The Future is Here, The Steel Oath Speaks and Gorgeous Görge Wins in Calgary

Posted: April 24, 2015 in News
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The Future is here, the future is now. We have written numerous times now about the talents of Troy “The Future” Alston. We have asked, “can he be beaten in Florida?” With four straight back-to-back wins in his home state, including two over the current highest ranked male stair climber in the USA, Thomas Scott, he answered that question unequivocally. Last weekend, in a move that should make stair climbers along the east coast sit up and take notice, The Future began his march out of Florida as he headed north into Georgia. It was a race in Atlanta that drew the aspiring Olympian out of home territory, with climbers gathering at One Ninety One Peachtree Tower to take on its 1,050 stairs for the ALA.

It was a two-horse race on the day with Alston winning in 6:45; pushed hard by “The Monk” Victor Serrano, who finished just five seconds behind. This is Alston’s fifth win of the season, which is a very impressive record. We look forward to seeing him heading further up the country, or out west, to take on some of the other top ranked climbers in the States.

Alston wasn’t the only one maintaining form last weekend. In Minneapolis, The Steel Oath added another win to his incredible 2015 record of podium places. He was taking part in the two-climb event at Capella Towers, where competitors covered a total of 95 floors and 2,280 stairs. With a total time of 13:22, Larson demonstrated his elite status by being the only athlete to go sub-14minutes. Taking silver on the day was “Chiseled” Christopher Pfarr in 15:22. Third place was taken by Larson’s “Broken Elevator” team mate, David “Relentless Fury” Hanley. His is a performance worthy of note. Hanley narrowly missed out on qualification for the World Championship final in Doha last month, while racing against the world’s elite. To bounce back right away and get a podium spot is what champions do. Awesome job by the Relentless one!!

The winning Broken Elevator team (from L-R: Jason Larson, Nam Truong, Brent Larson, David Hanley)

The winning Broken Elevator team (from L-R: Jason Larson, Nam Truong, Brent Larson, David Hanley)

The fastest lady up in Minneapolis was Kari “The Garden of Turbulence” Lundberg, who earned an overall top ten spot in the process! Boom!!

Arguably the biggest race of last weekend’s spread of North American events was the Power Hour challenge at the Climb for Wilderness event at Calgary Tower in Canada. This event attracted international athletes and some elite climbers from the USA also headed north to see how many climbs they could manage up and down the building’s 802 steps. The winner on the day was Germany’s Görge “der Stufe Zerstörer” Heimann who managed five climbs in 49:54. Also completing five climbs were Jonathan “Jonny the Jaw” Heinz (58:39) and “The Schenectady Express” Alex Workman (59:57). In the women’s section the win was taken by in-form athlete Veronica “The Claw” Stocker who managed four climbs in 55:12. Shannon “Red River” Magee came second, also with four climbs, in 58:26. Madeleine “Silken Vengeance” Fontillas Ronk maintained her excellent form in 2015 by taking third place.

The elite climbers who took on the Calgary Tower Power Hour (L-R Veronica Stocker, Görge Heimann, Napoleon Woo,  Zivadin Zivkovic, Alex Workman, Madeleine Fontillas Ronk)

The elite climbers who took on the Calgary Tower Power Hour (L-R Veronica Stocker, Görge Heimann, Napoleon Woo, Zivadin Zivkovic, Alex Workman, Madeleine Fontillas Ronk)

Well done to all who climbed last weekend, and best of luck to every one racing this coming weekend.

Interested in taking part in a tower running event? Check out our partners Total Motion Events or our race calendar to find out what events are happening near you.

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