Soh Wai Ching has set a new course record of 12.57 at the 105-floor Willis Tower in Chicago.

The Malaysian star became only the second person to have run the course’s 2,109 steps in under 13 minutes, as he took a second off the previous record of 12.58 set by Colombia’s Frank Nicolas Carreno in 2017.

Mark Henderson and Ezra Mullen battled it out for the remaining podium spots with Henderson eventually edging it with his 16.22 finish enough to see off Mullen’s 16.40.

In the women’s division, Rosalyn Russell (fourth at the ESBRU last month) took the win in 18.48. Jill Paha (19.54) and Verity Rees (19.56) both clocked personal best times in their super-close battle for second spot.

The win rounds off an impressive few weeks racing in America for Soh, who also took victory at the Empire State Building Run-Up last month.

Victory in Chicago came after he secured a double event win in Detroit less than 24 hours before. At the Gift of Adoption Michigan Stair Climb at Southfield Town Center, Soh destroyed the previous course record up the 522-step building – taking it down to 2.22 from the previous best of 3.13 – before putting in a fantastic one-hour tour de force of 15 climbs to win the Power Hour event.

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Cindy Harris powered to the top of the Empire State Building last night to win the 43rd edition of the famous Run-Up.

It’s the fifth time the 52-year old from Indianapolis has won the race, with her previous wins coming in 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003.

Harris climbed to the top of the tower’s 1,576 steps and out onto the observation deck finish line in 14.01, in what was her 23rd appearance at the ESBRU.

The American was followed by Mexico’s Maria Elisa Lopez in 14.12 and fellow American Shari Klarfeld in 14.15.

Soh takes men’s title

Malaysia’s Soh Wai Ching took victory in the men’s division with a time of 10.46, taking an impressive 28 seconds off the time he set on his ESBRU debut in 2019.

Soh was followed by 2018 winner Frank Nicolas Carreño from Colombia who clocked 11.23, while third went to Mexico’s Alexis Trujillo who finished in 11.39.

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We’re less than a couple of hours away from the start of the Empire State Building Run-Up. Here’s a quick overview of some of the men lining up in the lobby tonight for the 43rd edition of the event.

Soh Wai Ching (Malaysia)

With his second place finish at the 2019 ESBRU (time of 11.14), Soh Wai Ching is probably the narrow favourite for tonight’s race, although with no races to assess the athlete’s form on it’s hard to say. The Malaysian has had the upper hand on close rival Alexis Trujillo before, most notably at the Towerrunning Tour Final in 2019.

He’s spent the last few weeks doing a half-marathon and Red Bull 400 in Europe and training at tall towers in Dubai so will be coming in strong. We will be surprised if he doesn’t go sub 11-minutes and finish first.

Alexis Trujillo (Mexico)

Trujillo is making his ESBRU debut tonight. He was ranked third in the world at the end of 2019 (behind Piotr Lobodzinski and Wai Ching) and kickstarted his 2020 campaign with a blistering, record-breaking run at Scale the Strat. The pandemic robbed us of seeing him in full flow for the remainder of the year and this is pretty much the first we’ll have seen of the Mexican for ages.

What sort of form he’s in we’ll have to wait and see. Would expect to see him on the podium and top spot is definitely within reach if things go his way this evening.

Frank Nicolas Carreno (Colombia)

Carreno clocked an impressive 10.50 on his debut to win the Empire State Building Run-Up in 2018. He wasn’t at the race in 2019, but has chalked up plenty of wins since. He was victorious at the 700-step Conquista del Penol in Colombia earlier this month so is clearly in race shape.

He’ll be hot on the case of Trujillo and Wai Ching, and if he can pull another sub 11 minute finish out of the bag, he might even grab himself a second ESBRU title. Will be very surprised if these three don’t make up the podium – in what order is anyone’s guess.

Sproule Love (USA)

One of the all-time great best American stair climbers, Love made his debut at the ESBRU all the way back in 1999. He’s been on the podium in New York a number of times over the years, most recently finishing third in 2018. His times at the ESBRU have varied quite a lot recently, ranging from a blistering 11.15 in 2016 to a 12.16 in 2019.

If he can bring back that sub 12-minute form tonight, we might see an American on the podium again. But keeping up with the three visiting international athletes will probably prove a task too far for The Ghost. Top five finish for Love tonight we reckon.

David Roeske (USA)

Roeske has made five ESBRU appearances, debuting in 2015. His time each year hovers around the 12 and a half minute mark. That was fast enough to earn him 5th spot at the race in 2018, and if he maintains that consistency tonight he could be in for another impressive top five finish.

Best of the rest

Josh Duncan – the 2018 USA Stair Climbing Champion is well familiar with the 1,576 steps of the Empire State Building. He ran 13.31 at the 2019 event, so hopefully we’ll see him going faster than that this year.

Mark Ewell – another successful American tower runner, with a good 13.26 PB at the ESBRU.

Mark Henderson – finished in an impressive 12.52 in 2019 in what looks to have been his ESBRU debut. Will surely be happy to chop a chunk off that tonight.

Jason Larson – a top athlete with tons of stair racing experience and wins around the States. Has dipped under the 13 minute mark a couple of times at the ESBRU and will be looking for more of the same tonight.

Unable to attend due to travel restrictions

Ryoji Watanabe (Japan)

Martin Pederson (Denmark)

Michal Kovac (Slovakia)

Fabio Ruga (Italy)

Omar Bekkali (Belgium)

The Empire State Building Run-Up is just a day away and the excitement is building for the biggest race in the tower running calendar.

The 43rd edition of the event is slightly diminished by the absence of Suzy Walsham who has decided not to defend her title, while Italy’s Valentina Belotti, who would have been the hot favourite, is unable to attend due to travel restrictions.

Nevertheless, there’s a strong contingent of athletes set to line up on Tuesday night to claim the coveted crown of ESBRU winner.

Read on to find out who’s who in the elite women’s division at the 2021 edition of the Empire State Building Run-Up.

Cindy Harris
Cindy Harris finishing the Empire State Building Run-Up 2019

Cindy Harris won her first ESBRU title back in 1998, and three more followed in 2000, 2001 and 2003. The fact that she’s still competing at the top of the sport of tower running says everything about what a formidable athlete she is. Incredibly, this will be her 23rd appearance at the ESBRU!

The 2020 US stairclimbing champion set her ESBRU personal best of 12:45 back in 2001. Don’t expect to see a sub 13 minute time at this year’s event, but if Harris can get in around the 13.38 she clocked to take third in 2019, then that will likely be good enough to earn her a fifth ESBRU title.

Shari Klarfeld (USA)

A road runner who competes at 5km and 10km, Shari Klarfeld is the least experienced tower runner on the list – but she’s also one of the most formidable. She typically does just one stair race a year – the Empire State Building Run-Up – and she does it well. Klarfeld was third at the ESBRU in 2015 and again in 2018, and took fourth in 2019.

She’s had some good results at local road races over the past year and a bit, so seems to be in decent shape. Her personal best time at the Empire State Building is 13.43. If she can run another sub 14-minute time then expect to see her back on the podium.

Meg Santanna (USA)
Meg Santanna (second from the right)

Santanna was third at the ESBRU in 2017 with a 13.51 finishing time. But her times at the following two events were considerably slower (14.50 and 14.22 respectively), so who knows which Santanna will show up. With tower runs only recently starting up again in the US, and Santanna absent from them, it’s impossible to say how she might fare on Tuesday night.

She has finished ahead of most of the other athletes on the start list at one race or another, so we expect to see her in the top five and possibly back on the podium.

Maria Elisa Lopez Pimentel (Mexico)

The only non-American athlete on the start list, Lopez Pimentel is a highly accomplished stair climber well used to competing at big races. She’s got lots of experience racing in the States, and has been on the podium at Scale the Strat in Las Vegas and the Dallas Vertical Mile. She made her ESBRU debut in 2018 and finished an impressive fourth with a time of 14.17. She ran even faster in 2019 (14.05) and that earned her fifth.

Will be no surprise to see her on the podium this time around and depending how quick the race is a win isn’t completely out of the question either.

Anna Carlson (USA)

Carlson debuted at the ESBRU in 2019 and took seventh in a time of 14.29. Just before the pandemic pulled the rug out from under the 2020 tower running season, she took second at the US stair climbing championship at Scale the Strat, Las Vegas. Only 13 seconds behind Cindy Harris that day, her time indicated she had made serious improvements and had a strong tower running season ahead of her.

She has spent 2021 competing in triathlons, with her last race just earlier this month, so she is in shape for sure. But can she translate triathlon fitness to the demands of the 86 stories of the Empire State Building? A very solid option if you’re picking your podium finishers.

Debbie Officer (USA)

Officer already has a tower run victory under her belt this year. She took a commanding win at the 1,197-step 555 California St. building in San Francisco back in September. That recent stair racing experience will certainly help on Tuesday night, but Officer will need a massive improvement on the 16.04 she clocked at the ESBRU in 2019 if she’s to be in among the top finishers.

Tricia O’Hara (USA)

A well-known stair climber in the USA (although she lives abroad), O’Hara has been racing the ESBRU for a number of years and clocked her personal best 15.36 at the event in 2019. A strong athlete, but unlikely to feature among the top finishers this time around.

Vertity Rees (USA)

Rees took second in an 861-step stair race in Tampa, Florida earlier this month, so is coming into the ESBRU in shape. She clocked a respectable 15.28 on her ESBRU debut in 2019. Imagine she’ll be looking to cut a chunk off that PB, but unlikely to see her competing for the podium.

Olga Starikova (USA)

Another familiar name to anyone who follows US stair climbing, Starikova has been on the circuit for a few years now, with some podium places to her name.

She finished the ESBRU in 2019 in 15.53. With the winner on Tuesday expected to clock sub 14-minutes, or close to it, we don’t anticipate seeing Starikova in the running for the top third of the leaderboard.

Unable to attend

Valentina Belotti (ITA) – unable to travel

Cristina Bonacina (ITA) – injured

Kamila Chomanicova (SVK) – unable to travel

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It’s been 18 years since an American athlete won the Empire State Building Run-Up, but could the drought be set to come to an end on Tuesday night?

You have to go all the way back to 2003, when Cindy Harris (then still Moll) avenged her 2002 loss to Germany’s Kerstin Harbich, to find the last American winner of the world’s longest-running stair race. But this year’s Empire State Building Run-Up looks like the best chance the USA have of producing another champion, at least in the women’s division.

The 43rd Empire State Building Run-Up is now just days away, and with 10-time champion Suzy Walsham – who was undefeated in New York since 2013 – back in Australia, the path is clear for a new champion to be crowned.

In Walsham’s absence, Italian mountain running legend Valentina Belotti was hotly tipped to win this year’s event, but travel restrictions on people entering the USA from Europe mean she’s unable to attend. Fellow in-form European Kamila Chomanicova of Slovakia also misses out.

That leaves just Mexico’s Maria Elisa Lopez Pimentel as the last hurdle for the American athletes that make up the rest of the elite women’s wave to cross in order to end the drought of a home-athlete victory.

Lopez Pimentel was fourth at the ESBRU in 2018 and fifth in 2019. At each of those races she finished behind Cindy Harris (yes she’s still competing at the top, 18 years after the last of her four wins) and Shari Klarfeld.

Harris and Klarfeld are both set to race on Tuesday, so Lopez Pimentel will likely have to put in a strong personal best performance to prevent the 2021 ESBRU title staying in the US.

With tower running having been practically shut down for well over a year due to the pandemic, it’s hard to know what sort of form the athletes are in. Lopez Pimentel is probably capable of pulling off a win, but going on past form at the Empire State Building, it’s looking like we’ll see an American on top of the podium come Tuesday evening.

Keep an eye out in the next couple of days for our rundown of the athletes set to race in the women’s (and men’s) elite division.

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Kamila Chomanicova won the third edition of Beh Na Vezu in Levoca, Slovakia with another dominant performance.

The impressive Slovakian completed the pre-run and race up the 216 steps of St James’ Basilica in 1:06.68, missing her own course record by just one second.

Chomanicova has won each edition of the Beh Na Vezu, which began in 2019, and set the course record of 1:05.68 last year.

This win follows her similarly impressive victory at the Pyramidenkogel two weeks ago, and second-place finish at KoelnTurm Treppenlauf in Cologne, Germany in August.

The most active athlete on the reemerging international tower running scene, Chomanicova is fast establishing herself as the rising star of European stair racing.

She is on the start list for the Empire State Building Run-Up in October. But travel restrictions mean it’s currently very difficult for European athletes to secure entry to the USA, so her participation in the world’s longest-running stair race remains uncertain.

Ondrej Tesar running at Krnovsky Run Up

Ondřej Tesař defended his Men’s Open title at the Krnovsky Run Up in the Czech Republic on Saturday.

The Mikolajice athlete took victory in the final run in a personal best time of 55.83.

It was the fifth edition of the 218-step stair race at Cvilinske schody in Krnov, Czech Republic.

The unique and exciting race format began with a qualifier to find the fastest 16 men and women. This was followed by quarters, semis and a grand final to determine the overall winners.

Tesař, who had finished third in 2018-19 before his win last year, was the pre-race favourite heading into Saturday’s event.

In contrast to his winning run to the title in 2020, Tesař took a slower route to the final this time around, never finishing faster than 1:10 in the qualifier, quarter-final or semi-final runs.

But he was evidently keeping his powder dry, as he exploded to victory in the final with his fastest time in four years.

He was followed by Jan Keclík in 59.74, while Petr Lisník improved on his fourth place finish last year, taking third in 1:01.


Pobutová takes the win in close women’s final

Eliška Pobutová claimed victory in an exciting Women’s Open final that saw just three seconds separate the four finalists.

She got out in front of her rivals and held the lead to cross the line in 1:29.64. Behind her, the remaining three finalists put on a brilliant show for second spot.

Eliška Fackenbergová (above in black) looked all set to take second place as the runners neared the finish, but faded in the final metres and was caught on the line by Monika Horáková (1:32.25) and Viktorie Olekšová (1:32.51). Fackenbergová finished fourth in 1:32.63.

Videos and images courtesy of Cvilínské schody. See full Krnovsky Run Up 2021 race results and more race day photos.

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Kamila Chomanicova won for the second year in a row at the Pyramidenkogel Tower Run in Austria on Saturday.

In a repeat of last year’s event, Slovakia’s Chomanicova managed to edge out two-time winner and course record holder Veronika Windisch to hold on for a well-earned victory.

Chomanicova reached the top of the tower in 2:38.61 with Austrian Windisch clocking 2:48.34.

Kenyan newcomer Veronicah Maina completed the podium with a decent 3:02.18 finish on her debut.

It was the fourth edition of the challenging event that sees runners set off up a 180m incline before entering the Pyramidenkogel Tower and scaling its 441 steps.

The Slovakian star edges ever closer to the 2:35.32 course record set by Veronika Windisch back in 2018. Chomanicova has been steadily lowering her times year-on-year at the Pyramidenkogel: 3:02 in 2018, 2:47 in 2019, 2:43 in 2020 and 2:38 in 2021.

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Enrique Santamaria Martinez and Alba Xandri will return to the 2,180-step Montserrat Funicular in Collbató, Spain on Saturday 5th June to defend the titles they won at the event in 2019.

Santamaria Martinez, who also finished third in 2018, will face off against the returning course record holder and 2018 winner Joan Freixa Marcelo.

Enrique Santamaria Martinez sets off on his winning run in 2019

Freixa Marcelo won the Firefighter division at the 2019 event, completing the course in full safety gear. But this year the multi-athlete from Cardona will be back in the Open category, seeking to reclaim his crown.

He is one of only two athletes to have run the course in under 12 minutes, with his record standing at 11:38.

Runners will set off up the stairway at 90 second intervals, starting at 9am.

David Soler Sucarrats, who finished just eight seconds behind Santamaria Martinez in 2019, is also set to compete at Saturday’s event.

So too is veteran tower and mountain runner Ignacio Cardona Torres. He took second in the Masters category at the Spanish Trail Running Championship in April, so expect to see him put in a solid performance.

Freixa Marcelo will be the last man to set off in the Open division. Santamaria Martinez will start just ahead of him, guaranteeing a fantastic finish to the third edition of this stunning outdoor stair race.

Joan Freixa Marcelo winning Vertical Montserrat 2018

The race up the service stairs alongside the Montserrat Funicular was postponed twice in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ongoing situation has reduced the field slightly, with fewer international runners in the line-up compared with 2019. French athlete Joris Jacquard is one of the familiar non-Spanish runners set to make an appearance.

In the women’s division, two-time winner Alba Xandri is back to try and make it three wins in a row.

Alba Xandri on her way to winning Vertical Monserrat in 2019

The impressive Spanish mountain runner and cyclist was a clear winner in 2019, finishing over 90 seconds ahead of Rosa Maria Nieto Zamora.

Her winning time of 14:17 is the course record.

Disappointingly, Zamora who was set to compete in 2020 is not on the list of runners set to take part in 2021.

Some familiar names to look out for are Cristina Bonacina (ITA), Laure Chardin (FRA) and Marta Cosp Morata (ESP), who won the Beetham Tower stair race in Manchester, England back in 2019.

Tower running world champion Suzy Walsham sat down for a chat with Coach Mike from Recovery Systems and it’s a great insight into the approach and attitude of the world’s number one stair runner.

In it Suzy discusses her earlier career in cross country and track and field, injuries and resilience, pacing for stair races, and how she makes use of cross training. There’s lots of good stuff in this chat, and it’s well worth a watch.

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This excellent documentary tells the story of Fred Lebow’s involvement in the New York Road Runners club and his work in establishing the New York City Marathon in 1970.

As President of the NYRR, Lebow also organised the first Empire State Building Run-Up in 1978. Faced with derision as the first race was branded a gimmick, he nevertheless persevered with the ESBRU.

He was determined to turn it into a firm fixture on the sporting calendar in New York. In 1979 he told reporters the race would soon become an event as accepted as the New York City Marathon and that a 10-minute climb up the Empire State would rival the legendary four‐minute mile as a goal for world‐class runners.

The sport of tower running owes Fred Lebow a lot.

The documentary is mostly about his life and work in promoting road running, but there is some archive footage from the Empire State Building Run-Up in there too, as well as interviews with former ESBRU and NYC Marathon champions Nina Kuscsik and Gary Muhrcke.

Spinnaker Tower, 530 steps, Portsmouth

2010 Mark Sims (GBR) 2:18**
2011 Mark Sims (GBR) 2:23** Sarah Wade (GBR) 4:52
2014 Mark Sims (GBR) 2:32 Karen Elphick (GBR)
2015 Matjaz Miklosa (SVN) 2:07* Jasmina Klancnik (SVN) 3:30
2016 Mark Sims (GBR) 2:29 Chiara Cristoni (ITA) 3:56 – results
2017 May – Mark Sims (GBR) Sarah Frost (GBR)
October – Mark Sims (GBR) 2:25 Sarah Frost (GBR) 3:01* – results

*course record
** 2010 and 2011 races were run on a shorter course of 506 steps

Find out all the winners from other events around the world in our historical tower running results database.

For over a decade the NSPCC Gherkin Challenge has been one of the most popular stair races in the UK. We take a look back at the first edition of the event in 2010.

Back then, the event (then known as NSPCC Step Change) was part of the newly established Vertical World Circuit (VWC) and attracted a spread of top international athletes.

In the women’s division, New Zealand mountain runner Anna Frost was there alongside Italy’s Daniela Vassalli and Cristina Bonacina.

The trio had been among a stellar field of tower runners that had battled it out in a double run in Milan two weeks before, in the first event of the VWC 2010.

Vassalli (winner of the inaugural Vertical World Circuit in 2009) had won that event in Milan, with Frost taking second.

In this new event in London, two runners were being set off at the same time every 30 seconds. Vassalli and Frost were paired together, so it was set to be a genuine side-by-side battle up the unique-looking tower’s 1,037 steps for top points

In the men’s event, Italians Marco De Gasperi and Fabio Ruga were the pre-race favourites and they too were paired together.

Ruga had already picked up points on the VWC, having finished second behind Thomas Dold in Milan a fortnight before. De Gasperi had yet to race in the series. It was guaranteed to be a close battle.

Other well-known tower runners in attendance included Spain’s Ignacio Cardona and Dario Fracassi from Italy.

Watch the video below (click here if embed not showing) to see Daniela Vassalli warming up (0:18), an interview with Anna Frost (0:30), De Gasperi and Ruga setting off (1:38), Vassalli and Frost starting (1:51), Fabio Ruga finishing (2:50), Vassalli finishing (2:58), Cristina Bonacina finishing (3:21) and Ignacio Cardona on the floor at the finish (4:06).

Fabio Ruga won that day, setting the fantastic course record of 4:07 that still stands. De Gasperi finished just four seconds behind his compatriot in 4:11. Ignacio Cardona was third in 4:18.

In the women’s race it was Daniela Vassalli who took top spot with a 5:42 finish. Anna Frost (who would go on to win Vertical Rush in London just over two weeks later) was just six seconds back in 5:48, while Rachael Orr (GBR) finished third in 6:13.

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Singapore has a long tower running history, with the first edition of the Swissotel Vertical Marathon taking place way back in 1987.

Over three decades later and a new group of tower running enthusiasts in Singapore are working to take the sport to new heights.

We caught up with the Towerrunning Association of Singapore to find out a bit more about who’s who in the organisation and what its goals are.

TRUK: Congratulations on getting officially registered earlier this year. Tell us about your plans for the Association and for the sport of tower running in Singapore?

TAS: Singapore is a recognised global hub for air travel, shipping, and finance and it’s our aim that one day it be considered an international hub of tower running. The Towerrunning Association of Singapore has managed to become a focal point of an already thriving underground tower running scene.

There are groups and individuals all over Singapore who are training in their local HDBs (Housing Development Board buildings) who often caught the tower running bug at one of the several high profile races which were (prior to COVID) taking place annually, such as the Swissotel Vertical Marathon, National Vertical Marathon and multiple other local community HDB and charity events.

Thomas Dold at the Swissotel Vertical Marathon 2009

There are many members of our association who have travelled internationally to races in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, USA, Malaysia and more, which makes us one of the most well travelled tower running associations in the world.

We plan to raise the profile of the sport in Singapore, develop a local stable of athletes and race against the best in the region (especially our close friends in the Malaysia Towerrunning Association who are developing their own group of strong athletes). Obviously, we’ll have to wait until the COVID situation improves so that races may open up again.

TRUK: What’s happening right now with TAS? From Instagram it looks like you guys are having regular meet ups and training sessions.

TAS: Since the virus has been brought under control in Singapore we are looking at relaunching our regular training sessions, and planning for future events. We host regular training sessions once a week on Saturdays, and have another training session during the week for the hardcore members who want to do more.

During this period we have to make sure to adhere to certain COVID restrictions still in place which mean we can train in one stairwell with a group of no more than five people, and keep proper social distancing measures.

Singapore is blessed with having ample training grounds for tower runners. To understand why, we have to go back a little in history. Prior to 1960, Singapore’s landscape was predominately low-rise, as local villages known as kampungs made up of wooden single houses known were the norm.

However, in 1961 after the largest fire in Singapore’s history gutted an entire kampung leaving 16,000 homeless, the Singapore government vowed to transform public housing with the establishment of the Housing Development Board, or HDB.

The end result is that Singapore went vertical, building thousands of high-rise concrete buildings in which 80% of Singaporeans live today. Many of these HDB buildings are 40 floors or higher with open stairwells, offering the ideal place to train. In fact Singapore has over 10,000 HDB blocks of over 10 storeys which people can use to stair train.

We’re lucky that we have access to multiple 40/50 storey HDB blocks (130m) and even a 69-floor private condo block to train (220m). We don’t think there are many training groups around the world who have such easy access to these high-rise buildings.

As we continue to train, we look to increase our membership and build more awareness toward our sport. We often see random people train on stairs when we train at different locations. Many are not aware of our Association, so we’d like to reach out and encourage them to join.

Singapore also has a large population of runners and sports enthusiasts of all kinds, and we hope to entice some to cross over to the world of tower running. Although tower running in general remains a niche sport, we hope to change that perception.

Back to our latest plans. We recently did a few time trial events that were successful and look to do more in the future. We also have the year end coming up and may do another Christmas climb which proved to be popular last year. We also have our AGM coming up in the spring next year.

TRUK: Tell us a bit about who’s who in the Towerrunning Association of Singapore

TAS: We have 13 founding Association members who come from all nationalities and backgrounds. Just to name a few, our President Eddie Tan is a seasoned veteran with 10+ years of tower running experience and many international races under his belt.

SC Tan, our Secretary, has been a dedicated stair climber for 10+ years as well. We have Michele Tan, one of the fastest female tower runners in Malaysia, Rich Sirrs, former UK number one who moved to Singapore a few years back, and Mateusz Dolata from Poland.

Charles Supapodok, an American, started stair climbing late in life but competes internationally and has posted some fast times recently. Mark Budweciz is an Aussie who has placed well in regional competitions so far. Kai Peng, our Association’s treasurer is the youngest in our group, but is a rising star.

Our remaining founding members came to know one another through regular tower running sessions. They too shared the same desire as the rest of us in promoting this sport further.

TRUK: How’s Singapore’s race calendar looking for 2021? Will you guys have events on over there?

TAS: So far it doesn’t look like there will be any events in 2021 until the COVID situation improves. Singapore moved into its Phase 2 reopening on June 19th, where it remains today. Phase 3 would increase the size for group activities from 5 to 8, but this does not seem enough to allow for races to resume. For the time being we don’t see any races happening in 2021, unfortunately. ■

You can keep up to date with the Towerrunning Association of Singapore on Instagram and Facebook.

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In the build up to his Guinness World Record run last month, Malaysia’s tower running superstar Soh Wai Ching took on a unique challenge at the offices of LILA in Kuala Lumpur.

The world number two took the stairs wearing a weighted vest, while the head of sales at LILA took the elevator to see if he could beat Wai Ching to the top of the company’s office building.

Watch the fun video below to see who came out on top. Or follow this link.

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