Michael Sturm towerrunning (2)

Michael Sturm put in a blistering run to secure victory at the final race of the German Towerrunning Cup in Hemer.

The Saalfelder LV athlete ran the 466-step course in 2:27, beating compatriot Görge Heimann by just two seconds. Course record holder and four-time winner Jeroen Vochteloo from the Netherlands took third spot in 2:34. Andreas Fruhmann (2:35) was fourth and Jens Brundieck was fifth (2:37).

Heading into the event, Sturm was sitting in fourth place in the Cup rankings with a tally of 304 points. Ahead of him were Christian Riedl (382), Andreas Fruhmann (322) and Lars Migge (321).

Hemeraner Treppenlauf

The outdoor staircase leading up to the Jübergturm

With Riedl absent from the final round, which offered 120 points for the winner, the Cup was up for grabs. Sturm had to win in order to be in with a chance of finishing top of the rankings, and hope that Fruhmann and Migge finished no higher than third place.

The official final standings are yet to be confirmed, but by our calculations Sturm has finished on top with 424 points and won the Towerrunning Germany Cup 2019 (TBC)

The unique Hemeran Treppenlauf starts on a straight outdoor staircase before runners head inside the Jübergturm observation tower to finish on the top platform.

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The Jübergturm observation tower in Hemer

Check out the full photo gallery of action from the Hemeraner Treppenlauf.

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Haus des Meeres Treppenlauf

Veronika Windish took victory at the Haus des Meeres Treppenlauf to make it four wins in a row at the Vienna aquarium.

The Austrian multi-athlete remains unbeaten at the 271-step building, where she set the course record in 2016.

Windisch has been in incredible form the last few months. On 31 August she won the UFO Vertical Sprint in Bratislava, then followed this up with a narrow win over world number one, Suzy Walsham, at the Pyramidenkogel on 13 September.

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Windisch on her way to a fourth straight win at the Haus des Meeres, Vienna

In the men’s division in Vienna, course record holder and 2018 winner Christof Grossegger returned to defend his crown.

Full results were unavailable at the time of writing. This article will be updated.

Sproule Love stair run

Sproule Love is arguably the greatest American stair climber ever.

Since his tower running debut at the Empire State Building Run-Up in 1999, he has gone on to win numerous races and set course records around the USA. He has routinely been the highest-placed American finisher at the ESBRU over the past 20 years, including finishing third in 2018 and sixth in 2019.

You can read about his early ESBRU exploits in 2001 and 2002 where he finished in third place both times.

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Sproule Love (in the red bandana) gets out in front at the start of the 2002 Empire State Building Run-Up

You could fill a book with the stories and exploits from Sproule Love’s fantastic 20-year stair climbing career.

The excellent video below, recorded in 2013, gives just a small insight into the mindset of this American champion. In it Love talks a little about his tower running journey and you get to see him training flat out at the 40-floor tower he lives in in New York.

Reminiscing about the good old days

Love recently caught up with his alma mater, Saint Louis Country Day School. The interesting interview with his former school’s magazine runs through his athletic journey, from becoming cross country team captain in his senior year at CDS – where he ‘discovered a talent for suffering’ – to making the US Olympic trials for biathlon in 1998, and on to his fantastic tower running career.

He also reveals his favourite stair race and says why he thinks it’s important to ‘slow down and turn your phone off every once in a while’.

Click the link below to read the full article:

Sproule Love sprints to the top

Whether you’re after training ideas from the best, or just looking to keep up with what’s happening in the global tower running community, these Instagram accounts will keep you motivated and in the know.

 

Suzy Walsham @suzywalsham

The Australian superstar posts regularly on the platform with pictures from her training sessions, race updates and more. Her account gives a great insight into the relentless amount of hard work the 10-time winner of the Empire State Building Run-Up puts in to stay on top.

Piotr Lobodzinski @towerrunner

If you’re going to follow any tower runner, it may as well be the best in the world, right? Unbeaten on the stairs so far in 2019, Lobodzinski isn’t the most consistent poster on Instagram. Still, it’s good to keep up with the global travels and triumphs of one of the best stair climbers of all time. It’s worth noting, though, that many of his captions are in his native Polish so you’ll have to translate those. Dzięki!

Soh Wai Ching @mastowerrunner

In terms of followers, Wai Ching is well out in front in the tower running world (over 5,600 at the time of writing). The current world number two is a prolific poster, providing a look into his training and travels as he continues toward his goal of becoming the top stair climber in the world.

Alexis Trujillo @alexistrujillo_atl

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La preparación técnica y táctica son de gran importancia para cualaquier deporte.🏃🙇🤓 – En el caso de las carreras verticales o towerrunning, es importante estudiar el edificio con anticipación para orientar el entrenamiento hacia la técnica de agarre más eficiente y que táctica se va a emplear para ser consistente en los ascensos.🌁🏃 – Realicé muy pocas sesiones de velocidad para la carrera de torre UFO, ya que mi entrenamiento estaba más dirigido a la torre Ostankino, pero logré un buen resultado gracias a que ejecuté una buena táctica y técnica generando tiempos parejos en los 3 ascensos.🏆 . . . . . #tbt #fitness #competition #tower #running #athlete #vertical #runner #ufo #bratislava #slovakia

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With his chiseled good looks and winning smile, the darling of Towerrunning Mexico is easy on the eye. He’s up to third in the world, as of the most recent TWA rankings, so his posts on training are well worth a read. His often lengthy captions are all en español, though, so you’ll need your Spanish dictionary (or Google translate) to hand.

Sarah Frost @sarahchaneyfrost

Frost is the standout star of UK tower running and her account is packed full of quality shots and videos from her intense training and racing schedule. She often breaks down her training sessions in the captions, which is super useful for anyone wondering how the hell to actually train for a stair race. Frost is also a keen rock climber, so as an added bonus you’ll occasionally get to see cool videos of her tackling some tough bouldering routes.

And one more…
Stair Life @stairlife

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Tristan Roth reclaims the Space Needle course record with a 4:17 finish at this year's Base 2 Space. Roth had previously held the record of 4:34 from 2016-17 until Sproule Love lowered the mark to 4:20 at the 2018 event. The win is Roth's second Base 2 Space win and fourth podium finish in the event's five-year history. Meanwhile, the men's podium is rounded out by Mark Henderson and Russell Webb, both of whom joined the Space Needle's sub-5:00 club with their 2019 performances after finishing neck-and-neck in the low- and mid-5:00's the prior three years. For the women, Jessica Pickett falls just shy of breaking 6:00 en route to her first Base 2 Space win, while Debbie Officer and Tricia O'Hara repeat as respective second- and third-place finishers despite each knocking time off their 2018 efforts. Full results: https://www.athlinks.com/event/181615/results/Event/882578/Results – – – – – #base2space #b2s #fredhutch #seattle #spaceneedle #towerrunning #towerracing #towerclimb #stairclimb #stairclimbing #stairlife

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Not a tower runner, but a great tower running account that gives results for all the races around the USA. The images give the top five in the men’s and women’s division, while the captions give more detail on the ins and outs of each race. For fans of the sport looking to stay on top of the goings on in the States this is a definite must follow.

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Tristan Roth powered to a new course record at the Base 2 Space event in Seattle yesterday, with a winning time of 4:17.

Roth took three seconds off the previous course record set by Sproule Love at the 2018 event, on his way to the top of the 832-step tower.

The new record time was 17 seconds faster than Roth’s previous best of 4:34, which won him the event in 2016.

It’s the fourth time the Seattle man has finished on the podium in the event’s five-year history.

Mark Henderson, 52, rolled back the years to secure second spot in 4:35, a massive 35-second improvement on his time from last year. Russell Webb also made a huge improvement on his previous best time to finish third in 4:49.

In the women’s division, Jessica Pickett finished in 6:00 to take her first win at the event. Debbie Officer (6:17) and Tricia O’Hara (6:24) took second and third place, respectively, for the second year in a row.

Intercontintent Tower Run winner 2019

Piotr Lobodzinski made it 11 wins from 11 starts in 2019 with victory at the InterContinental Tower Run in Warsaw, Poland.

Lobodzinski climbed the hotel’s 959 steps in 4:42 to maintain his unbeaten run, and make it three wins in a row at the venue in the Polish capital.

Mateusz Marunowski was second in 5:17, while Daniel Koszykowski took third in 5:32.

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Piotr Lobodzinski on his way to winning the InterContinental Tower Run, Warsaw

In the women’s division, Iwona Wicha took the win in 6:28, ahead of Agnieszka Kolano (6:50) and Ilona Gradus (7:03).

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La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel is one of the most prestigious stair running events in the world and in 2020 it returns for its sixth edition.

With just 130 entry spots up for grabs, with 40 of those set aside for elite athletes, competition just to take part is fierce. But the Eiffel Tower stair race is one of the best in the world and a joy to take part in. So if you’re free in March and want a challenge it’s well worth applying.

Read on to find out when the race is and how to enter.

When is the Eiffel Tower stair race 2020?

The sixth edition of La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel will take place on Wednesday 11th March 2020 at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

The event will start at approx. 8pm (local time) with amateur runners setting off first at around 8.15pm. The first athletes in the elite wave will likely set off around 9pm.

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How to enter La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel?

The pre-registration process is now open at verticaltoureiffel.fr where you should find answers to all your questions.

80 places are available for amateur athletes who will be selected via a lottery.

  • In order to be considered for the lottery you have to fulfill some pre-selection criteria, such as proof of participation in a stair race over 700 steps, or completion of a 10km road race in under 50 minutes, within the past two years.

40 places are set aside for elite athletes from stair racing, trail running and road racing, selected by a panel of judges.

  • When you pre-register you are asked to select elite or amateur entry. A panel of judges will select 40 elite runners from those who’ve applied. Those who aren’t selected will go into the lottery for amateur spots.

10 people will be selected by the event organisers as wildcards.

  • In order to be considered for one of these wildcard spots you’ll have to submit a letter explaining why you should get one. Historically they’re reserved for event partners, celebrities, disabled athletes or people who’ve overcome the odds to make it to the event. Even if you don’t think your ‘story’ is compelling enough, it’s still worth submitting a letter anyway, in case you don’t get picked in the lottery. You never know.

It costs €10 to register and if you’re selected you’ll then have to pay an additional €50 to secure your place. You’ll also need to make sure you provide a signed medical certificate to clear you to participate.

The registration portal will close on Friday 6th December.

The elite selection will be completed on 17th December and the draw for the amateur places will happen on 19th December.

What is the Eiffel Tower stair race?
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Five-time winner Piotr Lobodzinski

The Eiffel Tower is the historical home of tower running. The first recorded tower race in the world took place there in 1905 and a second event was held in 1906.

Decades later, in 1995, another stair race was held. This time a select group of world-class French athletes from various disciplines battled it out for top spot.

After a 20 year hiatus, stair climbing returned to the tower again in 2015, when the first edition of La Verticale took place.

The modern race involves a climb up 1,665 steps to the third platform of the Eiffel Tower; considerably more than the very earliest editions that covered around 730 steps to just the second platform.

The race has had only two winners. Suzy Walsham (AUS) and Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) have both won the event five times in a row. They’ll aim to be back in March to see if they can make it six on the trot.

Looking for a race in the UK? Check out our UK tower race calendar 2019/2020 to find out what events are on near you.