What’s happening with the Vertical World Circuit 2020?

Posted: May 12, 2020 in News
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VWC 2020

The first half of the 2020 tower running season has been completely halted by coronavirus restrictions and there hasn’t been a tower race anywhere since mid-March. Dozens of races, including big events such as the Empire State Building Run-Up and the TWA World Championship race at Taipei 101, have been postponed or cancelled outright. But what about the nine races that form the Vertical World Circuit?

Read on to find out about the postponements and new dates for the races in the Vertical World Circuit 2020.

Allianz Vertical Run – Allianz Tower, Milan, Italy

The race up the 1,027-step Allianz Tower was scheduled for 19 April, but even though the organisers waited until the end of March to officially announce its postponement, it was clear very early on in the ongoing coronavirus situation that this event wasn’t going to happen as planned.

Allianz Tower Run 2020

The organisers are hoping to reschedule within 2020 so it can still slot into this year’s Vertical World Circuit. There’s no fixed date yet, but July has been floated provisionally as the new month at least.

You can keep up to date with announcements on the Allianz Vertical Run Facebook page.

VertiGo – Tour First, Paris, France

Initially scheduled as the second race in the VWC 2020 to take place on May 14, VertiGO was rescheduled early on.

Competitors will now head to the tallest skyscraper in France to race up 954 steps on Thursday 24 September.

The event typically attracts top European tower runners, but with the new date so close to the rescheduled race at the Eiffel Tower (30 September) we may well see some international elites from further afield heading to France early to do the Parisian double.

Find out more details on the event at the VertiGO website.

Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb – One World Trade Center, New York, USA

One World Trade Center in New York City

The tallest tower on the VWC, One World Trade Center was set to host a race on 14 June. With New York hit particularly hard by COVID-19, it was inevitable that this race wouldn’t be happening on the set date.

It was duly postponed and the race organisers have now said they are aiming for a date at the end of July.

The T2T NYC Tower Climb site or the general Tunnel to Towers FB page will be your best bet for the latest updates for when a specific date is in the books.

The Broadgate Tower Run Up – London, UK

The most competitive race on the UK tower running calendar, the Broadgate Tower Run Up was set to take place on 5 July.

The organisers have now shifted the race to Sunday 27 September.

The event already attracts a strong field of UK and international competitors year-on-year. But with the rescheduled race now sandwiched between VertiGO and La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel, could we see more big names in the capital come September?

Obviously Paris-London-Paris for three races in a week isn’t ideal. But some top athletes will be traveling in from South America and Asia for La Verticale anyway, so an extra bit of travel might not put them off. Hopefully some new big names will head to Broadgate Tower to try and break the course records set in 2019 by Japan’s Ryoji Watanabe (3:41) and the UK’s Sarah Frost (4:40).

The remaining races

The five remaining races in the VWC originally scheduled for the second half of 2020 are all still hoping to go ahead as planned:

  1. Beijing Vertical Run, China World Summit Wing – Beijing, China (29 August)
  2. Race to Shanghai IFC, Two Shanghai International Finance Centre – Shanghai, China (18 October)
  3. Dubai Holding SkyRun, Jumeirah Emirates Tower – Dubai, UAE (6 November)
  4. Harukas Skyrun, Abeno Harukas – Osaka, Japan (15 November)
  5. Race to Hong Kong ICC, International Commerce Centre – Hong Kong (6 December)

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