This is an official press release.
Towerrunning World Cup – the vertical challenge conquers the world Towerrunning conquers the world.
The vertical trend sport, where towers, skyscrapers and outdoor stairs are climbed, is becoming increasingly popular. The modern era of the stair climbing sport began in 1978 with the first edition of the now legendary Empire State Building Run Up and the CN Tower Climb in Toronto. Over the years the
wave swept over from North America to Europe and Asia. Meanwhile worldwide about 200 Towerrunning events are held regularly with more than 100,000 participants in their spell. Some of the world’s highest and most fascinating skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building, the Willis Tower, the Taipei 101 or the Emirates Towers are among the venues of international Towerrunning events.
While most of the participants are amateur runners, who climb for the fitness reason – very often combined with a charity aspect, there is a growing group of elite runners. For them the race itself is becoming increasingly important – the idea of championships and titles lies in the very nature of sport. In 2009 the Towerrunning World Cup system – developed by German medicine student Sebastian Wurster – was introduced as an international ranking system for comparing the elite stair climbers. The ranking is organized and promoted by Towerrunning Office Vienna – the governing World Association for the stair climbing sport under the leadership of President Michael Reichetzeder (AUT). The World Cup is the only ranking system for the Towerrunning sport uniting all races – from sprint races over the classics in the international skyscrapers to the Stairs Marathons.
From January 2009 more than 500 World Cup races have been held in 28 countries. The ranking is one of the key elements of the increasingly global and professional Towerrunning sport. After its introduction the development of the Towerrunning sport strongly accelerated. The number of races worldwide as well as the internationality of the participants fields and the travel activity of the elite athletes massively increased throughout the last four years.
Torre Colpatria – a special venue for a special race
Since 2010 the World Cup season ends with an official final race, where the last decisive points are awarded and the World Cup champions are crowned. This final showdown is traditionally staged in the heart of Colombian capital Bogota. Carrera Ascenso Torre Colpatria provides a perfect frame to celebrate the Towerrunning sport and the World Cup champions. Each year thousands of children, amateur and elite athletes line up at the start to climb the tallest skyscraper of Colombia.
The climatic conditions and the high altitude of the venue make the 980 stairs in Colombia’s highest skyscraper a special challenge. A perfect race organization, intensive media coverage, attractive prizes as well as the special
invitation program for elite athletes make Carrera Ascenso Torre Colpatria to one of the most coveted
Towerrunning events worldwide. Therefore the event belongs to the exclusive World Cup Masters Races selection and can be mentioned in the same breath as the legendary Empire State Building Run Up, the Taipei 101 Run Up and the SkyRun MesseTurm Frankfurt.
In 2010 and 2011 dramatic decisions took place in Bogota. Two years ago World Cup champion Thomas Dold had to retire after two thirds of the race when being completely exhausted. Last year we saw a thrilling battle of the three leading female athletes and a not less impressive medal fight in the men’s division. Despite the outstanding field occupation so far no foreign stair climber was able to beat the Colombian athletes in Bogota. This circumstance contributes to the special myth of the World Cup final.
The 2012 season on the way to Bogota
Until now 154 races have been held in 2012, 127 of them counted towards the World Cup rankings. As in the previous years the ranking for male athletes is dominated by defending champion Thomas Dold. He won the Masters Races in New York, London, Berlin as well as the European Champion title in Frankfurt and has a comfortable lead in the ranking. Behind him the battle for the medals is becoming closer and closer. Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) is placed second with 959.0 points. Tomas Celko (SVK) is third with 948.0 points, followed by Christian Riedl (GER, 901.2), Fabio Ruga (ITA, 883.0) and Omar Bekkali (BEL, 862.0). Also Bartosz Swiatkowski (POL, 851.0) and Jesse Berg
761.6) still have contact to the medal ranks.
After winning 7 of her 8 season races (among them Masters Races in Basel, London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Prague and Vienna) the second Towerrunning World Cup title in the women’s division is almost certain for Suzanne Walsham (AUS). With 1340.0 points she is clearly ahead of Kristin Frey (USA, 1120.0) and Cristina Bonacina (ITA, 884.0). Cindy Harris (USA), Valentina Belotti (ITA) and Kourtney Dexter (USA) follow on ranks 4, 5 and 6.
On December 8th Towerrunning elite athletes from Germany, the US, Italy, Australia, Poland, Slovakia and many other countries will join the World Cup final in Bogota again. Four of the top five male athletes and three of the four best female athletes have confirmed their participation. This explains the enormous importance of the race for the World Cup decisions. A real final. The best athletes united in one race.