November 29 - Swissotel Vertical Marathon Singapore Top 6 (preliminary)
1 Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) 6:48
Due to weather conditions the race finished on 69th floor.
November 25 - Preview Swissotel Vertical Marathon Singapore on November 29
Singapore will host its first ever Towerrunning Grand Prix event this Sunday with the 28th instalment of the Swissotel Vertical Marathon. While the day usually starts with a marriage proposal (or two!) in the Sunrise Team Challenge, the action will continue all morning as some of the world’s top towerrunners join more than 2,200 participants to blaze up 1,336 steps over 73 stories to the 226m peak of one of South East Asia’s tallest hotels, Swissotel The Stamford.
4 times World Cup Champion, 2015 World Cup Leader and local Singapore resident Suzy Walsham (AUS) will be aiming for an amazing 10th straight women’s title. “This race has a lot of sentimental value for me as it kicked off my stair running career back in 2006” Walsham said, “It’s one of my favourite races and I will definitely be pushing myself for another title.” She will be up against World Championship bronze medalist and current World Cup runner-up Dominika Wisniewski-Ulfik (POL), perennial World Cup top 5 achiever Christina Bonacina (ITA) and Cindy Reid (AUS).
In the men’s elite race, World Cup leader and 2015 World Champion Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) will be aiming for his first win, (after placing 3rd in 2013), and his recent form indicates the course record of 6:46, jointly held by Thomas Dold (GER) and Mark Bourne (AUS), is under threat. He will face strong competition from Germans Gorge Heimann and Ralf Hascher, Italian mountain running specialists Xavier Chevrier and Luca Cagnati and Austrian Norbert Lechner.
The elites will be vying for a share in more than USD5,000 prize money, while the top place-getters in all categories will receive attractive prizes including room stays.
November 15 - Eureka Climb - Eureka Tower -Melbourne
Record 5th titles for Alice McNamara and Mark Bourne
The men’s race was a battle between Australia’s leading duo of Mark Bourne and Darren Wilson, currently ranked 6th and 4th respectively in the 2015 TWA World Cup. Bourne, the World Championship silver medallist, has been in good form with a recent win in Sydney and two second places in Beijing and Shanghai, while Wilson, the Asian Champion and World Championship bronze medallist recently won the Adelaide Stair Challenge. But Bourne proved too strong, again cracking the elusive 8minute mark to win in 7:55, with Wilson 13 seconds behind in 8:08. “I’m very glad to win the Eureka Climb for the 5th year in a row” said Bourne, “As always, the race was tough so it is great to break the 8-minute barrier once again.” Scott McGraw matched his 3rd placing from 2013 finishing in 9:19.
The women’s race was dominated by Alice McNamara with a superb 9:39, only 6 seconds shy of her 2011 course record. Preparing for selection in the Australian Olympic Rowing team for Rio, McNamara, who finished 7th overall, was one minute ahead of 2013 winner Brooke Logan (10:39), while Kim Hamilton rounded out the top 3 in 11:25.
The event included a category for Emergency Services and was well supported by firefighters (weighed down by 23kg of equipment), Ambulance and Police officers, and members of the Defence Force. Around 2,500 participants raised more than $250,000 for charities Interplast and Whitelion.
November 8 - SkyRise & Climb for Life Chicago - Willis Tower & LaSalle Pics SkyRise Pics LaSalle
Skyrise Chicago always attracts the best US Towerrunners, but this year’s men’s start list was complimented by strong European athletes and pre-race favourite Darren Wilson from Australia. Unfortunately, due to flight problems the TWA World Championships bronze medallist didn’t make it to the windy city, so all eyes were on the top seeded athletes comprising Towerrunning USA President Alex Workman, reigning US Champion and current Willis Tower course record holder Sproule Love, Germany’s Gorge Heimann, and the World Trade Center premiere winner Tim Donahue (USA). Starting and finishing first, Love set the benchmark time of 13:41. Heimann, who started 10 seconds later, never got in contact with the American and finished 18 seconds after Love clocking a nett time of 13:49. Surprisingly the next runner crossing the finish line was TWA Sports Director Rudolf Reitberger from Austria, recording a very strong 13:47. Despite many personal bests from the chasing athletes, including Tim Donahue in 14:01, Slyvio Atmanspacher (GER) in 14:14 and Alex Workman in 14:19, Love secured the win, with Reitberger taking second place and his first ever podium in a TWA Premium race. “It was my best race in the last 8 years” stated the former ESBRU winner. Heimann settled for the bronze, the top three separated by only 8 seconds.
The women’s field was North American affair. Everyone expected a tough battle between Cindy Harris and Stephanie Hucko, who has had some strong performances in the US throughout the year. But it was the experienced Harris (course record holder and 7th at the TWA World Championships) who claimed an unprecedented 10th win with a time of 16:02, defeating Hucko (17:18) by more than a minute. The podium was completed by US-living Canadian and this year’s US Bank Tower winner Veronica Stocker in 18:29.
Remarkably all 6 male and female medallists are over 40 years old, proving that experience can be an advantage in such a high and difficult building like the Willis Tower. Just two hours after the Skyrise, another Tower Run took place in Chicago, the 58 story Climb for Life at LaSalle building. Many of the elite runners used this opportunity to gain extra points for the TWA World Cup and the race saw a reversal of fortune for some of the elites. This time, Hucko overcame Harris by 10 seconds to take the women’s title, while Canadian newcomer Tim Young celebrated his first victory (after finishing 7th at the Skyrise) beating Reitberger by 4 seconds.
November 8 - Preview SkyRise Chicago on Nov 8 - Willis Tower
This Sunday, the US city of Chicago will host the TWA Premium Race and WFGT Towerrunning Challenge up the soaring Willis Tower. Skyrise Chicago is one of the tallest stair racing climbs in the world and athletes will climb 2,109 stairs up 103 floors to the SkyDeck Chicago, 1,353ft (412m) above the ground. America’s top stair runners will be out in force, but they will be up against some top international climbers, eager to conquer America’s biggest race.
In the men’s field, TWA World Championships bronze medallist and big building specialist Darren Wilson (AUS) will start favourite, but he will face tough competition from the American contingent featuring Sproule Love, winner of the 2015 USA Championships and current Willis Tower course record holder, Eric Leninger, winner of this year’s Hustle up the Hancock, and Alexander Workman, 3rd in last year’s race and top ranked American in the TWA World Cup. In addition to Wilson, the international contingent will feature Germans George Heimann, 2nd here in 2013 and winner at this year’s Calgary Tower, and TWA World Cup top 20 ranked Ralf Hascher, and Austrians Rudi Reitberger and TWA Executive Director Michael Reichetzeder. All eyes will be on the clock to see if Love’s 2011 course record of 13:03 will fall.
The women’s race will be a North American affair with in-form Americans Stephanie Hucko, 2015 USA Stair Climbing Champion and runner-up at this year’s Empire State Building Run Up, against Cindy Harris, 9 times winner, course record holder and currently 7th in the TWA World Cup, last year’s winner Sherri Breese, Liz Ruvalcaba, the third ranked American and 2015 winner of Presidential Towers stair climb, and TWA Top 20 ranked Madeleine Fontillas Ronk. The international contingent will feature TWA World Cup 8th ranked Canadian Veronica Stocker, winner of this year’s Calgary Tower “Power Hour”.
The race is expected to attract more than 3,000 participants and aims to raise more than $1million for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
For more details see the race website at www.skyrisechicago.org.
November 3 - Announcement Grand Prix of China on Dec 26- Canton Tower Guang Zhou
The Guangzhou Vertical Marathon Series 2015 is pleased to announce travel packages for 8 international athletes comprising EUR400 travel reimbursement and 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast. Travel packages will be awarded to TWA-registered athletes with a Top 60 ranking according to the October 2015 TWA World Cup rankings. Interested athletes can apply from 3 November until 15 November, 2015 at 10pm Central Europe Time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. The event website (in Chinese language only) is at www.gzverticalmarathon.org.