified in third place, with 4:50 minutes; while Mendoza, marked the best time of the tie with 4:27, which meant that in the final he had to improve and enter first, however, in the second hit (finish) the legs did not respond and as he moved along the route and floor to floor he felt that the legs were breaking and the lungs were breaking into small pieces. In turn, Trujillo began to climb with more strength the stairs and from the 30th floor he went with everything. On the 42nd floor he saw how the goal was his and entered with a rictus of effort on his face and with his eyes almost exorbitant. But in the end that was worth it to confirm his level in the 2017 National Towerrunning Championship.