December 20  -  Towerrunning World Championships  2015 - News Flash 

In March 2015 the inaugural global Towerrunning championships are staged Doha’s Aspire Tower (“The Torch”). Today the WCH organization board released the regulations and awards.

The two-day tournament consists of three heats combining different distances and race modes. In the first individual time trial heat on March 27 about 500 local competitors and international athletes will race to the 51st floor of the Torch Tower. For most of the participants the tournament is over after this stage, since only the top 30 male and female competitors proceed to the second heat – an individual time trial sprint held on March 27 too. The results of the first and second race will be converted into points scores according to the TWA World Cup scoring system.

These point scores are basis for the starting grid in the final mass start heat on March 28. In separate finals, the top 30 male and female athletes will line up in a start formation inspired by motor racing. Once the lights turn green, the race to the top of the Torch hotel is on and the competitors are only 1300 stairs away from the coveted titles. As the point scores have been considered for the start positions, only the run-in-sequence in the 3rd heat will determine the final World Championships standings. Referees and marshals monitor the race to sanction violations of the fair-play rules.

The Towerrunning World Champions will receive a cash prize of 5,000 USD (each). A total purse of 24,000 USD is allocated among the top 5 male and female athletes. Moreover, Qatar Airways airfare vouchers are awarded to the tournament’s medallists. This prize shall serve as an additional incentive to travel to other Grand Prix and Premium Races of the World Cup series. The maximum World Cup point value of the WCH tournament itself will be 280.

Apart from the Individual World Championships, the points scored in the first and second heat will also count towards the Team World Championships. The best-placed male and female athlete and one further athlete from every participating country will contribute points to the team score. The winning national association and its athletes will be awarded with a cash prize of 3,000 USD.

A dedicated elite athlete invitation policy is set to attract the strongest athletes from all over the world. 30 travel packages (in three different categories) are offered by Aspire Zone Foundation on the basis of the 2014 Towerrunning World Cup ranking, selected qualifying races and national Towerrunning series. Only athletes possessing a regular TWA license for the 2015 season are entitled to profit from travel packages and invitations. Both the registration for the season license and the elite athlete (top 100) registration for the World Championships will end on January 31, 2015.

Preview Ascenso Torre Colpatria - Grand Prix of Colombia  - December 8  Bogota    

On Monday, Latin America's premier Towerrunning event, Carrera Ascenso Torre Colpatria, will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Colombia's most experienced Towerrunning athletes and a strong selection of local road and mountain runners are challenged by top-ranked competitors from Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic and USA.

From 2010 to 2013 the Colpatria Tower has been the traditional venue of the Towerrunning World Cup Final gaining huge local and international media recognition. Now Carrera Ascenso Torre Colpatria is the first Towerrunning Grand Prix event in Latin America. More than 4,000 participants will be a testimony of the outstanding Towerrunning enthusiasm in the sports-loving republic in the northwest of South America.

The climatic conditions and the high altitude place special physiological demands on the competitors. In the glorious history of the event, no foreign stair climber was able to beat the Colombian athletes on their home turf. This circumstance contributes to the special myth of the race. The Colombian Grand Prix is a direct qualifying event for the inaugural 2015 Towerrunning World Championships in Doha.

November 24  -  Registration open for the Towerrunning Finals in Vienna on January 24, 2015      

There are just two months remaining until the grand ending of the Towerrunning World Cup season in Vienna's Danube Tower. On January 24, 2015 this event will mark the joint final and culmination of the WFGT Towerrunning Challenge and Towerrunning World Cup series.

9 great towers all over the world have staged WFGT Towerrunning Challenge events with the aim to promote healthy lifestyle as well as the different towers belonging to the World Federation of Great Towers. The series stopped in Macau, Tallinn, Calgary, Kuala Lumpur, Vienna, Bratislava, Sydney, Portsmouth and Melbourne. Each participating tower awarded its race winners with round-trip airfare tickets to Vienna where they will compete against the top athletes of the World Cup series. The invitation policy on the basis of races in all major Towerrunning areas guarantees a particular high level of competition at the World Cup Final in Vienna and we look forward to one of the most star-studded races in the Towerrunning history. Race entry is limited to a small and exclusive circle of national and international top athletes fighting for victory in two consecutive heats. In the men's battle for the podium ranks in the World Cup series Piotr Lobodzinski is holding the points advantage, ahead of Christian Riedl (GER) and Tomas Celko (SVK). In the women's Final a tense race for the global stair racing crown is expected between Suzanne Walsham (AUS) and Lenka Svabikova (CZE). Not to forget the strong local and international rivals who could decisively influence the final ranking results. After the race not only the World Cup trophies and medals, but also the invitations to the inaugural Towerrunning World Championships in Doha will be handed to the top-ranked athletes.

Another element of excitement is the national final of Towerrunning Austria 's ÖTL Cup which forms part of the Towerrunning World Cup Final. Until now twelve races have been held in seven of Austria's nine districts. Due to an active stair racing community in relation to the country's size Austria hosts the most stair races per million inhabitants. Particularly notable is the big variety of distances and venues. Classical indoor races in towers and skyscrapers are mixed with urban outdoor sprints and long distance climbs in the Alps. Klaus Hausleitner and Maria Theresa Handlbauer are sitting atop the national rankings before the Final at Danube Tower, the birthplace of the Austrian Towerrunning sport. The Austrian athletes are thrilled to celebrate their great and successful season together with international elite athletes coming to Vienna for the finals of the Towerrunning World Cup and WFGT Towerrunning Challenge.

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November 23  -  Down under triumphs in Singapore again 

Swissôtel Vertical Marathon, the Singaporian event in the Towerrunning Premium series, held at the 226-metre tall Swissôtel The Stamford, showcased world-class competition at its peak this morning. Mark Bourne from Australia took home his second Swissôtel Vertical Marathon winning title with a time of 6 minutes 46 seconds. Not only does he break his own record from the 2013 Swissôtel Vertical Marathon, his time this year now puts him on par with the current course record set by Germany’s Thomas Dold in 2009. Emanuele Manzi from Italy became runner-up, with 7 minutes 28 seconds. Muroslav Burian from Czech Republic came in just seconds after Manzi in 3rd position (7:33). Suresh Tilija came in 4th (7:40) while Gorge Heimann from Germany took 5th place in 7:55.

9th-time winner of the Swissôtel Vertical Marathon Women’s Open Category, Suzanne Walsham, clinched another triumph with her uncontested time of 8 minutes 2 seconds, just about 4 seconds shy of her result achieved in 2013. Vanja Cnops from Belgium meanwhile took the 2nd spot (9:24) while Towerrunning World Cup leader Lenka Svabikova (CZE) came in very closely at 9 minutes 26 seconds. Both Mark Bourne and Suzanne Walsham will enjoy a cash prize of S$3,000 as well as a one-night stay in the luxurious Presidential Suite at Swissôtel The Stamford. Moreover, the top 3 competitors received travel packages to take part in TWA's Asian & Oceanian Towerrunning Championships in GuangZhou on January 9, 2015.

Participants of the Sunrise Challenge enjoyed a most wonderful sight at the helipad of Swissôtel The Stamford this morning as 27-year old Adam Goh, got down on one knee as soon as he crossed the finish line with his 25-year old girlfriend, Vicky Neo, for a beautiful wedding proposal. Minutes before, athletes and media had already witnessed another proposal on the helipad. Conveniently located in the heart of Singapore, Swissôtel The Stamford offers a luxurious range of 1,261 guestrooms and suites with a wealth of amenities and panoramic views of Singapore and Malaysia. The course of the annual Vertical Marathon, hosted by the hotel since 1987, leads through the Raffles City shopping centre and a non air-conditioned 73 storey stairwell. The tropical climate made the race a special challenge.

 “The Swissôtel Vertical Marathon is an exciting event that we, as an organisation look forward to each year. Not only does it inspire a culture of sporting excellence, it is also our way of giving back to the community.” says Tom Meyer, Managing Director, Fairmont Singapore and Swissôtel The Stamford. The race partners Rainbow Centre Yishun Park School in supporting their efforts at providing children with special needs with further education and development programmes. With the support of the participants and corporate clients, the 2014 Vertical Marathon successfully raised the targeted amount of S$30,000 for the Rainbow Centre Yishun Park School.

November 5  -  Registration open for 2015 Towerrunning World Championships      

There are great news for the international elite stair runners who cannot expect to get their ticket for the inaugural Towerrunning World Championships in Doha: On November 5 (10:00 a.m. CET) the registration for international competitive stair runners opens. All top 100-ranked athletes possessing a regular TWA license for the 2015 season can download the registration form.

A dedicated elite athlete invitation policy is set to attract the strongest athletes from all over the world, who will compete for the individual and team World Champion titles and cash prizes. 30 travel packages (in three different categories) are offered by Aspire Zone Foundation on the basis of the 2014 Towerrunning World Cup ranking, selected races and national Towerrunning series. By submitting the WCH registration form to the TWA Sports Director you will automacilly apply for receiving such an invitation.

The 2015 TWA Towerrunning World Championships will take place on 27-28 March and include a twoday race programme with three heats combining different distances and competition modes. A spectacular and TV-friendly start mode, similar to automobile racing, will be used for the grand final of the top 30 male and female athletes. The sporting competition will be accompanied by a diversified supporting programme with a gala dinner, schools outreach and a medical conference.

Important Information:

1.) The early-bird registration is provided for top-ranked international athletes. Competitors not belonging to the international elite circle (top 100) can register at a later time-point using the registration system of the local organizers.
2.) The early-bird WCH registration requires a regular TWA 2015 season license. The free and voluntary registration in the test period is not sufficient.
3.) All athletes having conducted this registration process are automatically considered as applicants for travel packages and elite athlete support. There is no alternative way to apply for elite athlete benefits. No athlete will be invited without having registered using the TWA registration system.
4.) The elite athlete registration via TWA will end on January 31, 2015. Elites athletes missing this opportunity can register later using the registration system of the local organizers. However, only athletes submitting the TWA registration form until January 31, 2015 are eligible for travel packages, invitations and for a start position in the international elite start group.
5.) We ask you to carefully read the detailed rules and regulations for the application and invitation process.

November 1 - Reminder: TWA registration for 2015 World Cup season 
In the 2015 season the Towerrunning World Association and our sport will do another step towards global professionalization by introducing an athlete registration system, connected with a systematic data management and new services.
All athletes can sign up by filling in a registration form. Subsequently, you will receive your individual TWA Athlete ID number. This ID together with your password will give you access to a personal page in a protected area of the TWA website. From 2015 your individual access can be used to view your race results and statistics, to apply for TWA elite athlete support (travel packages ...) and register for international Towerrunning championships.
The license fee is 24€ for the whole season (reduced fee of 18€ for athletes under 20 or 50+). Preliminary registered athletes can convert their account into an official TWA license for the 2015 season from within their profile.

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