The Eclipse Returns and Hausleitner Takes Revenge in Vienna

Posted: June 1, 2015 in News
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Part two of our delayed results catch up, and it’s onto mainland Europe for the two races that happened on 22 May 2015.

The popular Steffi Turnlauf saw a small field of select athletes taking on the 343 stairs of St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. One of the most visited sites in the city, the Cathedral stands on ground that has been used for worship since the mid-1100s. The tightly wound spiral staircase can be walked by the general public, but the crew from Towerrunning Austria turn the stairway to heaven into a stairway to hell once a year as they push their bodies to the limit and sprint all out for victory. We’ve been up the Cathedral’s stone stairwell many years ago, and as we remember it is not the most conducive to smooth climbing. The runners would really be pushed hard to clock fast times.

There were several familiar names in attendance at the event, but the focus was on the ongoing battle between “The Mauerbach Tornado” Klaus Hausleitner and Norbert “Hannibal” Lechner. These guys have been going head-to-head at all of Austria’s stair races for a while now. There most recent encounter was in late April at the Haus des Meeres race where Lechner took victory by less than half a second.

This time around the results were reversed. Hausleitner took the overall win in a time of 1.21, with Lechner in second (1.25). It was a long time coming for The Mauerbach Tornado who had finished 2nd and 3rd in the last two years, and since the race he has stated publicly that his aim for next year is the course record. Brash talk, which we’re sure Hannibal will have something to say about in 2016.

The victorious Hausleitner (centre) and female podium finishers with Lechner (l) and third place Artner (r).

The victorious Hausleitner (centre) and female podium finishers with Lechner (l) and third place Artner (r). Also some priests and a man in a long skirt?? Welcome to Vienna, people!!

In the women’s section, Austrian athlete Sandrina “The Crushing Fist of Severity” Illes took the win in a very fast sub-2 minute time. Her closest rival was Slovenia’s Jasmina “The Expeditious One” Klancnik who was nine seconds behind in 2.07. Congratulations to everyone at Towerrunning Austria for another successful event. They do a fantastic job of promoting the sport.

Over the border in Germany, a name known to many emerged from his self-imposed exile to take part in a race in a town called, wait for it, Bad Wildbad. Tripadvisor suggests that it’s actually rather good and more quaint than wild, but I guess the name was established in the days of expanding empires and served a defensive purpose. It certainly didn’t keep “The Eclipse” Christian Riedl away. After the Eiffel Tower race in March, where he finished 4th, Riedl took a mini-break from tower running to focus on other commitments. He returned to glory in this outdoor race, which follows the staircase alongside the track of the sommerbergbahn; a mountain railway that runs from the town up to one of the surrounding peaks.

The sommerbergbahn in Bad Wildbad

The sommerbergbahn in Bad Wildbad

Riedl covered the 1,987 steps in a time of 8.07.

A smiling Riedl celebrates victory with the fastest woman on the day, Claudia Waidelich

A smiling Riedl celebrates victory with the fastest woman on the day, Claudia Waidelich

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