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February 25 - Announcement Climb for Wilderness Calgary April 18        Website

The 2015 Towerrunning World Cup and WFGT Towerrunning Challenge returns to North America on Saturday 18th April for the Climb and Run for Wilderness event up Calgary Tower in Alberta, Canada. The event, in its 24th year, is one of the oldest Towerrunning events in North America and is held every year on the weekend closest to Earth Day as a charity fundraising event that helps fund and promote environmental and wilderness conservation in the province of Alberta.

The TWA Premium Race is unique in the series as it is not run as a singled timed ascent. Instead, runners will be undertaking a “Power Hour”, competing to see how many ascents of the 48 floors and 802 steps they can complete.  The male and female climber with the most ascents will each win USD500. “This Earth Day event has long been one of the most fun and exciting outings on Calgary’s social calendar”, said race organiser Sean Nichols from the Alberta Wilderness Society, “We’ve long known about what a special day it is for competitors, family and spectators, and we’re thrilled to welcome climbers from around the world to Calgary”.Climb for Wilderness and the TWA are pleased to announce travel packages for 6 athletes comprising €150 travel reimbursement and 1 night’s accommodation. 4 of these travel packages will be awarded to top-ranked applicants using the official TWA elite application system. 2 packages will be raffled among applicants with a top 30 ranking. Application period is from today until March 8, 2015 at 10 pm CET by emailing presidium@towerrunning.com.



February 18  -  Announcement Tallinn TV Tower Run  on April 5       race website www.towerrun.eu

The Tallinn TV Tower Run will host the next leg of the 2015 Towerrunning World Cup and the WFGT Towerrunning Challenge on April 5. The Tower, completed in 1980 to provide telecommunications services for the Moscow Olympic Sailing Regatta, provides Estonians with a unique and stunning view – the captivating Tallinn Old Town in the foreground and the glistening Baltic Sea in the distance. Athletes will climb to the Observation Deck, 870 steps and 170m above ground. “This is our second time to carry out this international event.and we welcome all climbers to visit our beautiful country” commented race organiser and Towerrunning World Council delegate Valdo Jahilo. “We are also pleased to announce that for the first time, we will broadcast the race on the internet.”

Last year’s race saw over 200 participants from 14 countries competing, with Towerrunning World Cup Champion Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) and World Cup Runner-Up Lenka Svabikova (CZE) triumphing in 4:10.7 and 6:12.8 respectively. . The race is limited to 250 participants
with the men’s and woman’s winner each receiving 400 €, Tallinn TV Tower Run and the TWA are pleased to announce travel packages for 6 athletes comprising 150 € travel reimbursement and 1 night’s accommodation. Interested athletes can apply from today until 24th February, 2015 at 10 pm Central European Time by emailing presidium@towerrunning.com.



February 11  -  Announcement Bieg Na Szczyt   Grand Prix of Poland on March 14   

For the second year in a row, Warsaw’s Rondo 1 Run Up will serve as the Towerrunning Grand Prix of Poland. Scheduled for March 14, the race will be an important prelude to the historic Towerrunning World Championships in Doha for many top-ranked European athletes, with local hero and Towerrunning World Cup leader Piotr Lobodzinski aiming to repeat last year's victory.

“We are extremely happy to host the Towerrunning Grand Prix of Poland again” said Piotr Jakóbik, spokesman for Rondo 1 Run Up. “As always, we are looking for tough competition between the top World Cup athletes, including our compatriots, especially Piotr Lobodzinski and Dominika Wisniewska-Ulfik. We hope for new track records as everyone should be already in good shape for the coming World Championships” he adds.

Rondo 1 Run Up is pleased to announce travel packages for 6 athletes comprising 150 € travel reimbursement and 2 nights’ accommodation. To add international flavour to the event, a further 2 travel packages are on offer for non-European athletes, comprising 300 € travel reimbursement and 2 nights’ accommodation. Travel packages will be awarded to top-ranked TWA registered athletes using the official TWA elite application system. Interested athletes can apply from today until 17th February, 2015 at 10 pm Central European Time by emailing presidium@towerrunning.com.



February 4  -  38th Empire State Building Run Up        Gallery

While the temperature outside had been sub-zero for days, the action inside the building was heating up at the 38th Empire State Building Run Up. As the first Premium Race of the 2015 Towerrunning World Cup and WFGT Tower Challenge got under way, elite athletes from 10 countries lined up to scale the 1,576 steps to the 86th floor observation deck. Continuing on from his impressive victory at the recent World Cup Final, German climber Christian Riedl finally triumphed at his sixth attempt, while Australian Suzy Walsham improved on her record-breaking tally to become a six-time winner.

The elite women were first off the mark and it was Italian Christina Bonacina and American Cindy Harris who were quickest through to the stairwell. Walsham trailed in third, but overtook soon after and powered away for her 6th victory in a strong 12min30sec. “I’ve had a really interrupted preparation with injury and illness so I wasn’t sure how I would hold up today, but I am thrilled to win again. Having done the race 8 times now, my familiarity with the building definitely helped with my race strategy”, commented Walsham. Americans filled the minor placings with Stephanie Hucko finishing in 13:50 and Shari Klarfield closely behind in 13:55. Hucko thought there were a few girls ahead of her until a race official told her she was in second place around the 66th floor, “I was so shocked I nearly tripped over”, she laughed “But I knew Shari was close behind so I told myself to leave nothing behind and went for it. I am ecstatic.”

The men’s race was equally exciting with Riedl triumphing by a mere 3 seconds in 10:16 from defending champion Norwegian Thorbjorn Ludvigsen in 10:19. Completing the international podium was Australia’s Darren Wilson in 10:53. Riedl paced his race to perfection initially trailing in 5th place, until he passed Wilson on the 45th floor and Ludvigsen on the 66th floor to storm home for the win. Speaking after the race, “It was really great. For me it was like the end of a long story, having raced here 5 times and finally winning on my sixth, but maybe it is now the beginning of another story” he smiled.

As the building was specially lit up in red and white for the evening race, there were other stories of triumph with cancer survivor Madeleine Fontillas Ronk finishing 13th place in the women’s elite race, and amputees Sarah Reinertsen and Eduardo Garcia, representing the Challenged Athletes Foundation, also completing the grueling race.



February 1 - Reminder: TWA registration for 2015 World Cup season  - 24€ (18€ under  20 or 50+)
 
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.

https://www.towerrunning.com/athletes.html



January 29  -  Announcement La Carrera Torre Latino   Grand Prix of Mexico on March 7   

Torre Latinoamericana, a skyscraper in downtown Mexico City, will host the first ever Towerrunning Grand Prix of Mexico on March 7, 2015. The race, the first leg of the 2015 Towerrunning Grand Prix series, will see 500 participants scaling 720 steps to the 42nd floor of the landmark building. “We are delighted with the organization of La Carrera Torre Latino and are very pleased to be part of the WFGT Towerrunning Challenge and to host Mexico’s first Towerrunning Grand Prix of Mexico” said race director Pedro Fossas. “The Tower has a lot of charisma and we are sure it is going to be a very exciting event. Even before we made it public, there was already big expectation about the race”, he added. Runners will be competing for a share in USD 2,600 prize pool awarded to the top 3 placed male and female competitors.

La Carrera Torre Latinoamericana is pleased to announce travel packages for 4 elite tower runners comprising USD 400 travel reimbursement and 2 nights’ accommodation. These will be awarded to TWA registered top ranked competitors using the official TWA application system. Additionally, a further 4 athletes from the North and Latin American regions will be awarded 1 night’s accommodation. Interested athletes can apply from today until February 10 at 10 pm Central European Time by emailing sport@towerrunning.com and vice@towerrunning.com.



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