Iran Hosts First International Stair Race

Posted: January 5, 2017 in Uncategorized
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Happy new year to all. We start 2017 with a short guest post from elite tower runner Rolf Majcen about his recent experiences racing in Iran. It’s great to see the sport spreading ever further across the world and new towers and locations being opened up for competition.

There was blue sky and white mountains overlooking Tehran on 16th December 2016, when the first edition of the International Stair Climbing Competition took place at the 1,693 step Milad Tower.

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The impressive Milad Tower in Tehran, Iran

Some 80km from the race venue, Mount Damavand, at 5,610 m the highest peak in Iran and the Middle East, was clear to see and showed its most beautiful side.

The air in Tehran was very clean after rain and some light snowfall the night before. Tehran itself is a big city at 1,200 meters above sea level. From the Milad Tower, the view over the city and to the mountains is spectacular. That’s no surprise, as the impressive Tower itself stands on a hill, putting it at an altitude of 1,547m above sealevel!

The race, in the world’s sixth tallest tower, was a great event and perfectly organized. The 301 meter vertical race route was perfectly marked, and all the participants were warmly welcomed by the race officials.

The VISA for entry to Iran was perfectly prepared by the race organisers and was very easy to pick up at Tehran airport. Staff drivers from the event picked up international athletes from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport (60km outside the city) and brought them to a guest house just a minute beside the 435 meter high Milad Tower. They did everything to keep them feeling happy, relaxed and safe.

Milad Tower Stair Climb

The race itself was won by the strong and experienced Iranian marathon runner Ahmad Asadi in 10:45. Second place was Iman Kooshki (10:57). The podium was completed by Austrian Rolf Majcen (11:31), who, in his 139th stair climbing competition, felt his performance hampered slightly by the lack of acclimatization to the high altitude, but was happy to secure his 64th top three result.

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The top three (back row l-r) Iman Kooshki, Ahmad Asadi, Rolf Majcen (Photo: Tehran Times/ Mohammad Mohsenifar)

The victory ceremony was an impressive one, as stair climbing competition in Milad Tower is of huge importance for Iranian Sport.

All international athletes are very warm heartedly welcomed to the next edition in 2017.

Tower Running UK looks forward to the 2017 edition of what sounds like a fantastic event. You can also check out these cool action photos from the event as featured in the Tehran Times.

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