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.
March 23 - Announcement: Guiyang International Vertical Marathon on March 26 - Guiyang
March 16 - Race Report: La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel - Paris
As the evening lights spectacularly lit up the Eiffel Tower, 128 selected athletes embarked on one of the world’s most spectacular tower races in the 3rd edition of La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel. Runners climb 1,665 steps over the Tower’s three stages to reach the 279 m summit, in what most agree is one of the world’s toughest stair races. Pre-race favourites Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) and Suzy Walsham (AUS) lived up to expectations, winning their third straight victories, however it was Walsham this year who achieved a new course record, running 10 seconds faster than her previous record.
The women’s elite race was up first, and racing individually in time trial format, it was Czech Zuzana Krchova who set the early pace, clocking 11:02.31. Dominika Stelmach (POL) set off at a cracking pace, going through the first stage 4 seconds faster than Krchova, and with her endurance background, continued stongly to record a swift 10:27.22. All eyes were then on Walsham, who was the last woman to set off. As in previous years, Walsham was controlled to the first stage in only third position, but by the second stage, she had moved into first position and was on track for a course record. As in previous editions, her strength over the last half of the race ensured a convincing victory, and this year, a new course record of 9:34.75, 10 seconds faster than the previous one set in 2015, and 14 seconds faster than her win in 2016. “I am so happy to have won here again and especially to get the course record” said Walsham. “My training has been going well and I knew it was possible for me to get a personal best, so it was a great feeling to execute my race plan and achieve this goal.” Stelmach, who planned to race the 30km Ecotrail event over the weekend, was also thrilled with her 2nd place, while Krchova was very happy for a podium finish on her first attempt.
In the men’s race, Lobodzinski was looking to continue his 2017 winning form and set off at a cracking pace, the fastest of the 84 male competitors. He maintained this lead over the remainder of the race, although the early fast pace took its toll with his final time of 7:54.76 slower than previous editions. The 2nd place getter was again Christian Riedl (GER) who despite being only in 7th place at the end of the second stage, stormed home to clock 8:04.29. It was a tight battle for the final podium position between Tomas Celko (SVK), Jakob Mayer (AUT) and Frank Carreno (COL), with only 7 seconds between their final results, but it was Celko who came through to take 3rd in 8:15.18, smashing his previous best by 15 seconds. “I am happy to win the race for the third time” said Lobodzinski, “But it was really really tough this year and I was very exhausted at the end. I was just happy to make it to the finish.” The race, organised by Ecotrail, has become one of the most sought after tower events. In addition to the privilege of running up one of the world’s most recognizable towers, the race poses some unique challenges for competitors – a race at night under lights, open to the weather conditions, and multiple stages with different stairwells.
March 11 - Race Report: Bieg Na Szczyt Rondo 1 - Warsaw Gallery
Ficner dominates while Łobodziński takes revenge
Despite extremely competitive group of international stair runners, it was Polish athletes who prevailed in the Rondo 1 Run Up 2017. Piotr Łobodziński avenged his last year's loss to Christian Riedl and Anna Ficner literally dominated women's competition.
Even before the race started, everyone stressed the importance of the qualifying round. Taking into account the finals were going to be organized in the pursuit race format, those who aspired to win in Rondo 1 had only one goal - to take the 'pole position' after qualifiers. Local heroes - Piotr Łobodziński and Anna Ficner - were both in this group and they got what they wanted. Łobodziński, current Towerrunning Tour leader and World Champion, made it to the 37th floor of Rondo 1 in 3:34, beating his biggest rival Christian Riedl (GER) by nearly 6 seconds. When Tomas Celko finished in 3:38, taking the 2nd place, it became clear that Riedl would need a miracle to repeat his last year's success in Warsaw.
Meanwhile, the women's competition saw an unbelievably strong performance from Anna Ficner who won the European Champion title in Rondo 1 last year. Although she was slower than in 2016, she managed to clock 4:40, setting a gap of as much as 30 seconds to the runner-up Dominika Stelmach (POL) before the final race. If Riedl needed a miracle, only some kind of a disaster could have stripped her of another win in Warsaw.
But neither a miracle, nor a disaster happened and the final races did not make any significant changes to the standings. Łobodziński and Ficner both claimed their third titles in the 7-year-long history of Rondo 1 Run Up.
A total of 600 stair runners took part in the event. Among them, there were some Polish celebrities who traditionally climbed for a charity organization - SOS Children's Villages. As a side event, a firefighter competition was also held in Rondo 1 with 61 teams on the starting list.