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.

October 31  -  Preview Swissotel Vertical Marathon Singapore  on November 23 

Swissôtel Vertical Marathon, one of Asia’s most exhilarating Towerrunning events, returns on Sunday. Witness yet again, the adrenalin-charged race action and the epitome of world-class competition as 2,300 participants conquer 1,336 steps over 73 stories, 226 metres, in the fastest time possible. Soaring at a towering height of 226 metres, Swissôtel The Stamford, one of Southeast Asia’s tallest hotel and Singapore's iconic symbol of Swiss hospitality, has been the site for Asia’s most gruelling Vertical Marathon since its inception in 1987. Steadfast in efforts to inspire a culture of sporting excellence in Singapore and around the world, the Swissôtel Vertical Marathon had humble beginnings, first setting foot in the sporting arena over two decades ago with only 180 participants, and as of 2014, the country’s premier Tower Run garnered a record-breaking 2,300 local and international stair runners.

Governed by the strict guidelines and framework set out by the Towerrunning World Association which provides sports jurisdiction over international sporting events, the Swissôtel Vertical Marathon now positions Singapore alongside countries such as USA, Netherlands and Australia as a participating venue of the Towerrunning Premium series. Participants can attempt to triumph their competitors in popular race categories like the Men’s and Women’s categories ranging from under 20 to above 50 years of age, the Buddies and Besties' Challenge and the Corporate Challenge where companies are encouraged to take part in the race as a motivational and team-bonding activity, driven by a charitable cause. The exciting Sunrise Team Challenge will kick-start the day’s race categories at 6.30 am where teams of two will compete to be the first to reach the top of Swissôtel The Stamford where the race culminates with an awe-inspiring panorama of the city skyline just as the sun rises over the horizon.

At the top of the league, elite athletes will pit their skills against the best in the Men's and Women's Open categories. The exclusive field comprises top-ranked international competitors including defending champions Suzanne Walsham (AUS) and Mark Bourne (AUS), German vice-champion Görge Heimann, World Cup ranking leader Lenka Svabikova (CZE) and Czech Republic's Towerrunning shooting star Miroslav Burian. The individual winners will receive a S$3,000 cash prize. Whilst the average participant takes 15 to 20 minutes to reach the top, the ultimate record yet to be broken is 6:46, set by Thomas Dold (GER) in 2009.

In line with Swissôtel The Stamford’s mission of being a positive and integral member of the communities in which we operate, the 2014 Vertical Marathon aims to raise S$30,000 for the Rainbow Centre Yishun Park School, a programme supported by Community Chest. Rainbow Centre Yishun Park School is a special education school under Rainbow Centre Singapore that provides special education for children with multiple disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder between 7 and 18 years old. It is committed to enhancing the quality of life of children with special needs through education and training to enable them to achieve their fullest potential.

October 28  -  Asian & Oceanian Championships (Call for elite athlete applications)  

Only a few days have passed since our announcement for the 2014 / 2015 Asian & Oceanian Towerrunning Championships in GuangZhou and here comes another important piece of information for international competitors who want to join the Canton Tower Run on January 9, 2015.

From today you can apply for a travel package consisting of 250 USD airfare reimbursement and two nights of free accommodation in a high-standard hotel. Applications have to be submitted to until November 9, 2014 (10:00 pm CET). The ten best-placed applicants will be selected. Please note that a top 30 position in the Towerrunning World Cup ranking as of October 19, 2014 is a pre-requisite for receiving an invitation.

Athletes having been the fastest male or female Asian & Oceanian contestant in the International Towerthon Kuala Lumpur, Sydney Tower Stair Challenge or Taipei 101 Run Up will be contacted by the TWA to arrange their travel details. Further invitations will be offered on the basis of the results of Eureka Climb Melbourne and Swissotel Vertical Marathon Singapore.

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