January 25 - Announcement Carrera Torre Latino on March 5 - Mexico City 

Torre Latinoamericana, a skyscraper in downtown Mexico City, will host the first Towerrunning 120 race on American soil this year precisely on March 5, 2017. The race, the second leg of the 2017 Towerrunning 120 series, will see 1000 participants scaling 720 steps to the 42nd floor of the landmark building.  “We are delighted with the organization of La Carrera Torre Latino and are very pleased to be part of the WFGT Towerrunning Challenge and to host Towerrunning 120 event this year again” said race director Pedro Fossas. “The Tower has a lot of charisma and we are sure it is going to be a very exciting event", he added.

Elite runners will be competing for a share in 1200 Euro prize pool awarded to the top 3 placed male and female competitors. Another 1200 Euro is reserved for the top 3 placed male and female competitors in Master and Veteran category. The race organizer and the TWA are pleased to offer travel packages for 4 athletes comprising 300 Euro travel reimbursement and 2 nights of accommodation including breakfast. Two of these packages will be awarded to TOP 20 ranked TWA registered athletes using the official TWA Elite application system. Two packages will be raffled among applicants ranked TOP 50 in the December 2016 ranking update. Interested athletes can apply from Jan 26 until Feb 1, 2017, 10 pm CET by emailing and

January 22  -  Race Report - Towerrunning Tour Latina Vertical Sprint -  Torre Pontina            Video

The Towerrunning Tour 2017 started traditionally in Italy with the 4th edition of  the Latina Vertical Sprint, running up the ramps of the Torre Pontina to an altitude of 128 meters. Nearly 200 athletes attended the qualification heat up the 727 steps and 38 floors finishing out in the open to decide which ten males and five females will battle it out in the deciding final heat.

The defending champions Lenka Svabikova (CZE) and Tomas Celko (SVK) already clocked the fastest times in the qualification round and both were able to do it again in their final races. Svabikova defended her title with a time of 4:17,32 more than 20 seconds clear of Italian Ivonne Martinucci. More than a minute behind Agnieszka Kalinowska from Poland was 3rd. Celko even set a new course record in his final heat with 3:14,23. Like in the female race the other podium places went to Italy ( 2nd Fabio Ruga) and Poland (3rd Mateusz Marunowski).

A special challenge was the fact, that start and finish of the race are out in the open as well as most of the attractive side events.  But perfectly organized by Latina Runners and Maione Store we saw a heartwarming event despite the bitter cold holding its grip over Europe the last weeks. Latina Vertical Sprint was a great opener of the 2017 Towerrunning seasonand  we are looking forward many exciting Tour races in the coming weeks !

January 9 - Announcement of Towerrunning 120 – Dubai M1 Run on February 18, 2017  

TWA is proud to announce the first Towerrunning 120 race in the Middle East this year. On Saturday, February 18, 2017  the M1 Run  will be staged at the Media One Hotel in Dubai. The ultimate ‘M1 Run 2017’ will consist of the 7-storey uphill car park run over 1.2km and a 33 floor stairwell climb (over 700 stairs) culminating at ON42 (42nd floor) of Media One Tower.

It will be the second TWA race in UAE this year.

There will be 1 200 Euro in prize money waiting for the best runners. Prize money will be distributed to male and female winners as follows:

1st – 300 Euro, 2nd – 200 Euro, 3rd – 100 Euro

Additionaly there will be a special prize money cheque for beating the track record worth aprx. 650 Euro (2 500 AED ) for male / female.

Current records are: male 7:09 min and female 8:48 min.

The prize money will be paid in AED.

The race organizer and the TWA are pleased to offer travel packages for 4 athletes comprising 300 Euro travel reimbursement and 2 nights of accommodation including breakfast. Two of these packages will be awarded to TOP 20 ranked TWA registered athletes using the official TWA Elite application system. Two packages will be raffled among applicants ranked TOP 50 in the November 2016 ranking update. Interested athletes can apply from January 9 until January 15, 2016, 10 pm CET by emailing and

January 7 – Announcement - Towerrunning Tour 2017 - January to June

Starting with Latina Towerrunning Trial 60 race ( Latina Vertical Sprint, January 22 ) followed by Abu Dhabi exhibition race ( Climb to Abu Dhabi, January 27 ). In the next month we continue with New York’s Towerrunning 80 race, the world-famous Empire State Building Run Up on February 1, followed by the first Towerrunning 120 race in Dubai ( M1 run, February 18 ) and finishing with USA Championships 80 race in Las Vegas ( Strathosphere, February 26 ),  then we are heading to a “super-March” with three races on two continents. The Towerrunning 120 race in Mexico City (Torre Latino, March 5) is followed by the Towerrunning 120 race in Warsaw (Rondo 1, March 11) and the Towerrunning 80 race in Paris at the iconic Eiffel Tower ( March 16 ). In April Towerrunning 80 race will be staged in Sondrio ( Valtellina tube race, April 8 ). May begins with the first highlite of the season Towerrunning Asian&Oceanian Championships 200  in Taipei (Taipei 101, May 7), followed by the Towerrunning 120 race in Benidorm (Gran Hotel Bali, May 13). In June we start  with the German Championships 80 race in Frankfurt ( MesseTurm, most probably June 11 ) and then we are delighted to announce the second Towerrunning World Championships 280 in Guangzhou ( Canton Tower, June 17-18 ). It will be again a two days race with more than one climb. Qualification criteria and more information will be announced soon.

The summer  months are always pretty quiet so we will have a summer break to get ready for the second half of the Towerrunning Tour 2017.

The events were selected on the basis of a bidding process with standardized minimum requirements to be fulfilled by the respective organizers. Invitations, travel packages, and further incentives for top-ranked elite athletes will be offered by almost all of the selected events. These benefits are exclusive privileges for TWA-licensed competitors possessing a valid TWA registration for the 2017 season.

Moreover, all selected Towerrunning Tour races offer attractive cash prizes and prizes-in-kind.

 TWA President and WFGT Executive Committee member Daniel Cecetka emphasizes the importance of closely collaborating with the World Federation of Great Towers: “The fruitful partnership of the TWA and WFGT forms a great basis for many of the selected events. We are pretty convinced, that this partnership will give rise to the development of even more attractive races in the near future.” 
We are working hard, so stay tuned - additional races may still join this selection !

November 5 - 50FlightFight - Prudential Center - Boston   
Report by Charles Bower:

On Saturday November 5, the day before the annual race at the Sears (Willis) Tower in Chicago, over 1,000 athletes from both the local area and from around the world descended on Boston’s Prudential Tower for a race celebrating the sports retailer Under Armour’s opening of a flagship store in the attached Prudential Center Mall.  The Prudential Tower is a 52 story building topped with a restaurant on the 52nd floor and a public observation deck on the 50th floor, and is second only to the 60 floor John Hancock building as the tallest in Boston.  It is  Boston’s only member of the World Federation of Great Towers, but had not hosted a stair race for several years.  After an initial untimed ceremonial run of about 150 meters through front door and over a red carpet through the mall, the course consists of a narrow enough stairway to permit use of both rails, rotating left, with two flights per floor.  The timed portion of the race began in the elevator lobby on the first floor and concluded in the 50th floor observatory, representing an approximately 192m ascent.

 The registration was announced only weeks before the event.  An event scheduled for the same day at the nearby John Hancock building was postponed as a result.  Unique to the event, especially for US stairclimbs, was free registration, absence of other donation or fundraising requirements, and, most significantly, a $5,000 prize for the overall winner, and $10,000 prize for the fastest Massachusetts first responder for use at their firehouse or police station.   Unfortunately, there was only one overall prize, and there were no gender specific prizes.  In spite of the event being free, swag included a UA technical event shirt, finishers medal, and event photos.  The event also required the top two competitors to race head to head in a second round for the grand prize. The top male finishers were from outside the USA: From Poland, Defending World Champion Piotr Lobodzinski  and completed the first round in 4:59, beating his own time by one second and finishing the final round in 4:58, taking the prize of $5,000.  Canadian Shaun Stephens-Whale took second with a time of 5:25 in the initial round and 5:22 in the final round.   Visiting from Columbia, Frank Carreno turned in a time of 5:27 for third place.   Frank then proceeded to win the Willis Tower the next morning with a time of approximately 13 minutes.  As of this writing, the exact time has not been determined due to timekeeping issues.  Sproule Love was the top US participant, finishing fourth with a time of 5:49. The women’s division winners were all from Massachusetts: Leah Eickhoff was first with a time of 7:07, Liliana Harrington was second with a time of 7:14, and Blair Robinson was third with a time of 8:06.  Brian Baxter of West Roxbury Massachusetts won the public safety division with a final time of 7:16, winning $10,000 for his department.

It was a fun event overall, although the final round was held in the evening.  While that gave the competitors ample time to recover, many of us were already at the airport on the way home or to Chicago for Willis.  Also, there weren’t any other awards or award ceremony, as many just completed their waves and left.  Since it was a celebration of the opening of the store, this author doubts it will be an annual event.  If they do it again,  I hope they consider a female award category.

December 20 - Announcement of Latina Vertical Sprint on Jan 22, 2017 

The first Towerrunning Trial 60 race in 2017 will be held at La Torre Pontina in Latina on Sunday 22 January 2017. Latina Vertical Sprint will see athletes climb 727 stairs and 128 meters to finish at the open deck on the 38th floor. This is also the first Towerrunning Tour event of the new season.

Latina Vertical Sprint is pleased to announce travel packages for 3 athletes comprising 200 Euro travel reimbursement and 1 night accommodation including a dinner. The race winners will get a prize cheque worth 100 Euro. 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 December 21 until December 28, 2016, 10 pm Central European Time
by emailing and

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