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 – Turmlauf Hall, 23rd September 2012

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Turmlauf Hall 
September 23rd, 2012
Pavel Holec and Marie-Fee Breyer winners of Turmlauf Hall

avel Holec (CZE) and Marie-Fee Breyer (GER) are the proud winners of Raiffeisen Turmlauf Hall 2012. Holec from Czech Hore-Dole team celebrated his first victory in the 2012 stair climbing season by clocking a time of 3:32.8. Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) came in with the second-best time (3:34.6). Felix Leitner (AUT) completed the top 3 in 3:41.4. With Tomas Zahradka (6th) and Tomas Kopecky (10th) two more Hore-Dole runners made it up into the top ten.

Marie-Fee Breyer who already won the last three editions of the Turmlauf confidently defended her title in 4:09.8 – again more than 4 seconds faster than her so far personal best from 2011. Behind her Julia Weiss (AUT) secured the second rank in 4:13.0 before Magdalena Fankhauser (AUT, 4:36.9). The traditionally strong occupied factor 1.0 race attracted climbers from seven countries.

Raiffeisen Turmlauf Hall combines more than 400 meters outdoor track through the Salinenpark, the courtyard of Hassegg castle and a tunnel with indoor parts leading through narrow stairwells in the Medienturm and Münzerturm, which have to be mastered up- and downstairs. Especially the wooden and metal spiral staircases in the Münzerturm belong to the most challenging tracks in the World Cup calendar.

For his second place Piotr Lobodzinski received 68.0 World Cup points increasing his score to 959.0 points. With his already 6th podium rank in 2012 he overtook Tomas Celko (SVK, 3rd with 936.0) and Christian Riedl (GER, 4th with 901.2) in the overall standings and is now ranked 2nd behind clear leader Thomas Dold (GER, 1158.0). Marie-Fee Breyer, who already celebrated two Masters Race podium ranks in Basel and Frankfurt, remains on position 8 in the women’s ranking, but now closed the gap to the opponents in front of her. The ranking is still led by Suzanne Walsham (AUS, 1220.0).

Both Tyrolean races Stepp the Trepp Fügen and Turmlauf Hall are united in the Stiegl Cup, which was awarded to Margarethe Mazzagg (AUT) and Rene Delmas (AUT) for the best combined time. The well organized race providing live video broadcast from the stairwell, various side program and special competitions for fire-fighters and children also counts towards the Towerrunning Austria series, where after 9 of 13 races Rolf Majcen (AUT) and Katarina Schwartz (SVK) stay in the lead. On October 6th the next stop of Towerrunning Austria will be in Graz (Schlossberg Stiegenlauf).

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