Towerrunning – Epic 24 hour climb in Jacksonville


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Four US elite stair runners set an elevation world record by climbing the Bank of America Building in Downtown Jacksonville (Florida) repeatedly for 24 hours. They collectively climbed over 5,880 floors,  6,440 vertical feet (which is equivalent to more than twice up Mt Everest) and 123,480 steps in 24  hours.

With this epic climb the athletes belonging to the USA Stair Climbing Association raised awareness for a good cause. “We’re climbing on behalf of those who can’t,” says Trahanovsky. “The majority of the  stair climb races in the U.S. are organized by the American Lung Association and we are so thankful  for everything they do!” The American Lung Association is a voluntary health organization whose  mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.  The Fifth Annual Fight for Air Climb Jacksonville, benefiting the American Lung Association, is the only  competitive stair climb on the First Coast and is held in the city’s tallest building consisting of 42 floors  (838 steps). This year’s climb event will be held Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Bank of America  Tower in downtown Jacksonville. “It’s an honor to be able to promote such a worthy cause and  inaugural race with a world record attempt like this,” says Kacie. 

The world record climbers:  

Mark Trahanovsky, 53 years old from Yorba Linda, California is the creator of the USA Stair Climb  Association. He is also the founder of the West Coast Labels stair racing team, which is the fastest  stair climb team in the world. Mark is ranked among top 50 stair climbers in the world and has  competed in over 40 stair races in the past ten years.  

PJ Glassey, 46 years old from Seattle, Washington is ranked among the top 10 U.S. tower climbers,  is owner of the X Gyms, has authored the book of “Cracking Your Calorie Code” and is the creator of  the X Gym workout DVD.

Kacie Fischer,  Cleveland, 27 years old from Ponte Vedra, Florida was ranked among the top 10  female tower runners in the world in 2010 and 2011. Cleveland recently broke a World Record inline  skating more than 2,800 miles across the USA.

Kristin Frey, 28 years old from Schaumburg, Illinois has been ranked among the top 3 female tower  runners in the world since 2010 and has qualified for the Boston Marathon 10 times.

More information on:

http://stairsport.com/

 

WARM REGARDS FROM POLAND!!!


Reklamy

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

Towerrunning – SkyRise Chicago 2012


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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 – Himmelsleiterlauf, 08.07.2012


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Today David Hoffman wrote Towerrunning history. He ran the fastest ever World Cup stair climb and needed only 22.70 seconds for 157.5 steep stairs on the 28m-high Himmelsleiter in Keltern-Ellmendingen. With a time of 0.144 seconds for each stair he was faster than any other athlete in an official Towerrunning competition and thereby climbed a new World Record. Just 0.49 seconds slower Kai-Niklas Nittel finished second. Jörg Schatz from event organizer PhysioAktiv became third in 24.95 seconds.

Women’s competition was dominated by Kathrin Süsser (GER) with a time of 35.61 seconds, followed by Ulrike Mettler (GER, 36.02) and Martina Szaboova (SVK, 40.53). Besides the about 50 adult athletes many children used the short race to experience the challenge of a stair climb. With Tom Bayer one of them even managed to climb a sub-30 time (29.09).

With his excellent performance stair climbing newcomer David Hoffmann, who is a handball player in the local Oberliga, also set the basis for an undisputed victory of his team TGS Pforzheim in the Himmelsleiter team competition (1:43,61 minutes). The podium was completed by the experienced athletics team Silvercastle Pforzheim (2:03,00 minutes) and the towerrunning.com team (2:09,01 minutes). The Towerrunning quartet was led by World Cup Sports Director Sebastian Wurster (10th overall, 28.60 seconds), who celebrated a successful stair climbing premiere in his former home village.

With the well organized Himmelsleiterlauf another typical German stairs sprint race joined the World Cup calendar. From Kassel to Augsburg several climbs with less than 300 stairs are held. During the last 10 months 7 of the 10 shortest Towerrunning World Cup races were organized in Germany, where the broadest spectrum of Towerrunning events is provided. Races from 117 to 39.700 stairs ensure a suitable event for every type of stair climbers – sprinters, skyscraper runners and stairs ultras.

Men
1. Hoffmann, David 22.70
2. Nittel, Kai-Niklas 23.19
3. Schatz, Jörg 24.95

Women
1. Süsser, Kathrin 35.61
2. Mettler, Ulrike 36.02
3. Szaboova, Martina 40.53

Boys
1. Bayer, Tom 29.09
2. Süsser, Lukas 34.99
3. Nittel, Thibaut 36.90

Girls
1. Rottenhofer, Lara 46.78
2. Hampl, Sophia 46.95
3. Kreuß, Emma-Li 55.62

Teams:
1. TGS Pforzheim 1:43.61
2 Silvercastle Pforzheim 2:03.00
towerrunning.com 2:09.01

Further information, complete rankings and World Cup standings will be published soon at www.towerrunning.com

Towerrunning – Mark Bourne celebrates Taipei 101 triumph – Dold beaten again


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Just a week after the European Championship in Frankfurt the next World Cup Masters Race inTaiwanawaited the international stair climbers. At Taipei 101 Run Up more than 4,000 athletes from 19 countries climbed the world’s second tallest skyscraper. It could have been, however, even considerably more participants: An earthquake in the seismically active region few hours before the event had decimated the start field by deterring more than 1,000 registered runners from participation. Apparently, the imagination of a seismic event during climbing the stairwell of the highest tower in Far East, seemed to be very uncomfortable even for the earthquake-experienced people inTaiwan. Actually theTaipei101 tower is equipped with a special mechanical system to compensate seismic activities and belongs to the safest buildings in the world in this regard.

A “sporting earthquake” then was the result of the race: After a dramatic competition at the very steep and with 390 meters of altitude exceptionally long Taipei 101 Run Up the outstanding favourite, World Cup and World Circuit winner and newly crowned European Champion Thomas Dold (Germany) was narrowly beaten by Australian Mark Bourne, who climbed the “one-o-one” in 11 minutes and 26 seconds. Dold needed 4 seconds longer for the 2,046 stairs and was thus more than half a minute slower than his personal record from 2008, when he finished the race in under 11 minutes (10:53) for the only time. The third place went to French athlete Clement Dumont, followed by Taiwanese Chen Fucai. U.S. Tower Runner Jesse Berg finished on rank 5. Austrian Norbert Lechner was well pleased with the 11th Rank at hisTaipei101 premiere.

The women’s race was dominated by the European Championships bronze medallist Valentina Belotti (Italy, 13:21), who already triumphed in the previous year as a newcomer inTaipei101. She won the race with a crystal clear advance of more than a minute, followed by Melissa Moon (New Zealand, 14:24) and Kristin Frey (USA, 14:32), who thus regained their meanwhile lost World Cup lead.

Thomas Dold, who now wants to „take a break and have some regenerative weeks” after strenuous competitions in the past few weeks again expressed his special respect for the race inTaipei: „The track is unusually long and provides no moment to breathe. While inNew York,Berlinand at other tracks the stairs are often interrupted by short flat parts, here it goes upwards permanently.” Thomas Dold won only three of his eight races inTaiwan. Only at two other towers worldwide (BaselandBogota) his victory percentage is lower.

It was Dold’s second defeat within one week after finishing second behind Christian Riedl at SkyRun MesseTurm Frankfurt, which was part of the European Championships tournament. Nevertheless by gaining another 170 points for rank 2 and the absence of his persecutors Christian Riedl and Fabio Ruga Dold was able to considerably expand his World Cup lead.

Award CeremonyTaipei101 Run Up (Top 5):

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-801138

Lechner in Taipei

Towerrunning – Bieg na Szczyt Rondo 1, May 19th, 2012


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The third May weekend was a very bustling weekend for tower runners worldwide, since 9 climbs in 7 nations have been held within 3 days. While some of Asia’s best stair climbers competed at the legendary International Towerthon in Kuala Lumpur and the US elites gathered World Cup points at Bennington Monument, the hotspot of the European Towerrunning scene has been in Warsaw. The second edition of Bieg na Szczyt Rondo 1 was not only Poland’s most important Towerrun, but also the second European Towerrunning World Cup Masters Race in 2012. Therefore additionally to many of the leading athletes from Eastern Europe some other international elite climbers travelled to Warsaw to compete in an extraordinary race.

Similar to the modus, that will be used for Towerrunning European Championships in Frankfurt on June 3rd, the race was held in two consecutive rounds. The first climb was done by all competitors in an individual time trial format and afterwards the best 12 male and female runners competed in a mass start final with a starting grid based on the qualifying results. Each climb included 770 exhausting stairs and short, sinuous flat parts after the start and on the top floor. Especially in the narrow finish chicane easily some tenths of a second could be lost when missing the best race line.

And these tenths were decisive especially in the first climb. The three fastest climbers finished the race with almost the same time – only separated by 0.55 seconds. Viktor Novotny (CZE) was a hair’s breadth ahead of Piotr Szmyt (POL) and Fabio Ruga (ITA). Five seconds behind this trio Piotr Lobodzinski, the leading Polish elite tower runner coming back after an injury break, finished the first round fifth and thereby was not able to gain a position in the front row for the final.

In the final round the foreign athletes seemed to be able to profit by their experience in mass start races and therefore dominated the competition. After already achieving three podium ranks in the current season Fabio Ruga now celebrated his first victory in 2012 with a final climb time of 3:39,5 – more than 16 seconds faster than in the qualifying round. Last year’s World Cup bronze medallist Tomas Celko (SVK) came in second, only 3.4 seconds behind the Italian winner. The third place went to Viktor Novotny from Czech Republic. Best athlete from Poland was Piotr Lobodzinski on fourth position missing the podium by only 2.1 seconds. The new Polish Towerrunning shooting star and winner of the Rondo 1 premiere race in 2011 Bartosz Swiatkowski had to be satisfied with 6th rank.

By winning the race in Warsaw and therefore scoring another 120 World Cup points Fabio Ruga took the lead in the world ranking for the first time in his career – closely followed by Justin Stewart (USA) and Thomas Dold (GER), who will have the chance to recapture the top position next week at his home race in Berlin.

The successful Saturday for the Italian stair climbing team was completed by 2011 World Cup champion Cristina Bonacina, who after being clearly beaten by the home athletes in the first round managed to lead the final til floor 35. Then Anna Ficner from Poland was able to overtake Bonacina and to win the race before the Italian, who nevertheless was pleased with her race and rank 2. Even a bit more pleased of course was 27 year old Ficner, who celebrated her fourth victory in a World Cup race and her first Masters Race triumph after defeating the tower in a time of 5:08.6 minutes.

It was an impressive moment, when after the Towerrunning award ceremony music has faded and Anna Ficner received her trophy the national anthem of Poland sounded through the imposing lobby of ONZ Rondo 1 tower. The picture of the deeply moved Polish winner on the podium seems to symbolize the enormous rise of the stair climbing sport in Poland. It wouldn’t be surprising, if one of the Polish athletes will gather a European Championships medal in Frankfurt.

All in all more than 500 mainly Polish runners accepted the challenge to climb Rondo 1 tower at this well-organized race. Besides inviting and supporting international elite athletes and setting up a highly professional race the event organizers from Sports Evolution agency were able to rise more than 4,000 € donations for SOS children villages so the charity aspect also played an important role at “Bieg na Szczyt Rondo 1”.

After the next Masters Race in Berlin in two weeks the international elites will meet again in Frankfurt to celebrate another great stair climbing festival. Then the first Towerrunning European Championships will be held and 9,000 € prize money wait to be won by Europe’s best stair climbers. Almost all European elite athletes already registered for the event and Race-Director Michael Lederer and his team look forward to a spectacular event with three thrilling rounds, a media-friendly competition mode and technical features setting a new standard in the Towerrunning sport. Also the charity aspect then will be in the focus again, since similar to the race in Warsaw a major part of the revenues of SkyRun MesseTurm Frankfurt will be donated to ARQUE, an organization supporting children with Spina bifida and their families.

Further information: www.towerrunning.com

Bieg na Szczyt Rondo 2012, Sebastian Wurster

Towerrunning – Basel, 21st April 2012


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Basel

21st April, 2012

World Cup Results and Press Release

It was a select field that has met up to participate in Towerrunning Basel 2012. 565 athletes from 12 countries completed the race including a 200 meters pre-run and 31 floors in the Messeturm, the highest building in Switzerland. Among them elite stair climbers from Europe, Australia, China and the United States competed for valuable points for the Towerrunning World Cup and the Vertical World Circuit.

Man of the day was German athlete Christian Riedl. He defeated the 542 stairs in 2:36.0 min. and thus broke the course record of Tomas Celko (SVK), winner of the previous two editions, by 1.3 seconds. Celko (2:43.2) at the end had to be satisfied with third place, since Italian Fabio Ruga with a time of 2:39.0 also placed before him. On fourth rank Bartosz Swiatkowski (POL) celebrated the best Masters Race result in his Towerrunning career.

In the women’s competition Marie Fee Breyer with a time of 3:26,6 laid the foundation for a possible German double victory. After neither last year’s World Cup champion Cristina Bonacina (ITA, 6th rank) nor the current World Cup leader Kristin Frey (USA, 3rd rank) could undercut the time of Breyer, her hopes for the third consecutive Basel triumph rose. But then Suzanne Walsham (AUS) managed to clock an incredible 3:11,4. This amazing time was not only 21 seconds faster than Breyer’s climb, but also smashed the track record by more than 15 seconds. After winning in London and finishing 2nd at the Empire State Building Run-Up Walsham celebrated her third podium finish in the current season, making her one of the top favourites for winning the Towerrunning World Cup.

The special international class of the again outstandingly organized race with a prize money fund of more than 2.000 € becomes clear when looking at the results sheets: In the men’s race the top 8 runners came from eight different nations and at the women’s podium runners from three continents were represented.

Besides the event for international elite athletes separate races for kids, teams and fire-fighters were held. Worthy of mention in this connection is the performance of Spaniard David Robles Tapia, who not only achieved a brilliant 5th rank in the individual competition, but also won the fire-fighters’ team event with his colleagues from the “Bomberos Ayuntamiento Zaragoza”. 108 fire crews with complete turnout gear (in the elite category even with breathing apparatus) assembled at the start line in front of the Messeturm, which led to plenty of action and overtaking in the narrow staircase of the tower.

After taking the stairs in Basel the European Towerrunning scene picks up steam. In May national stair climbing series in Czech Republic (Run Up Series) and Austria (Towerrunning Austria) will be launched and the Masters Races in Warsaw (May 19th) and Berlin (May 27th) will attract a lot of international stair climbers. On 3 June the MesseTurm in Frankfurt will host the first Towerrunning European Championships.

Further information: http://www.towerrunning.com/

Please see: https://biegizagraniczne.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/international-running/