Towerrunning – Vertical Marathon Dubai, April 13th, 2012


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Vertical Marathon Dubai

April 13th, 2012

World Cup Results and Press Release

It is one of the most absorbing Towerrunning events of the season. The magic skyline and special spirit of the Arabic desert metropolis Dubai combined with the challenge of mastering 1334 stairs in Jumeirah Emirates Tower at 35 °C ambient air temperature explain the special fascination of Vertical Marathon Dubai.

The 2012 edition of the race has been selected as a factor 1.5 Towerrunning World Cup Masters Races due to its organizational quality and distinguished internationality of the participants fields in previous seasons so up to 240 big points for the world ranking could be snatched.

2011 Dubai runner up Norbert Lechner (AUT) seized the opportunity, climbed a splendid 8:47 and thereby celebrated his first victory in a World Cup Masters Race. It was Lechner’s 12th World Cup podium finish and his 5th overall win. With his 379.0 points from races in Sao Paulo, New York, London and Dubai Lechner climbed up to position 8 in the world ranking.

After narrowly missing the top 3 in 2010 and 2011 William Higgo (RSA) finished the race on second position – 34 seconds behind Lechner. Third rank went to Hallvard Borsheim (NOR).

An abundantly clear victory was celebrated by Martha Rise (NOR, 10:24) in the women’s race. Amanda Nimon Peters (AUS) and Emily Meredith (USA) completed the podium.

The top 7 of both genders came from 13 different countries and the top 30 male and female finishers represented 20 nations from six continents. These figures again underline the extraordinary internationality of the event. Furthermore the race in Dubai was the first stair climb in the World Cup history with none of the top 30 ranks being occupied by the host nation.

Next week the Towerrunning scene will focus on the first European Masters Race in Messeturm Basel (SUI) serving as another major position-fixing for Towerrunning European Championships in Frankfurt and for the World Cup ranking.

Towerrunning – Bieg Na Szczyt Rondo 1 in Warsaw, 19th of May 2012


This is an official press release

We are really pleased to welcome all international athletes to the second  edition of the race to the top of Rondo 1 held on 19th of May, 2012. The  event has been incorporated in the Towerrunning World Cup calendar as one of the 18 Masters Races. We hope to host many climbers from all  over the world in Warsaw for the “Bieg Na Szczyt Rondo 1”. Just like  last year the event will be a charity race – the amount of starting fees will  be transferred to SOS Children’s Villages Association.

The European Towerrunning scene is becoming more and more competitive. Last year 54 stair climbing events were  held in 11 European nations. Among them was the premiere of the “Bieg Na Szczyt Rondo 1″ in Warsaw. Due to the  outstanding organizational quality and the international field of the 2011 edition the race has been selected as a 2012  Towerrunning World Cup Masters Race and now belongs to the exclusive selection of the 18 most important stair  climbing events worldwide. Therefore an international high-class participants field is expected to compete in Warsaw  on May 19th , 2012.

Furthermore the event could be of special interest for all competitors of the first official Towerrunning European Championships, which will be held two weeks later on June 3rd in Frankfurt / Main (Germany). The second edition of  “Bieg Na Szczyt Rondo 1″ could serve as an optimal test competition for the event in Frankfurt, since almost the  same tournament modus will be used in Warsaw. The event in Rondo 1 will start with a qualifying round using a  single time trial format and the best twelve men and women will negotiate the stairwell again to the top of the  skyscraper in the final round (mass start with a starting grid based on the qualifying result).

The price money for the 1st place is 1500 zloty, for the 2nd place 1000 zloty and for the third place 800 zloty. The  runners on ranks 4 to 6 will receive 600, 400 and 200 zloty. Additionally all competitors will get an attractive starting  package, functional shirt and a commemorative medal when they reach the top of the building.

Full information

Bieg na Szczyt – Press and Participants Information Warsaw

Websites to see

http://towerrunning.com

http://www.biegnaszczyt.pl/

http://www.sportevolution.pl/

32 races in two weeks. The Towerrunning season is in full swing


32 races in two weeks. The Towerrunning season is in full swing and the results of three US Masters Races as well as European highlights in London and Madrid led to various position changes in the World Cup rankings.

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Hustle Up the Hancock

The “Hustle” going up John Hancock Center at Chicago´s Magnificent Mile is according to many climbers the most popular stair race of town. For the 2012 edition on February 26th more than 3,600 climbers accepted the challenge and participated in the second Masters Race of the season.

First elite to climb was Jesse Berg (USA), followed by Justin Stewart (USA) and Kevin Crossman (USA). Starting in a 7-8 sec interval these three favourites soon met up in the stairwell and climbed most of the race together. As Kevin Crossman lost some ground at floor 80 the victory went to Justin Stewart who crossed the finish line immediately after Jesse. Finally the Top 3 were within 6 seconds. The female race was taken by 2011 World Cup bronze medalist Kristin Frey – a special win for her in the building, where two years ago her climbing career started. With a very strong finish she held off multiple Hancock winner Cindy Harris. The third place went to Kourtney Dexter and these three all placed among the Top10 overall.

With his victory in Chicago Justin Stewart took the lead in the World Cup ranking and the leading US climbers Kristin Frey and Cindy Harris defended their positions on top of the ranking.

Vertical Rush London

On March 1st about 1,200 climbers lined up at the start of the first European season highlight in London’s Tower 42. The Vertical Rush being a member of the Vertical World Circuit and a Towerrunning World factor 1.5 race attracted elite athletes from nine nations including the reigning World Cup champions Thomas Dold (GER) and Cristina Bonacina (ITA).

Suzanne Walsham (AUS) pulverized the course record for female athletes by more than one minute and finished the race in 5:01 – 49 second ahaed of Alessandra Valgoi (ITA). Another two seconds behind Valgoi Cristina Bonacina came in on third rank. Fastest climber of the day was once again Thomas Dold. After winning in Sao Paulo and New York he achieved his third consecutive victory. After 3:58 Dold reached the finish line and was thereby 13 seconds faster than second placed Italian Fabio Ruga. Three times World Cup bronze medalist Tomas Celko (SVK) finished third after 4:30.

Besides an incredible view over the streets of London Thomas Dold received 120 valuable points for the World Cup, which brought him back in lead again.

Scale the Strat

Three days later on March 4th there were a lot of people gasping for air at the next Masters Race in Las Vegas. It was the second day of the Scale the Strat 2012 – the final climb-off. The day before more than 350 participants tried to qualifiy for this final in the 108-floor inner stairwell of the Stratosphere tower – the tallest building west of the Mississippi.

Fastest stair climber of the final day was Kevin Crossman, who took a mere 7 minutes and 5 seconds to scramble up the 1,455 steps. Eric Leninger and qualifying winner Blue Benadum completed the US triple-vicotry. Best foreign climber was fifth-placed Javier Santiago (MEX). With the assistance of her “pacemaker” Eric Leninger, the first-placed female Kourtney Dexter finished in 8 minutes and 33 seconds, just two seconds ahead of Kristin Frey, who won the qualifying round on Saturday. Rank 3 and 4 went to Cindy Harris (USA) and Veronica Stocker (CAN).

When asked about what it’s like stair racing, Frey meant, “It’s a painful experience. It’s a lot worse than any running race I’ve done or any other sport I’ve participated in.”

With another 120 points Kristin Frey extended her comfortable leading position in the World Cup ranking and made again a big step towards her third consecutive World Cup medal in 2012.

Fight for Air Climb Chicago

On the second March weekend the Presidential Towers in Chicago were in the focus of the stair climbing scene. At The “Fight for Air Climb Chicago” as the fourth 2012 Towerrunning World Cup Masters Race four towers, 180 stories and 2340 stairs had to be mastered.

As previously expected a great duell arised between 2011 World Cup silver medalist Jesse Berg and Justin Stewart, who had the chance to take the World Cup lead again with a first or second place result in Chicago. After the first of four towers Berg was a whisker ahaed – two second faster than Stewart. At the second climb Justin Stewart gained five seconds and overtook Jesse Berg. In the third building Stewart again was six seconds faster and now had an overall advance of nine seconds compared to Berg. All other participants already were more than one minute behind.

Although Jesse Berg dominated the last climb (4:01 minutes) and Justin Stewart only achieved the fourth best time in tower four (4:08 minutes) Stewart won the competition with an overall time of 15:41 minutes. And the newly crowned World Cup leader couldn’t get enough. He went back for another round of 4 x 45 floors and was very fast again.

Instead Jesse Berg had to be pleased with the second place (15:43). Third with an overall time of 17:01 was Javier Santiago (MEX).

The women’s race was dominated by Kristin Frey (18:34) who already celebrated her fourth victory and seventh podium finish in 2012. The second place went to Kourtney Dexter. With a time of 18:55 she was 12 seconds faster than third placed Cindy Harris.

Now with Kristin Frey, Cindy Harris and Kourtney Dexter three US ladies are on top of the world ranking.

Towerrunning – Bieg Na Szczyt Rondo 1 in Warsaw, 19th of May 2012


This is an official press release.

We are really pleased to welcome all international athletes to the second edition of the race to the top of Rondo 1 held on 19th of May, 2012. The event has been incorporated in the Towerrunning World Cup calendar as one of the 18 Masters Races. We hope to host many climbers from all over the world in Warsaw for the “Bieg Na Szczyt Rondo 1”. Just like last year the event will be a charity race – the amount of starting fees will be transferred to SOS Children’s Villages Association.

The European Towerrunning scene is becoming more and more competitive. Last year 54 stair climbing events were held in 11 European nations. Among them was the premiere of the “Bieg Na Szczyt Rondo 1″ in Warsaw. Due to the outstanding organizational quality and the international field of the 2011 edition the race has been selected as a 2012 Towerrunning World Cup Masters Race and now belongs to the exclusive selection of the 18 most important stair climbing events worldwide. Therefore an international high-class participants field is expected to compete in Warsaw on May 19th, 2012.

Furthermore the event could be of special interest for all competitors of the first official Towerrunning European Championships, which will be held two weeks later on June 3rd in Frankfurt / Main (Germany). The second edition of “Bieg Na Szczyt Rondo 1″ could serve as an optimal test competition for the event in Frankfurt, since almost the same tournament modus will be used in Warsaw. The event in Rondo 1 will start with a qualifying round using a single time trial format and the best twelve men and women will negotiate the stairwell again to the top of the skyscraper in the final round (mass start with a starting grid based on the qualifying result). The price money for the 1st place is 1500 zloty, for the 2nd place 1000 zloty and for the third place 800 zloty. The runners on ranks 4 to 6 will receive 600, 400 and 200 zloty. Additionally all competitors will get an attractive starting package, functional shirt and a commemorative medal when they reach the top of the building.

The registration form will be available from 28th of March, 2012 on the official event website http://www.biegnaszczyt.pl. After last year’s well attended event where 200 starter packs were sold out at a rapid time, this year the organizers have increased the limit up to 500 participants. The organizers established a minimum starting fee of 30 PLN which will be used to fund SOS Children’s Villages. The Association does not only take care of orphaned and abandoned children, but also helps them to find a safe and cozy home. Last year record payment amounted to 200 PLN, and we hope that this year the climbers will be equally generous. The originator of the “Run to the top of Rondo 1″ is MGPA, and one of the organizers of the run is Sports Marketing Agency Sport Evolution.

Press and Participants Information Warsaw

New services on Towerrunning


Towerrunning homepage provides new service:

The “Who Is Who” of Towerrunning summarized in one database at towerrunning.com/runners.php. The table includes former and current leading international athletes, pictures and links. Several search criteria can be applied. The table is a “living databse”. Each therein listed athlete is invited to send links, additional information or corrections to the Towerrunning Office. Also new athletes showing an outstanding performance in 2012 will be included.

Additionally the certificates for the World Cup top 30 are available in the table by clicking on the red / blue fields showing the 2011 World Cup rank.

Towerrunning – Empire State Building Run Up (New York)


It is the race. Some elites love and hate it. It has a long history from 15 people lining up in 1978 to 666 this year. This oldest organized stair race celebrated its 35th edition with some modifications. It turned into a night race and for most of the participants the start was in time trial mode. In the so called invitational main heats only 12 females and 18 males 5 minutes later fought to reach the small stairwell entry …

One important thing has not changed. ESBRU still is an invitational race and the selection policy is opaque and intransparent. It is possible now to buy entry on the charity line and this year there also was a lottery system like that for the New York City Marathon which is organized by New York Road Runners Club too. For the marathon you can qualify by performance – this sportive aspect unfortunately at ESBRU is not guaranteed. This year policy victims included Italian Valentina Belotti who would have played an important role in the female race and on the male side Mark Trahanovsky.

Fastest lady by a big margin was Melissa Moon of Wellington (NZL) in 12:39. At her second ESBRU win after 2010 she beat three time winner Suzy Walsham (AUS) by nearly half a minute. On third came in a great champion of another sport where races are very much longer in time – reigning Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington of Great Britain on a sidestep to the stairs. Next on top the best home climbers, another triathlete Erika Aklufi and Kristin Frey. Not their best days had four time winner Cindy Harris and last year runner up Crisitina Bonacina (ITA).

The situation before the men’s race was clear. German Thomas Dold after a record six consecutive wins was the top favourite under enormous pressure and all the others were on the hunt. The start at ESBRU is predecisive and a nearly negative reaction time together with widely extended arms a big advantage. First to go was a climbing newcomer, the reigning European Mountain Running Champion since 2007 Ahmet Arslan from Turkey, closely followed by Dold – these two left all the others behind. But whereas the man from Turkey could not hold on and finally finished 8th in the heat, Thomas Dold did it again. After 10 minutes and 28 seconds he crossed the finish line in a cold New York night looking at an impressive illuminated skyline. Despite climbing the slowest time in his ESB career Dold extended his record to seven victories.

Next to come was yet another German, Christian Riedl, already third last year. He was only 8 seconds behind and nearly a minute faster than last year. Afterwards he meant, that more would be possible in the future if he had not to write on his dissertation and could train more properly. German Matthias Jahn, runner up to Dold in 2010, had to give up soon for the first time in his stair climbing career due to Asthma problems.

Contrary to the females time trial athletes especially Australians Mark Bourne and Darren Wilson left their mark by climbing to 3rd and 4th place despite lots of overtaking in the crowded stairwell. Both stayed under 11 minutes on the legendary 1576 stairs. The next two places in a sprint decision went to last year´s runner up Omar Bekkali (BEL) and Fabio Ruga (ITA). It was narrow too between the next ones, Macao living Portuguese Pedro Pinto Ribeiro beating the fastest American Jesse Berg.

After already 14 Trial Races the event in New York served as the first Masters Race of the 2012 Towerrunning World Cup, the official world ranking for the stair climbing elite by Towerrunning Office Vienna. After his triumph in Sao Paulo by winning the climb in New York Thomas Dold (GER, 520.0 pts.) expanded his lead in the ranking. He is now followed by Omar Bekkali (BEL, 342.0 pts.) and Christian Riedl (GER, 340.0 pts.). Although missing the ESBRU podium US athlete Kristin Frey was able to defend her lead (454.0) before Melissa Moon (NZL, 400.0 pts.) and Cindy Harris (USA, 351.2 pts.).

The focus of the Towerrunning scene remains in the United States: There February and March are traditional Towerrunning months and we look forward to a lot of interesting events in several cities. Also the next Masters Races will be staged in American skyscrapers:
-> Hustle Up the Hancock (Chicago), February 26th
-> Scale The Strat (Las Vegas), March 3rd – 4th March
-> Fight for Air Climb (Chicago), March 11th

Complete World Cup rankings and further information:
www.towerrunning.com/worldcup.php

Pictures: New York Road Runners Club

Towerrunning World Cup 2012 – short explanation


Towerruning has published short explanation on the meaning of this field of running. You’ll find weighting factors on Masters Races on Trail Raices, Triple Climbs, Ultimate Climbs and scores. You can manage the participation process.

Take a sit and read.

http://www.towerrunning.com/2012%20World%20Cup%20Short%20Rules%20E.pdf

Towerrunning – World Cup News, 30.01.2012


The Corrida Vertical in Sao Paulo announced as final event of the ISF stair climbing series “Vertical World Circuit 2011″ originally was scheduled in December and in another building. Finally some international top athletes climbed Edificio Abril in Sao Paulo on January 25.

As is common procedure in buildings of this kind the finish at the very top – the heliport – was restricted to the elites. Starting every 30 seconds with a horn blow on the street before the tower, through the lobby and into the stairwell the runners climbed up sometimes on marble stairs and finally sprinted out in the open on the heliport to the finish line.

Female winner was 2009 World Mountain Running Champion Valentina Belotti (ITA) in 3:53 beating Kristin Frey (USA) with 4:15 and Cristina Bonacina (ITA) with 4:33. In opposite to the World Cup final in Bogota the Brazilian home runners had no chance against the international elite.

The male race was a clear story too. Thomas Dold (GER) needed 3:03 and so was 11 seconds faster than Omar Bekkali (BEL). On 3rd one second behind Fabio Ruga (ITA). Not too happy with his race was Matthias Jahn (GER) who took 4th in 3:27. The next places went to the best home athlete Evander Franco (BRA) and Norbert Lechner (AUT).

The current leaders of the Towerrunning World Cup – the official world ranking for the stair climbing sport governed and regulated by Towerrunning Office Vienna – are Thomas Dold (GER) with 240 points and Kristin Frey (USA) with 260 points after their podium ranks in Sao Paulo. The United States stair climbing team defends the lead in the Nations Cup.

On February 4th Brazil will again host a Towerrunning World Cup event. With the “Corrida Vertical” in Florianopolis the new Brazilian Towerrunning series “Circuito Brasil de Corrida Vertical” will be launched.

Other selected upcoming World Cup Races:
-> Empire State Building Run Up (New York, USA), February 8th — Masters Race
-> Canarias Vertical Run (Las Palmas, ESP), February 10th

Nations Cup - 27.01.2012

Race - Sao Paolo

Female - 27.01.2012

Male - 27.01.2012

Information

All the information provided by Sebastian Wurster

Towerrunning European Championships: June 3rd, 2012


For some it’s pure horror, for others a special challenge: Tower Running – the vertical trend sport, where towers, skyscrapers and outdoor stairs are to be climbed. Worldwide, about 200 stair climbing events are held regularly with more than 100,000 participants in its spell. Top international runners meet up at classical landmarks such as the Empire State Building Run Up in New York or the Taipei 101 Run Up. For the elite there is a World Cup system organized by Towerrunning Office Vienna, which compares the performance throughout the entire season. Germany is also an important stopover of the stair climbing scene: 20 races from Berlin to Munich are available on the World Cup program. One of the major highlights of the season will be the 6th edition of the SkyRun MesseTurm Frankfurt on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012, which will also provide the framework for the premiere of the Towerrunning European Championships. In Frankfurt, for the first time there will be the opportunity for Europe’s stair climbing athletes to compete at an official championship. The Tower Running Championship 2012 will be organized as a joint project of the MesseTurm Frankfurt, the Association for People with Spina bifida / Rhein-Main-Nahe e.V. (ARQUE) and the Tower Running Office in Vienna as the international governing body of the stair climbing sport.

The main goal of the tournament is to crown the best all-rounder in the stairwell. Therefore runners will compete in a one-day tournament over two different distances and in different race formats. The SkyRun MesseTurm Frankfurt which is organized since 2007 will serve as the preliminary round, which takes place in the morning of the race-day as an individual time trial of elite runners and amateurs over 1202 steps and 222 meters difference in altitude. Based on this, the twelve best runners of each gender will enter the semi-finals and compete in two groups of six in a direct competition up to the 30th floor (582 steps) for a position in the final of the six best athletes. The final race in the afternoon will be climbed again in direct competition over the full distance up to the 61st floor of the MesseTurm. In the final rounds visitors will get a Formula 1 feeling in front of the MesseTurm: The runners will start the race out of a starting grid as used for automobile racing after the starting lights have turned from red to green. The race will be monitored by voluntary referees in the staircase and a group-drawing – similar to the major soccer championships - will ensure fair and equally distributed groups. Regarding regulations, technical equipment and fair play the event will set new standards in the Towerrunning sport. Also the number of stairs to be climbed will set a high standard: Throughout all three rounds a total of 2986 stressful stairs have to be overcome in the MesseTurm. Thus, the European Championships will be one of the indoor-stair-races with the most stairs ever held. As a reward not only a wonderful view over Frankfurt’s financial district is awaiting the climbers, but also a cash premium totalling up to 9,000 €. Furthermore a lot of valuable points can be collected in the fight for the coveted Towerrunning World Cup Trophy. The event in Frankfurt was selected as World Cup Masters Race and will therefore get a higher weighting factor for the World Cup Ranking.

Full information:

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World Cup Masters Races 2012


After the successful Towerrunning season 2011 also in 2012 about 170 stair climbing events await the athletes and almost all of these races could be evaluated for the World Cup ranking. To take into consideration the different quality and internationality of the participants fields a weighting factor between 0.4 and 3.0 is assigned for each of the World Cup races, which decides how many points are awarded for each placement. Before the season due to several criteria such as the participants fields in the past two years, the importance of the event for the media, organizational quality (including timing and result lists), membership in other international stair climbing series, prize money as well as the cooperation with Towerrunning Office Vienna a selection of 18 Masters Races was made. To these events a weighting factor of 1.5 or higher will be assigned and all scores achieved there will be multiplied with the respective factor. For the majority of all other races (“Trial Races”) not belonging to this exclusive selection a weighting factor of 0.4, 0.7 or 1.0 will be assigned.

This is official press release.

Press Release Masters Races, list of races