Towerrunning – top 2012


Female, Male and Nation Cup finals !

Towerrunning 2012 - Female Final Top 10

Towerrunning 2012 – Female Final Top 10

Towerrunning 2012 - Male Final Top 10

Towerrunning 2012 – Male Final Top 10

Towerrunning 2012 - Nations Cup Final Top 10

Towerrunning 2012 – Nations Cup Final Top 10

Towerrunning 2012 - M16 Bogota

Towerrunning 2012 – M16 Bogota

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Towerrunning World Cup Champions – Bogota 2012


This is the official press release.

December 8th is a public holiday in Colombia (Inmaculada Concepción). And this day also is a holiday for the Towerrunning sport. It is the traditional date of Carrera Ascenso Torre Colpatria, which hosts the Towerrunning World Cup final since 2010. As in the previous year many of the leading international stair climbers had been invited to the race in the heart of Colombian capital Bogota and joined the event to fight for the decisive World Cup points. Year after year the main challenge for the international athletes is to beat the Colombian runners being used to the 2600m altitude.

The venue is Torre Colpatria, a 50-story skyscraper, which is a landmark of the 8 million metropolis Bogota, illuminated every night by thirty-six color changing Xenon lights. In fact the event started the night before with fireworks and a special light show attracting thousands of people in the surrounding downtown streets.

On race morning action on stairs began as early as 8:00 am and within 3 hours about 5,000 athletes climbed up more than 900 stairs to the 48th floor after a short prerun. The elites had the privilege to ascend to the very top – the heliport of Colombia’s tallest building.

In respect to the women’s World Cup only one medal-decision was open. Behind Suzanne Walsham (AUS), who dominated the season and managed to secure her second World Cup title weeks before the final, Kristin Frey (USA) was the definite silver medallist. Cindy Harris (USA) had to finish 3rd at least in Bogota to overtake Cristina Bonacina in the fight for the bronze medal. The defending World Cup champion from Italy missed the race due to undergoing a surgery. Nevertheless it was clear, that for Harris the medal race would become a very difficult task in view of the strong Colombian field. 10 female elite athletes lined up at the start to climb Torre Colpatria in groups of two.

Surprise race winner became Blanca Liliana Moreno (COL) with a new track record for female athletes (6:14.0) beating two times previous champion Maria Eugenia Rodriguez (COL, 6:27.0) starting together with Cindy Harris in the penultimate pair and four time winner Angela Figueroa (6:38.8), who climbed with Suzanne Walsham in the last pair. Walsham narrowly missed the podium (6:47.0) and finished 6th – 28 seconds before Cindy Harris (7th, 7:15.4) so Cristina Bonacina remained on the World Cup Bronze medal rank. Although Suzanne Walsham wasn’t able to celebrate the 10th podium rank in her 10th season race, she achieved a total of 1380.0 World Cup points, which means a new points record in the Towerrunning history.

Even more exciting was the pre-race situation for the males. As World Cup leader Thomas Dold (GER) was not in Bogota Piotr Łobodzinski (POL) had the small chance to win the World Cup by winning the race in Torre Colpatria. Behind Dold and Łobodzinski not less than five further athletes were in the medal race too. Four of them participated in Bogota. Only Omar Bekkali (BEL), who was third in the ranking after his second place in Singapore two weeks before, did not join the World Cup final and therefore had to fear for his medal rank.

Finally on this sunny day track record holder Juan Pablo Rangel (COL) clocked his 4th win in a time of 4:44.1. Frank Nicolas Carreno became runner-up for the 3rd time in a row (4:58.5) and Nicolas Herrera finished third (5:11.7) so in the end again all six podium places went to the Colombian hosts and the international elite athletes must wait another year for the first top 3 result on the maybe hardest 980 stairs in the world.

Best foreign athlete became Bartosz Świątkowski (POL) on the 9th position (5:33.4). Although giving everything and being completely exhausted after the race this place did not bring him enough points to secure a World Cup medal. In the end he missed the required 5th rank by just 6 seconds so once more a few seconds in the last one of 157 races counting towards the World Cup ranking made the difference between the chance on a medal and the 6th position, which finally remained for Świątkowski – another bitter decision for the Polish Towerrunner, who already had the misfortune to lose the victory at this year’s Masters Race in Prague by 0.05 seconds (against compatriot Łobodzinski). The situation of Świątkowski strikingly reminds us of Łobodzinski’s Bogota race in 2011, where he missed the World Cup bronze medal by 6.8 seconds. This year things went better for him. Despite again being without a chance and finishing 17th in Torre Colpatria Łobodzinski could celebrate his first silver medal (1001.0 points) behind defending and new Towerrunning World Cup champion Thomas Dold.

Not only Dold, another German had a reason to celebrate too: Christian Riedl (GER) became 12th in Bogota (5:42.7). With a total of 961.2 World Cup points he finished the season on the bronze medal rank – with a razor-thin edge over Omar Bekkali (954.0) and Tomas Celko (948.0), who was not able to improve his score in Bogota with his 22nd rank. Fabio Ruga became 16th in Bogota and 7th in the World Cup ranking.

Besides the World Cup athletes and Colombian elite runners thousands of children and amateur runners accepted the challenge to climb Torre Colpatria and thereby raised funds for Operacion Sónrisa, the leading global foundation to provide surgery to children with cleft lip and palate, facial tumors or burns. It was a logistical masterpiece of the race organizers to manage an event with so many climbers and to provide fair and safe conditions for everyone. Additionally there was a lot of supporting programme for athletes, visitors and the press.

The exciting race day in Bogota was terminated in the spotlight of the media, when the coveted trophies and medals of the Towerrunning World Cup 2012 were handed out to the champions. In the end everyone agreed, that Carrera Ascenso Torre Colpatria once more was a worthy final for a great Towerrunning season – a season with almost 200 events in 27 countries attracting about 105,000 participants from 54 nations.

Bogota 2012, Towerrunning, Amateur Race

Bogota 2012, Towerrunning, Amateur Race

Bogota 2012, Towerrunning, Amateur Race

Bogota 2012, Towerrunning, Amateur Race

Towerrunning 2012, Bogota from above

Towerrunning 2012, Bogota from above

Towerrunning 2012, Bogota, Colpatria Tower

Towerrunning 2012, Bogota, Colpatria Tower

Towerrunning 2012, Bogota, Colpatria Tower

Towerrunning 2012, Bogota, Colpatria Tower

Towerrunning 2012, Bogota, Elite on the top

Towerrunning 2012, Bogota, Elite on the top

Towerrunning 2012, Bogota,

Towerrunning 2012, Bogota,

Towerrunning 2012, Bogota, Łobodziński and Riedl

Towerrunning 2012, Bogota, Łobodziński and Riedl

Towerrunning 2012, Bogota, Walsham Cup

Towerrunning 2012, Bogota, Walsham Cup

Wyniki / Result – Bogota 2012, Towerrunning World Cup


Congratulations for Bartosz Śwątkowski and Piotr Łobodziński !!!

Bogota 2012 results

Bogota 2012 results

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2012 Towerrunning World Cup Champions

Towerrunning World Cup final – Bogota 2012


This is an official press release.

For stair climbing enthusiasts December 8th is a holiday. It is the day of one of the biggest stair climbing festival in the world – the official Towerrunning World Cup final. In Colombian capital Bogota the Carrera Ascenso Torre Colpatria provides a perfect frame to celebrate the Towerrunning sport and the World Cup champions.

The climatic conditions and the high altitude of the venue make the 980 stairs in Colombia’s highest skyscraper a special challenge. With a perfect race organization, intensive media coverage, attractive prizes as well as a special invitation program for elite the Carrera Ascenso Torre Colpatria belongs to the most coveted Towerrunning events worldwide. The race is one of only four factor 2.5 World Cup races 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.
189 towers, skyscrapers and outdoors stairs have already been climbed by Towerrunning athletes in 2012. This year again more than 100,000 participants were inspired by the fascination of stairs races. The Towerrunning World Cup unites all these races in one ranking to determine the best stair climbers throughout the entire season. While the ranking for male athletes is dominated by seven European athletes, who won stair climbs all over the world, the women’s World Cup decision already has fallen. Singapore-living Australian Suzanne Walsham finished all her races on the podium and won 8 of her 9 season events. She scored 1380,0 World Cup points and thereby set a new record. Behind her US athlete Kristin Frey secured the silver medal with 1138,0 points. Currently third-placed Italian Cristina Bonacina (884,0), who cannot take part in the Bogota final for health reasons, can be caught up by Cindy Harris (USA, 754,0). The World Cup silver medallist of 2011 needs to become third in Bogota to take over the Bronze medal rank from defending champion Bonacina.

In the men’s category the race will be even more exciting. Five of the seven leading athletes join the final race and fight for the medals. The World Cup title is almost secure for German Thomas Dold, who won all three editions of Towerrunning World Cup since its introduction in 2009. This year Dold climbed six races, won five of them – including the Empire State Building Run Up and the European Championships in Frankfurt – and scored 1158,0 points. Runner-up Piotr Lobodzinski (POL, 1001,0 points) still has a small chance to win his first World Cup title. If he manages to win the difficult race in Bogota as the first foreign athlete he would be the 2012 World Cup champion. Behind Dold and Lobodzinski five other athletes fight for the medals. Current third-placed Omar Bekkali (BEL, 954,0), who finished second in Singapore two weeks ago, is absent in Bogota and can therefore easily be overtaken by Bogota participants Tomas Celko (SVK, 948,0), Bartosz Swiatkowski (POL, 911,0), Christian Riedl (GER, 901,2) and Fabio Ruga (ITA, 883,0).

Besides the elite stair climbers thousands of children and amateur athletes line up at the start to climb the tallest skyscraper of Colombia. After the race in Bogota the World Cup trophies and medals will be awarded to the leading athletes by Towerrunning president Michael Reichetzeder. Valuable prizes (cars and cash prizes) wait for the winners of the World Cup final.

After the event in Bogota there will be no winter break. On December 9th the 2013 World Cup season starts in Chicago and Guadalajara. On December 15th a new country joins the Towerrunning family. Then the first race in Croatia will be staged. A novel ranking format will be introduced by the newly founded Towerrunning World Association to crown the champions on stairs in 2013 again.

Towerrunning, top 20, 6th December 2012

Towerrunning, top 20, 6th December 2012

 

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Kalendarz Skyrunning 2013


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Skyrunner® World Series 

SKY
1. SPAIN: Maratòn Alpina Zegama-Aizkorri – 42k, Basque Country – May 26
2. FRANCE: Mont-Blanc Marathon – 42k, Chamonix – June 30
3. USA: Pikes Peak Marathon, Colorado – 42k – August 18
4. SWITZERLAND: Matterhorn Ultraks – 46k, Zermatt – August 24
5. ITALY: Skyrunning Xtreme – 23k, Limone sul Garda – October 13

ULTRA

1. SPAIN: Transvulcania Ultra Marathon – 83k, La Palma – May 11
2. ANDORRA: Ronda dels Cims – 170k, Vallnord – June 21
3. FRANCE: Ice Trail Tarentaise – 65k, Val d’Isère – July 14
4. USA: Speedgoat – 50k, Park City, Utah – July 27
5. USA: Ultra Race of Champions “UROC” -100k, Vail, Colorado – September 28

VERTICAL
1. RUSSIA: Mount Elbrus Vertical Kilometer® – May 7
2. SPAIN: Ribagorza Vertical Kilometer®, Barruera – May 18
3. FRANCE: KM Vertical, Chamonix – June 28
4. GREECE: Gerania Vertical Kilometer®, Loutraki – September 8
5. ITALY: Xtreme Vertical Kilometer®, Limone sul Garda – October 11

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Towerrunning – SkyRise Chicago 2012


This is an official press release.

SkyRise Chicago
November 4th, 2012
Jesse Berg and Kristin Frey win SkyRise Chicago

SkyRise Chicago means climbing the highest building in the Western Hemisphere. 2109 stairs lead to the SkyDeck of Willis Tower 443 m above the “windy city”.

 More than 2,200 stair climbers from seven nations lined up at the start to take part in this last 2012 North American World Cup Masters Race.

Fastest on top was Chicagoan Jesse Berg claiming this 3rd win after 2006 and 2010. With 13:59 he was clearly ahead of John „Oz” Osborn (14:16) and Josh Emery (14:18). Kevin Crossman placed 4th in 14:27. Next came Alexander Workman (15:13) narrowly beating Austrian Norbert Lechner, whose 15:16 placed him 6th. Javier Santiago from Mexico finished 11th.

Among the Top10 overall fastest climbers of the day there were two female athletes. With a personal best of 14:57 current World Cup 2nd Kristin Frey from Schaumburg (USA) finally made friends with the tower she often called „the beast” before. Last year’s winner Cindy Harris from Indianapolis climbed 15:26 for the 2nd place. Minutes after her race she stunned the spectators by making handstand on the glass balcony of the skydeck. Third rank went to Sherrie Breese (16:32). Roxanne Sanchez and Karen Geninatti followed on ranks 4 and 5.

SkyRise Chicago is a charity event supporting the RIC (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). Some of the RIC patients were among the participants, too. The 31-year-old amputee Zac Vawter has made history by climbing the 103 floors with a bionic leg controlled by his mind. He defeated the tower in about 45 minutes. Besides the stair climb there was the option to master the equivalent race distance and elevation on stationary hand-cycles in the lobby of Willis Tower.

In the World Cup rankings Jesse Berg remains on rank 8 (834.0 points), but was able to close the gap towards the medal ranks. Towerrunning Austria champion Norbert Lechner is 9th with 781.0 points. Kevin Crossman is now ranked 11th, while John “Oz” Osborn made it up into the top 30 again. Kristin Frey consolidated her second rank behind Suzanne Walsham (AUS) in women’s World Cup ranking. Cindy Harris is 4th and made up some ground on Cristina Bonacina, who currently holds the bronze medal rank.

Further Towerrunning highlights in November will be the Eureka Climb in Melbourne (November 18th) and the Swissotel Vertical Marathon in Singapore (November 25th). On December 8th the World Cup final will again take place in Bogota (COL).

SkyRise Chicago 2012

SkyRise Chicago 2012

SkyRise Chicago 2012

SkyRise Chicago 2012

SkyRise Chicago 2012

SkyRise Chicago 2012

SkyRise Chicago 2012

SkyRise Chicago 2012

SkyRise Chicago 2012

SkyRise Chicago 2012

 

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Towerrunning – Masters Race in Vienna, 19th October 2012


This is an official press release.

A remarkable comeback and another Polish triumph 

The second Masters Race in Vienna was remarkable in many ways. There were rumours the day before, but still it was a great surprise when Andrea Mayr appeared at the Twin Tower. This very versatile athlete has a past in duathlon and 3000 m hurdles and she is current Austrian marathon record holder and Olympian in this discipline. At her best is Andrea when it is going up, having won many mountain runs all over the world and she is current World Mountain Running Champion. Besides all the sports she has finished medical studies and is now working full time in a hospital.

And in our sport Andrea has a 100% record – she dominated every stair race she competed in and holds the course record at all these events – among them multiple times the Empire State Building Run Up, the Taipei 101 Run Up and the Donauturm Treppenlauf to name a few.

At the Twin Tower after a four year-break Andrea Mayr was untouchable again. And with her time of 3:29,1 she even was 0.4 seconds faster than another former ESBRU winner, the event’s sports director Rudolf Reitberger (AUT), who had talked her into her first stair race in Linz ten years ago. The battle for the second rank was won by Carina Lilge Leutner (another former Austrian marathon record holder) with a two-second margin beating her own daughter Lisa Leutner.

In the finish area a quickly recovered Andrea Mayr could watch the race of the male elite climbers. There the Polish athletes again demonstrated their outstanding class. Already after 12 of 35 floors Piotr Lobodzinski and Bartosz Swiatkowski were 6.9 respectively 8.3 seconds faster than later third-place finisher Norbert Lechner (AUT). After 1:59.4 Swiatkowski completed intermediate 2 at floor 25 – 2.7 seconds faster than Lobodzinski. Also in the last section he set the best time. With an unbelievable 3:00,4 Bartosz Swiatkowski won before his compatriot Piotr Lobodzinski. The Austrian trio Norbert Lechner, Markus Zahlbruckner and Klaus Hausleitner showed an intensive fight for the bronze rank. Hausleitner started fast with the third-best time after 12 floors, but then lost time in the second and third section so he ended up fifth. After being on rank 5 at the second intermediate Markus Zahlbruckner clocked the second-best time in the last section and almost caught up Norbert Lechner, who narrowly defended the third overall rank.

The culmination was reached when the four last starters all lay on the ground together in total exhaustion! Bartosz gave everything he had and just in time got the okay from the medical crew to participate in the award ceremony where he delighted the crowd with his Usain Bolt imitation.

Bartosz Swiatkowski now is fourth in the World Cup ranking with 911.0 points. Piotr Lobodzinski again shortened the gap to Thomas Dold and consolidated his second position (1001.0 points). Norbert Lechner remains on rank 9 (755.5. points). Katarina Schwartz made it up into the women’s top 10 again (506.7 points, rank 9).

A fantastic weekend for Austria’s stair climbers was completed by Austrian Rolf Majcen as the winner of the first Towerrunning World Cup race in China. He conquered the 100 floors of the SWFC Observatory Sky Marathon in 18 minutes and 55 seconds. About 300 participants climbed 2,754 steps to arrive at the sightseeing hall of the Shanghai World Financial Centre 474 m above the city of Shanghai. The event was the longest one-tower indoor stair climb in the World Cup history.

With his third overall rank and best Austrian performance in Business Park Vienna Norbert Lechner took the lead in the national Towerrunning Austria series. With 440 points he now almost secured his first national title. Behind Lechner Rudolf Reitberger (369), sprint specialist Gabriel Strommer (350), Markus Zahlbruckner (320) and Rolf Majcen (320) fight for the medals. All members of the leading quintet are also ranked among the current World Cup top 30. With 9th-placed Lechner, Reitberger on rank 19, Majcen on rank 20, Zahlbruckner on rank 23 and Strommer on rank 30 the Austrian team is well represented in the World Cup table. Behind Germany, the United States, Italy and Poland the red-white-red flag of Austria can be found on the 5th position in the Nations Cup.

With 346 points Katarina Schwartz remains the leader of the Towerrunning Austria series after becoming 5th in Business Park Vienna, but the ranking is getting closer. Sandra Daschner (307) and Carina Lilge-Leutner (297) reduced the gap with their better scores in Vienna. Now everything is open. According to the void results rule all three athletes can take the lead at the next event in Judenburg on their own.

While the Austrian series will end with the final races next week, still great highlights wait for the World Cup athletes. In Chicago the next Masters Race will be held on November 4th (Sky Rise Chicago). Further Masters Races in November are the Eureka Climb in Melbourne and the Swissotel Vertical Marathon in Singapore. On December 8th the extraordinary Carrera Ascenso in the altitude of Bogota again holds the official Towerrunning World Cup 2012 Final. Most of the leading athletes in the actual ranking have already confirmed their attendance.

 

 

 

Towerrunning – World Cup Final 2012 in Bogota


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.

Towerrunning – Bartosz Świątkowski celebrates first season victory, 2012


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The Schlossberg-Stiege in Graz with its stone stairs on the Kriegssteig, a flat part through the Bürgerbastei fringed by flowers and shrubs and the steep final stairs below the Uhrturm is one of the most beautiful venues for a Towerrunning World Cup race. The last two editions of the Schlossberg-Stiegenlauf were dominated by Norbert Lechner. It is his favourite race, a special day for him every year. This time the 2010 and 2011 champion knew, that it would be more challenging for him to win there, since a strong-occupied field with international participants was registered for the climb. Especially the Towerrunning elite from Poland wanted to attack Lechner’s track record of 1:53.3 and take home some valuable World Cup points.

Norbert Lechner gave all he could. He climbed the 421 stairs between the old-town of Graz and the Uhrturm in 1:53.7 minutes and thereby almost reached his 2011 record time. Then everyone’s eyes were on Piotr Lobodzinski, current number 2 in the World Cup ranking. His attempt to beat the time of Austria’s leading stair climber failed. Lobodzinski’s time of 1:54.6 was only good enough for the third place today – 0.1 seconds ahead of orienteering athlete Robert Merl. This moment must have been incredible for Lechner. It was his first time to beat Piotr Lobodzinski in a Towerrunning World Cup race. But he rejoiced too soon. Bartosz Swiatkowski undercut the time of Lechner and took revenge for the defeat of compatriot Lobodzinski. In 1:52.8 minutes he mastered the challenging track and set a new course record.

The World Cup ranking is becoming closer and closer: Due to the void results rule Piotr Lobodzinski was not able to improve his score and remains at 959.0 points. Bartosz Swiatkowski improved his score to 851.0 points so the runners on rank 2 to 7 are only separated by 108 points. With his second place Norbert Lechner cracked the 700 points-mark, overtook Justin Stewart and is now ranked 9th.

The women’s competition ended with a victory of Eva-Maria Neubauer, while top favourite Katarina Schwartz from Slovakia had to be pleased with rank 4. Although missing the podium she overtook Xinxin Xia in the World Cup and is now ranked 10th.

As all Austrian World Cup events the race also counted towards the Towerrunning Austria series, where Katarina Schwartz expanded her lead. Norbert Lechner as the best Austrian athlete in Graz scored 80 points and maintained his chance to win the national Towerrunning title.

Towerrunning – action in Ostrava, Los Angeles and Hanoi


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As is has been good tradition in previous seasons the last September weekend again was a highly attractive international Towerrunning weekend. Six thrilling races in five countries on three continents provided a lot of possibilities for position changes in the World Cup ranking.
On Thursday it began with the final of Czech Run Up Series in Ostrava. 465 stairs had to be mastered twice in the New Town Hall of Czech Republic’s third-largest city in the North-East of Moravia. Pavel Holec won the final round with a time of 1:52.9 minutes and therefore was crowned as Czech Champion 2012. Tomas Celko (SVK) finished second in 1:54.4 minutes, followed by Bartosz Swiatkowski (POL) in 1:56.6 minutes. Vit Vrbka became fourth overall and Czech vice-champion (1:58.9). The national Towerrunning title for female athletes went to Suzanna Krchova, who after her second rank in Prague and third rank in Olomouc now won her first event in 2012. She needed 2:26.4 minutes, before she crossed the finish line and thereby was 1.6 seconds faster than compatriot Pavla Zahalkova. The podium was completed by Lenka Svabikova celebrating her fourth top 3 rank this season. The six again wellorganized races of Czech Run Up Series 2012 saw 11 different winners. Only Sandra Schützova (CZE) managed to win twice in Zlin and Olomouc.

While the Czech finalists recovered from their strains, the US Bank Tower in Los Angeles hosted one of the most important American Towerruns. The meanwhile 19th “Stair Climb for Los Angeles” attracted more than 3,000 Towerrunning athletes conquering exactly 1,500 stairs in the 310 m high skyscraper. 2011 World Cup silver-medallist Jesse Berg (USA) celebrated a clear and undisputed victory in 9:35 minutes. 52 seconds behind him Wesley Reutimann (USA) became second. Third-placed Jeffrey Dinkin (USA) was another 35 seconds slower. Erika Aklufi (USA), who won all editions of the race since the introduction of Towerrunning World Cup in 2009 defended her title with an incredible time of 10:15 minutes. She continuously improved her time throughout the last three years and now beat the record from 2011 again by 20 seconds. Jesse Berg was the only male athlete, who reached the top of Los Angeles’ highest building faster than Aklufi. The second-placed female climber – Karen Geninatti (USA) – needed almost three minutes (!) more for the 75 stories. Weni Lee (USA) became third, whereas joint favourite Veronica Stocker (CAN) had to be pleased with rank 5.

Landmark 72 – Vietnam’s tallest building – was the venue for another international Towerrunning event being a member of Vertical World Circuit and a factor 1.5 World Cup race as well. It became a big day for Omar Bekkali (BEL), who crossed the finish line after 10:06.0 minutes and for the first time in his career won a World Cup race. Fabio Ruga (ITA) placed 2nd, narrow 3.5 seconds behind. The third rank went to Clement Dumont (FRA), who needed 10:58.2 minutes for 72 stories and 350 meters vertical distance in two different stairwells, connected by a flat  part after half of the race. With Keny Luke (IRE), Van Dau Tran (VIE) and Pedro Ribeiro (POR) on the ranks behind the podium the top 6 represented six different nationalities. Rolf Majcen (AUT) clocked 13:03.5 minutes and missed the top 10. The fastest female athlete mastering the 1,914 painful stairs was Suzanne Walsham (AUS, 11:20.9), who already celebrated her seventh victory in 2012. As a reward she not only enjoyed a fantastic view over the capital of Vietnam, but also received 1500 $ prize money and 120 valuable World Cup points. 2011 World Cup champion Cristina Bonacina (ITA) became second, although she lost more than 2 minutes against Walsham. Loan Thi Dung (VIE) completed the top 3.

By winning Vietnam Landmark 72 Hanoi Vertical Run the second Towerrunning World Cup title after 2009 is almost certain for Suzanne Walsham. With 1340.0 points she is clearly ahead of Kristin Frey (USA, 1120.0) and Cristina Bonacina (ITA, 884.0). Due to the void results rules Kristin Frey and Cristina Bonacina are not able to catch up Walsham in the ranking even by winning all remaining season races. Only Valentina Belotti (ITA, 5th with 670.0 points) still has a small theoretical chance to win the title.

Although not competing on the stairs since Taipei Run Up on June 10th Thomas Dold (GER, 1158.0) still has a comfortable lead in men’s ranking. Behind him the battle for the medals is becoming closer and closer. Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) remains on second place 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 Światkowski (POL, 771.0) and Jesse Berg (761.6) keep contact to the medal ranks.

Upcoming highlights in the Towerrunning World Cup calendar include the Schlossberg Stiegenlauf in Graz (October 6th) as the strongest-occupied outdoor stair climb of the world, the Stiegenlauf Business Park Vienna (next Masters Race on October 19th) and the World Cup premiere in China (October 20th), where the longest one-tower indoor climb in the history of Towerrunning will be staged in the Shanghai World Financial Center. On December 8th the grand final will be staged in Colombian capital Bogota, where the decisive points will be distributed after one of the most challenging stair climbs worldwide.