July 3 -  Announcement Towerrunning 160  Vienna Sep 8     Brno Sep 9   Bratislava Sep 10  

Following the successful staging of the 2016 Towerrunning 200 race , the same race format will again apply for this year’s Towerrunning 160 race.  Unique to the Towerrunning Tour calendar, the event will see athletes compete in three races, across three days, in three different countries, and while the height of the towers favour the shorter distance specialists, backing up to travel and race day after day adds a certain challenge and complexity to the competition. 

The first race on Friday 8th September will see climbers racing up Vienna’s 779 steps and 150m high Danube Tower (Donauturm), Austria’s tallest building.  Saturday’s race will move to the Czech Republic, up the 700 steps of Brno’s AZ Tower, the country’s tallest building; while the final thrilling race on Sunday 10th September will be up the challenging 430 step UFO Tower in Bratislava, Slovakia.  Runners will score points at each event, with the overall highest point scorers vying for a share of the 2 000 Euro prize pool.  Prize money will be distributed to male and female winners as follows:

1st – EUR 500   2nd – EUR 300  3rd – EUR 200

 Race organizers and TWA are pleased to offer 12 travel packages comprising 100 Euro travel reimbursement, 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast, transport between races, and free race entry ( not eligible for Austrian, Czech and Slovak athletes ). Travel packages will be awarded to TOP 50 ( July ) ranked TWA registered athletes using the official TWA elite application system. Interested athletes can apply from Monday 3 July until Sunday 6 August, 2017, 10pm Central Europe Time by emailing and

Another 25 travel packages for TWA registered athletes are also available to purchase as follows: 150 Euro for 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast or 200 Euro for 3 nights’ accommodation with breakfast.  Both packages also include free race entry and bus transport between races. Interested athletes can apply from Monday 3 July until Sunday 20 August, 2017, 10pm Central Europe Time by emailing or Athletes applying for travel packages do not need to register for individual events. 

Non elite runners can register at, from 12 June until 3 September, 2017.

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Dear Towerrunners

Exactly one week away from the season highlight and our biggest event of all times we received our greatest defeat.
The "One Week To Go" postings were published and we had just finalised the elite start list.   Then out of the blue we got notice from Chinese authorities, that the event cannot be held this Saturday.

We have worked on this for over a year with our local partners, based among others by a cooperation agreement of VMA and TWA with the province government to organize international sports events ...
But on short notice the General Sports Administration did not issue the final approvement document:
"There are more than 60 oversea athletes will come to China and take part in the race, GSA need to do the background research to these athletes in order to prevent the potential political problem. Such as the issue not good for mainland's united."

Believe us, we feel as sad as you. This would have been a "Hell of a Race", but suddenly hell broke loose.
Towerrunning is a sport directed up. Nevertheless there are also some races with downstair sections, but with  your support step by step the TWA will overcome this setback. 

Stairs Up !

June 10 – World Championships 2017 -  Guangzhou - June 17

We have a small modification in the race mode:
Heat 1 will finish at the top too like the Final Heat. For complete information please check:
These are the challengers:
Female Participants
Male Participants

Towerrunning Trivia: Nothing historic this time: Check this Video Clip: One of the Championship participants met a prominent supporter of our sport while training at his gym - many of you surely will remember from TV ...

June 3 – World Championships 2017 -  Guangzhou - June 17

The elite start list is completed.
65 international athletes (22 females and 43 males) and of course the strong local Chinese competitors will climb Canton Tower on race day.
From the Top 10 of the actual TWA May Ranking all males and 8 females have registered. Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Mexico and USA are represented in China by 5 or more athletes.

Together with our friends at the Vertical Marathon Alliance  we are working intensively on the final details to make the event as enjoyable as possible for our participants from 24 countries. Only at race time on the stairs everybody is alone ...

Stay tuned for more information about the challenging athletes coming soon ...

Towerrunning Trivia: Finished in 1892 the Masonic Temple in Chicago for two years was the world's highest skyscraper. The lower ten floors were used as what we call a "Shopping Mall"  today - read more ...

May 27 – World Championships 2017 -  Guangzhou - June 17

The highlight of the year is only three weeks away. Find some condensed information at
This page will be updated continuously - stay tuned !

The athletes reaching the top of Canton Tower first in the Final Heat will top the next edition of our Table of Honor too. 
More info about the participating challengers next time.

Just one hint regarding the race day timetable, which is still in preparation. Final challenge after three very hard heats and the victory ceremony will be a beer party ...

Towerrunning Trivia: Nearly all of our indoor race venues have elevators. In 1870 the first building with passenger elevators was the 7 story  Equitable Life Building in New York.

May 13 – Race Report - Subida Vertical Gran Hotel Bali - Benidorm       Gallery coming

One month before the Guangzhou World Championships many elite athletes travelled to the Spanish Costa Blanca to participate in the 14th Subida Vertical Gran Hotel Bali. This well organized traditional race is special in some ways. The technical raw data are 924 stairs with 52 stories and the venue is the tallest building at the European Mediterranean coast. Like in some other hotel races start is in the lobby and the finish line out in the open at 186m, but the track at Gran Hotel Bali is not the standard hidden stairwell.   

The first race floors from the lobby and the last up to the roof (even leading through a hotel suite) are "irregular", but the rest has the following constant stairography: 3 -12 - 3 - flat with 90° left turns. Now imagine a 780 room hotel with a capacity of 2000 guests, then naturally there always is lots of action before the main elevators. And the flat part of a race story exactly passes this space, where guests are waiting for the elevators. Subida Vertical Gran Hotel Bali is a race amidst hotel life with potential people cheering (or doing other unexpected things) all along the track !

After a few houndred participants and firefighters finally the elite athletes climbed with an interval of 30 seconds. In the female race we saw a clear win by Czech top favorite Lenka Svabikova repeating her victory of 2015 with a time of 5:56. 20 seconds behind two Spanish home athletes battled for runner up with 2014 champion Rosi Llorens Zafra having the better end over Maria Beltran Toledo. 4th place went to Spain too with Sofia Garcia Bardoll. Only divided by a few seconds Maria Elisa Lopez from Mexico placed 5th followed by Dominika Wisniewska-Ulfik from Poland, who is successfully resuming her career after giving birth just a few month ago. Another prominent racer came 2nd, the Italian 2011 Towerrunning Champion Cristina Bonacina in her 98th stair race within the last ten years.
The tension was great before the male race. All the top 9 athletes from the current ranking were registered, just 4th Tomas Celko, the 2015 champion from Slovakia had to resign before due to injury. Everybody was expecting another duel between the German defending champion and course record holder  Christian Riedl and ranking leader Piotr Lobodzinski from Poland. This time the reigning World Champion from Poland in 4:26 had the better end over the reigning European Champion, who needed 4:34. And between these two Frank Nicolas Carreno (COL) raced to the runner up place in 4:29. Stefan Stefina (SVK - 4:38) came in 4th beating narrowly the fastest home  athlete Antonio Martinez Perez. With 4:45 Gustavo Isaac Mendoza from Mexico and Görge Heimann from Germany folowed on 6 and 7.

Thanks to the hotel owners as well as Miquel Tortosa and his team for making this great event possible ! Next stop of the Towerrunning Tour is Frankfurt on June 11 just one week before the season highlight at Guangzhou ...

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