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May 28 - Preview  Subida Gran Hotel Bali on May 30    

One of 2015’s new Towerrunning World Cup Premium races will be staged this Saturday in the stunning Spanish coastal city of Benidorm.  In addition to its fame as a tourist destination, the city is known as having one of the world’s greatest number of high-rise buildings per capita, and therefore it is not surprising that the Gran Hotel Bali Tower Run is one of the oldest stair races in Europe – this year is it’s 12th edition.

The race will see climbers scaling 936 steps up 52 floors to the 190m high finish.  Last year’s event saw a surprising result with Spanish runner Angel Llorens Zafra achieving the amazing feat of breaking legendary Paul Crake’s course record, clocking 4:33 to take the win.  He returns this year to defend his title, however he will face tough competition from World ranked #2 Tomas Celko (SVK), Ignacio Cardona (ESP), who was 2nd behind Llorens Zafra last year, Omar Bekkali (BEL), who was 4th in the race last year, Ralf Hascher (GER) and Dario Fracassi (ITA). In the women’s event, defending champion Rosi Llorens Zafra (ESP), the sister of Angel, will also be aiming for a repeat of last year’s performance, however she will be up against World #2 Lenka Svabikova (CZE) who had recent wins in Almere and Warsaw, and experienced Italian climber Christina Bonacina, who was 3rd in the event last year.  The women’s course record to beat is 5:44, set in 2010 by Wafiya Benali.



 May 27 - Sebastian Wurster resigns as President and is elected Honorary President  

On May 23, Sebastian Wurster (GER) resigned from his position of TWA President to focus more on the increasing demands of his role as a physician and scientist at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Clinical Research at the University Hospital of Wuerzburg.

Over the past years, Wurster has been an important driving force behind the development of the sport and the Association. After the introduction of the Towerrunning World Cup ranking in 2009, his efforts were pivotal for the compilation of the framework of the Towerrunning World Association, including its statutes, and the Towerrunning World Council, which he has chaired since December 2012. His ideas inspired the first editions of the Towerrunning European Championships in 2012 and the highly successful World Championships in 2015, as well as many other well-received international events.

In recognition of his efforts and commitment to the sport of Towerrunning, Wurster has subsequently been elected as Honorary President and will remain a member of the World Council.  “Besides my representative and ceremonial tasks, I consider the outcome of the ballot as a strong mandate to remain a source of ideas and inspirations for the furtherance of the international Towerrunning community”, Wurster says.

The TWA has celebrated many successes in 2015 including various great and new Grand Prix and Premium races and the inaugural Towerrunning World Championships.  As the Association expands its services for athletes and event partners, the restructuring of the Presidium and Executive Board will provide an opportunity to reinvigorate with new officials, ideas, projects and priorities.

The TWA will continue to be governed by the remaining Presidium Members Daniel Cecetka (Vice President), Michael Reichetzeder (Executive Director), and Rudolf Reitberger (Sports Director), with strong support from the National Associations and other World Council members, and is fully committed to the regulation, promotion and furtherance of the sport of Towerrunning.  The TWA sincerely thanks Sebastian Wurster for his services to the sport and wishes him all the success in his future professional endeavours.



May 6 - Announcement:  Grand Prix of Chile on July 12  

On July 12, this year’s second brand-new Latin American Towerrunning event will join the TWA Grand Prix series. The premiere of the Chilean Towerrunning Grand Prix is staged in the Gran Torre Santiago, an icon of the Chilean capital. Gran Tower Santiago is one of the four buildings forming the Costanera Center complex. With its height of 300 m the tower is the tallest building of South America.The event in the 62-storey building will consist of two consecutive heats with 1,800 stairs per ascent. The first heat is held in individual time trial and the second one for the Top12 athletes will be conducted in mass start. A prize purse of 800, 500 and 250 USD will be awarded to the Top3 male and female athletes.

The organization and the TWA cordially invite the international tower runners to join the premiere of the Chilean Grand Prix. Four travel packages comprising 300 Euro travel allowance and 2 nights’ accommodation including breakfast are on offer for TWA-registered top-ranked athletes. Four additional athletes from Latin America will receive free accommodation in Santiago. The packages are awarded using the official TWA elite application system. Interested athletes can apply until May 17, 2015 at 10 pm Central European Summer Time at president@towerrunning.com and sport@towerrunning.com.



May 3 - Taipei 101 Run Up             Gallery

The TWA Grand Prix of Taiwan and WFGT Towerrunning Challenge took place on Sunday 3 May at the popular Taipei 101 Run Up. As more than 4,500 competitors from 38 countries were lining up to conquer one of the world’s tallest buildings, the elites were already scaling the 2,046 steps and 91 floors to the Taipei 101 Observation deck, and it was World Cup leaders Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) and Suzy Walsham (AUS) who claimed victory. Despite being the only two elite athletes to fail the “medical test” (a balancing test with closed eyes), the two recorded strong victories with Lobodzinski reaching the top in 11min08sec and Walsham in 13min16sec.

It was Lobodzinski’s first win in the Tower after twice finishing runner-up, and he was pleased with the result. “I am very happy to finally win in Taipei” he smiled, “I have not done so much specific stair training since the World Championships so I was really pleased with my result and the time”. Second place went to Italian Emanuele Manzi in 11min52sec, claiming his first podium result in his fourth attempt, and much to the delight of the local crowd Kuo Chun-ku took third place in 12min53sec.

In the women’s elite race, Walsham returned to Taipei after a six year hiatus and ran almost 30 seconds faster than her previous best. “I am pleased with the win” said Walsham “but a little disappointed with the time as I really wanted to go sub-13 minutes. With the height of the stars, it was difficult to use my normal technique so I did not feel as strong as I hoped.” Second place went to rising star Dominika Wiszniewska-Ulfik (POL) in 14mins29sec, “This was the tallest building I have ever run up” she commented “but it was a good race and I enjoyed the challenge.” Experienced Italian stair climber Christina Bonacina came in third in 16mins.

This is the eleventh edition of the race and it is a key sporting event on the Taipei running scene. The race comprised four different categories of competition: elite runners, corporate teams, fundraising relays and individual amateurs; and in an effort to set an example and promote a  healthy fitness regime, even the Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je competed, finishing in a time of 45min54sec.

 



May 1 - WTC Trappenloop Almere                             Gallery

Matjaz Miklosa and Lenka Svabikova are the champions of this year’s WTC Trappenloop in Almere, the Dutch stage of the Towerrunning World Cup Premium series.The experienced Slovenian tower runner Miklosa clocked a time of 3 minutes and 43 seconds and celebrated his first victory in a Towerrunning Premium event. “It was a very great race,” he stated afterwards. “I was pacing myself in the first half of the ascent. Then I felt that I had a lot of energy left, so I started to increase the pace and gave everything on the last floors. I think I even could have been a little faster,” he smiled. Austria’s Klaus Hausleitner needed only three more seconds to master the difficult course in Almere’s World Trade Center, while Görge Heimann from Germany finished third in 3:51. Fastest Dutchman was Jeroen Vochteloo, who took the 5th place in 3:56, just behind Spaniard David Robles Tapia (3:54). The Open Category was won by Tjerk Tjallema from Almere (6th overall, 4:01), beating former Olympic speed-skating champion Jochem Uytdehaage.

In the women’s division Lenka Svabikova (CZE), runner-up of the Towerrunning World Cup ranking, set a new course record (4:43) and proved her outstanding class with a 39 seconds margin of victory. Four weeks after winning in Tallinn, the WTC Trappenloop marked Svabikova’s second consecutive triumph in a European Premium Race. Stef Jager (NED) took the second place in 5:22, followed by Jasmina Klancnik (SLO, 5:32) rounding off a strong performance of the Slovenian team.

From the first edition in 2012, the Business Run is a pivotal part of the event organized by Start2Finish. The 2015 Business Run was coined by pure excitement, since the top 3 teams were separated by only 3 seconds. Three students from the Helen Parkhust College won in an aggregated time of 16:09 and defeated LeasePlan team (16:11) in their own headquarters. More than 150 athletes competed in the 4th edition of the WTC Trappenloop. They started in the lobby of the WTC, completed a short outdoor section, and ran down the ramps of the parking garage to level -4. Arriving there, the runners entered the staircase to climb up 600 very steep stairs to the 29th floor, where they could enjoy the spectacular panorama of Almere. With an incline of 87% the race is renowned to be particularly tough and technically demanding for the foreign athletes who are not used to the typical Dutch staircase geometry.

TWA President Sebastian Wurster drew a very positive conclusion: „We saw a well-organized race with fierce international competition. The TWA gladly noticed the high sporting quality of the local athletes. We hope that this event helps to accelerate the further development of the Dutch Towerrunning scene.”



May 1 - Announcement Grand Prix of Europe 2015 June 19-21    

Following the successful staging of the 2014 TWA European Championships, the same race format will again apply for this year’s Towerrunning Grand Prix of Europe. Unique to the World Cup calendar, the event will see athletes compete in three races, across three days, in three different countries, and while the height of the towers favour the shorter distance specialists, backing up to travel and race day after day adds a certain challenge and complexity to the competition.

The first race on Friday 19th June will see climbers racing up Vienna’s 779 steps and 150 m high Donauturm, Austria’s tallest tower. Saturday’s race will move to the Czech Republic, up the 700 steps of Brno’s AZ Tower, the country’s tallest building; while the final thrilling race on Sunday 21st June will be up the challenging 430 step UFO Tower in Bratislava, Slovakia. Runners will score points at each event, with the overall highest point scorers vying for a share of the EUR 4,200 prize pool. Prize money will be distributed to male and female winners as follows:

1st  EUR 800 - 2nd EUR 600 - 3rd  EUR 400 - 4th EUR 200 - 5th EUR 100

The race organizers and TWA are pleased to offer 10 travel packages comprising EUR 100 travel reimbursement, 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast, transport between races, and free race entry. An additional 2 travel packages for athletes from other continents are available comprising EUR 300 travel reimbursement, 3 nights’ accommodation with breakfast, transport between races and free race entry. 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 Sunday 17th May, 2015 at 10 pm Central European Summer Time by emailing vice@towerrunning.com and sport@towerrunning.com.

Another 25 travel packages are also available to purchase as follows: EUR 150 for 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast or EUR 200 for 3 nights’ accommodation with breakfast. Both packages also include free race entry and bus transport between races. Interested athletes can apply from today until Sunday 7th June, 2015 at 10 pm Central European Summer Time by emailing vice@towerrunning.com or dcecetka@stormpromo.sk. Athletes applying for travel packages do not need to register for individual events.

Non elite runners can register at http://registrace.sportsoft.cz/mmain.aspx?m=126&Lng=en from today until 16 June.



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