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September 10  -  IZD Stiegenhauslauf Vienna          Gallery coming

The 10th anniversary edition of the IZD Tower Stiegenhauslauf shone with great sport and a great after race party. The finish after 630 stairs this year has been moved to the open area in the 34th floor of the building where athletes and visitors afterwards enjoyed the traditionally  excellent buffet before and after the victory ceremony with a magnificent view over Vienna.

As expected we saw a duel between the top ranked Austrians of the Towerrunning World Cup. Klaus Hausleitner defended his title in  3:06,2 beating Norbert Lechner by nearly 4 seconds.  On the podium too was Lukas Hinterhölzl who could hold the Austrian legends Rudi Reitberger and Markus Zahlbruckner at distance.Very remarkable in comparison with the male athletes were the times of the two fastest women. Maria Theresa Handlbauer set the next  highlight of her still short career. The Austrian shooting star clocked a time of 3:41,3 beating Zuzana Krchova of the Czech Republic by 4 seconds. The team contest was won by Towerrunning Austria.



September 9 - TWA full registration for 2015 launched
 
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 at here 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.
 
Additional information are provided in this explanatory document . Now the test period is over and the payment system has been launched. The license fee is 24€ for the whole season (reduced fee of 18€ for athletes under 20 or 50+). Preliminary registered athletes now in the profile can convert their account into an official TWA license for the 2015 season.



August 24 Sydney Tower Stair Challenge   August 23 MIllenium Tower Run Up Vienna

Sydney turned on some great weather for the annual Sydney Tower Stair Challenge on August 24, adding to what was always going to be a brilliant day. With over 800 participants and in excess of $145 000 raised for charity partner Giant Steps, this stair challenge proved why it is one of the favourites for hard core climbers.

Mark Bourne (AUS), silver medallist of the 2013 Towerrunning World Cup series, won the Australian Premium Race in 7 minutes and 17 seconds. World Cup leader Suzy Walsham (AUS, 8:39) celebrated an equally superior win in the women's field. As the race belonged to the WFGT Towerrunning Challenge, the winners were awarded with a round-trip to the World Cup Final at Danube Tower (January 24, 2015). Even apart from the elite circle remarkable performances could be observed at the Sydney Tower Eye. New Zealand participant Jordan Milroy took more than 1 hour to complete the climb but inspired everyone involved as he proved that cerebral palsy was no reason not to take on this epic challenge.

One day before World Cup champion and ranking leader Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) triumphed at Vienna's Millennium Tower Run Up. The Extreme Climb division with its 2,529 stairs in three sudorific ascents served as the Austrian Towerrunning Grand Prix. A lap record in the third climb brought the decision for Lobodzinski (cumulated time 11:10.1), beating Christian Riedl from Germany by 10.7 seconds. The third place was occupied by Tomas Celko (SVK), followed by David Schneider (SUI), Matjaz Miklosa (SLO) and fastest local competitor Klaus Hausleitner (AUT). Compared to Lobodzinski's first Millennium Tower victory in 2011 the Pole shaved 26.6 seconds from his former triple climb time, which was undercut by even three athletes in the 2014 edition, demonstrating the enormous sporting development over the past three years of both, the Polish World Cup champion and the Towerrunning scene in general.

With three almost equal lap times Maria Theresia Handlbauer, an Austrian shooting star in Towerrunning's firmament, claimed a surprisingly clear victory over Lenka Svabikova (CZE). Handlbauer is only the second woman in the world (after World Cup champion Suzy Walsham in 2012) racing the Millennium Tower Extreme division in less than 15 minutes and the first one setting sub-5-minute times in all three climbs. The battle for third place became an exciting duel between Austria's Annabelle-Mary Konczer and German Towerrunning champion Manuela Hartl. While the Austrian had the better start and a three-seconds lead after the first heat, Hartl turned the tide of the race in the second and third lap. 15 of the current top 30 athletes made their appearance in Vienna to participate in one of Europe's most competitive and difficult stair races and to collect points for the World Cup series.



Preview Millenium Tower Run Up Vienna (August 23) and Sydney Tower Stair Challenge (August 24)

The summer break is over and two months after the European Championships stair racing thrill returns to Vienna. On August 23, the visionary 202 metre tall Millennium Tower, located in the heart of the Millennium City at Vienna’s Handelskai, opens its stairwell for the 5th anniversary of the Millennium Tower Run Up, the Austrian Towerrunning Grand Prix. Nine of the top 10 male and female athlete are going to tackle 2,529 stairs in the Extreme Climb division consisting of three consecutive ascents. Defending champions Christian Riedl (GER) and Annabelle-Mary Konczer (AUT) will be challenged by Europe's cream of the crop of stair racing.

On the national level the race emerges as a major stage of the Towerrunning Austria series and thus becomes an important qualifier for the coveted Austrian seats in the World Cup Final at Danube Tower. Local hero Norbert Lechner says: "Once more the Millennium Tower welcomes a top-class international field. It'll be a great battle. The Austrian's want to take their chance at the home race to celebrate a victory for the red-white-red colours." Valuable points for the national and international rankings and cash prizes of 4,500 € are awarded to the best-placed athletes.

Millennium Tower Marketing Director Cristina Hofmann-Credner highlights the importance of the race. "With our facilities, event mode and the great line-up of the race we demonstrate that the Millennium Tower is not just an architectural landmark, but also an excellent playground for an aspiring sport. Meanwhile we became an integral part of the global Towerrunning calendar and belong to the top-league of stair racing."

Few hours later the strongest Oceanian athletes will gather in Sydney to compete in the Sydney Tower Stair Challenge, a Premium heat of the World Cup series and the inaugural Australian entry in the WFGT Towerrunning Challenge. Over 800 participants will take on the Sydney Tower Stair Challenge, climbing 1,504 steps to reach the Observation Deck at the Sydney Tower Eye and raising over $100,000 for children with autism in the process. Competitors from elite stair runners and Aussie celebrities, through to school kids to families, and even the odd fancy dressed participant will take part. Can last year’s winners, Suzy Walsham and Mark Bourne defend their titles or better their times? The current women’s record was set in 2013 by Suzy Walsham (8:24) while Paul Crake's record (6:52 in 2002) has not been challenged for years. The winners of this traditional race will receive a round-trip to the World Cup Final in Vienna.

In parallel to the exciting races in Austria and Down Under this weekend will also be coined by an outlook into Towerrunning's promising future. At the annual Towerrunning workshop in Vienna many of the most influential Towerrunning officials will assemble to discuss the amendments to rules and statutes, new services and projects for the coming years.



August 16  -  KingKey 100 Tower-Running Shenzhen         

In the ranking of the tallest buildings of the world at the moment the KingKey 100 is ranked on place 14. Located in Shenzhen, a rising city with about 15 million inhabitants in the South of China, this 442m office building also hosts hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. For the first time in the history of the Towerrunning World Cup athletes had the chance to climb 100 floors with 2548 stairs to the observation deck on top of this spectacular building.

Fastest climber was Jiajing O in 14:53 just 6 seconds before Quiang Li (both China). The podium was completed by Austrian Towerrunning world traveller Rolf Majcen adding another  spectacular race to his records. First on top was Quin Li before Sulan Li and Fengjuan Pan(all China). On 4th place Karolina Mika from Finland climbed the spot of best female international athlet.



August 8 - Reminder Millenium Tower Run Up Vienna on August 23

  On August 23 the Grand Prix series of the Towerrunning World Cup will celebrate its next event after the summer break. The Millennium Tower Run Up will host the Austrian Grand Prix and numerous top-ranked stair runners have already signed up. We ask you to bear in mind that in contrast to previous years World Cup points can only be scored in the triple climb ("Extreme") division.

Registration is still possible - Vienna waits for you !

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