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Suzy Walsham and Piotr Lobodzinski retained their Vertical World Circuit (VWC) titles yesterday at the grand finale in Osaka, Japan.

It was the eighth straight title for Australia’s Walsham, who first won the series back in 2012, and a sixth title for Piotr Lobodzinski.

The ten-event series has seen close races around the world throughout 2019. Starting in Seoul back in April, runners have since done battle in Milan, Ho Chi Minh City, Paris, New York, London, Beijing, Shanghai and Dubai before the final race on Sunday (Nov. 10) in Osaka.

The 1,610-step Abeno Harukas was the venue for the final event.

Heading into the race, Lobodzinski needed to place at least second to be certain of retaining his title. With a resurgent Mark Bourne (AUS) in the mix, and Ryoji Watanabe (JPN) seeking his first VWC title it was not an easy situation for the Polish world champion.

But in the end he did enough. Mark Bourne took the win with a new course record of 8:29 and Lobodzinski followed in 8:43. His second-place finish enough to earn him the overall Vertical World Circuit 2019 crown.

Harukas Skyrun men’s results:

  1. Mark Bourne (AUS) – 8:29
  2. Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) – 8:43
  3. Ryoji Watanabe (JPN) – 9:02
  4. Kato Satoshi (JPN) – 9:19
  5. Liang Liang He (CHN) – 9:41

‘Of course, I wanted to win today, but my shape is not as good as in spring. Mark was better and I had no chance to win the race but the points I collected in the first part of the season were enough to secure my sixth title in a row so I’m very happy and glad to be on top for so long,’ Lobodzinski told reporters after the race.

Eight straight for Walsham

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And then there were 8! 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 When I was first crowned Vertical World Circuit champion at the end of the 2012 season, it was my first full successful year after pregnancy and I was excited to see where this newish sport would take me. While I try not to put limits on myself, I still never really expected to still be competing and doing well 8 years later! Despite my advancing years and the body not quite holding up like it used to, I still aim for improvement and I’m still as motivated and determined as ever in my training and racing. It’s not possible to have this kind of success year in, year out without an amazing team behind me. So a big thank you to: – @david_freer for your love, support, guidance, encouragement and for holding the fort at home when I am frequently away racing. – my family, friends and fellow athletes from all over the world who also encourage, support and motivate me. – the companies who help me be the best athlete I can be: @nike @drgarytho @alpnutrition_official @simplyactiveasia – the @verticalworldcircuit for organising the Circuit and supporting the athletes. A special shout out to @sportingrepublic and @dshinhk for managing/directing so many of the races. I’m already excited for 2020! #worldchampion #8times #verticalworldcircuit #vwc19 #nolimits #consistency #motivation #determination #beyourbest #neverstoptrying #nevergiveup #goals #dreams #fitnessmotivation #towerrunning #verticalrunning #justdoit #seeyouinthestairs #theonlywayisup

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In the final of the women’s event, Suzy Walsham only needed to finish in fifth place to be sure of winning an incredible eighth VWC title.

Giving her the title, then, was in part mere formality, as you probably have to go back to 2011 to find the last time the Australian star didn’t finish on the podium at a tower run.

But the race still had to be run and Walsham put in a blistering performance to take the win and finish in 10:18, just four seconds off the course record set by Japan’s Yuri Yoshizumi in 2017.

Harukas Skyrun women’s results:

  1. Suzy Walsham (AUS) – 10:18:
  2. Laura Manninen (FIN) – 11:07
  3. Yuko Tateishi (JPN) – 11:30
  4. Kumi Kinoshita (JPN) – 11:59
  5. Mie Takahashi (JPN) – 12:02

‘I’m thrilled to win here in Osaka at the 2019 Vertical World Circuit final and achieve my eighth straight world title,’ said Walsham. ‘I had a strong run, although I was a little disappointed to just miss the record, but it’s hard to be at your absolute peak for every race. It’s been a great year of racing and I’m already looking forward to VWC 2020!’

2019 Vertical World Circuit final standings:
Men

  1. Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) – 567 points
  2. Mark Bourne (AUS) – 561 points
  3. Ryoji Watanabe (JPN) – 539.5 points
  4. Emanuele Manzi (ITA) – 454 points
  5. Omar Bekkali (BEL) – 420 points

Women

  1. Suzy Walsham (AUS) – 600 points
  2. Laura Manninen (FIN) – 533 points
  3. Yuko Tateishi (JPN) – 461.5 points
  4. Sarah Frost (GBR) – 449.5 points
  5. Cristina Bonacina (ITA) – 359 points

 

Towerrunning Mexico athletes

Alexis Trujillo took first place at the SkyRise Chicago event at Willis Tower on Sunday (Nov. 3) in a time of 13:26.

In doing so, the Mexican star broke the win streak of Colombia’s Frank Carreno who had remained unbeaten at the event since 2016.

Trujillo took an impressive 21-seconds off the time that earned him third place in 2018.

Germany’s Görge Heimann was the second fastest to reach the top of the 103-floor building, in 13:38, while course record holder Carreno (12:58, 2017) finished third in 14:19.

Since 2017 the race has started two floors below ground level, meaning racers step up 105 floors and around 2,150 steps to the finish line.

SkyRise Chicago winner 2019

Alexi Trujillos, SkyRise Chicago winner 2019, with Gorge Heimann (l) and Frank Carreno

It’s the second massive win in the USA for Trujillo this year, after he took victory at Scale the Strat in Las Vegas back in February.

It’s also welcome revenge over Carreno who has pipped Trujillo to first place at a couple of events in Mexico this year, including the Carrera Vertical Torre Latino back in March.

Since then, Trujillo has bagged some solid wins in his native country, with victories at Pabellon M Monterrey and Carrera Vertical UVM Campus Chapultepec in July, and Carrera Towerrunning Tlaxcala in August.

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La magia de la vista Skydeck – Willis Tower 2019🙌🏢😎 – Contento por tener otra oportunidad de correr en la escaleras de esta torre y presenciar la hermosa vista de Chicago.😍👁️🌁 – Esta torre de 105 pisos se construyó en 1973 y llegó a ser una de las más altas del mundo durante 20 años, así que correr aquí bastante imponente 😎🏃 – / / The magic of the Skydeck view – Willis Tower 2019🙌🏢😎 – Im very happy to have another chance yo run in the stairs of this tower and witness the beautiful view of Chicago. 😍 ️🌁 – This 105-story tower was built in 1973 and became one of the tallest in the world for 20 years, so running here is quite imposing 😎🏃 . . . . . #athlete #run #stairs #tower #running #sky #deck #view #chicago #sunday #funday #competition

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He has also secured excellent podium spots at European venues. He finished third at the Ostankino Tower run in Moscow, Russia on 24 August (image below) and was then second at the UFO Vertical Sprint in Bratislava, Slovakia, a week later.

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"Work hard until your idols become your rivals"🙌 – Today I had a very good perforrmance in the Ostankino Towerrunning Competition, one of the thoughest Competitions of the World circuit (or maybe the thoughest), a competition with only 334 m of height but with a high step height and inclination. 🤪🧗 – Im very glad to share the podium with the first (@towerrunner ), second (@mastowerrunner ) and fifth (@goergeheimann ) place of the Towerrunning World circuit.🏆🗺️ – Something that I appreciate too much is that the World Champion, Piotr, congratulate me for my achievement, that talks very well of him as an athlete and it means for me that we(my multidsciplinary team and me) are doing a big job. 💪🇲🇽 – – "Trabaja duro hasta que tus ídolos se conviertan en tus rivales"🙌 – Hoy tuve un muy buen desempeño en la competencia Ostankino Towerrunning, una de las competencias más duras del circuito mundial (o quizás la más dura), una competencia con sólo 334 m de altura, pero con una gran altura e inclinación.🤪🧗 – Estoy muy contento de compartir el podio con el primero, el segundo y quinto lugar del circuito Towerrunning World.🗺️🏆 – Algo que aprecio mucho es que el Campeón del Mundo, Piotr, me felicitó por mi logro, eso habla muy bien de él como atleta y significa para mí que nosotros (mi equipo multidisciplinario y yo) estamos haciendo un gran trabajo 💪🇲🇽 Muchas gracias a@vitalmex por hacer esto posible y al apoyo de mi equipo multidisciplinario @towerrunningmx @nutricionav @snaptorrelatino @uvmcampuschapultepec @elbardzn . . . . . #athlete #competition #towerrunning #running #fitness #fit

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The Willis (formerly Sears) Tower has long attracted some of the biggest names in American tower running, and this year was no different.

Alongside the international contingent of Trujillo, Heimann and Carreno were top Americans Alex Workman, Mark Ewell, Jason Larson, John Osborn and Mark Henderson.

Three-time winner Jesse Berg (2006, 2010, 2012) also made a welcome return to the Chicago tower, taking fourth place in 14:50. Alex Workman was fifth in 15:09.

SkyRise Chicago 2019 results

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Piotr Lobodzinski and Mark Bourne renew their rivalry this coming Sunday (20 October) in the eighth round of the Vertical World Circuit series in Shanghai, China.

The pair have faced off three times in the Vertical World Circuit this year, with Lobodzinski coming out on top on each occasion.

At the 2,917-step Lotte World Tower International Sky Run in Seoul, back at the start of April, Lobodzinski set a new course record of 15:37 – a huge 16 second improvement on his previous fastest time. Bourne himself ran a magnificent race to finish just two seconds behind in 15:39.

A week later the pair went head-to-head again in Milan, at the 1,027-step Allianz Tower.

At the finish, less than a second separated them. But once again it was Lobodzinski who came out on top, setting a new course record of 5:16 in the process.

Two weeks later the Australian had another chance to attempt to beat his Polish rival. The action returned to Asia for the inaugural Vinpearl Luxury Landmark 81 – Race to the Summit in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 2,383 steps stood between the bottom and the top of the world’s 14th tallest tower.

Once again Lobodzinski took the win. His finishing time of 11:35 was a massive 50 seconds faster than Bourne’s.

VWC 2018 winner Lobodzinski

Piotr Lobodzinski won the Vertical World Circuit title in 2018

Now the action heads to Shanghai, where the pair have been swapping wins over the past few seasons.

Bourne vs Lobodzinski: Race to Shanghai IFC

2014
Winner: Mark Bourne (7:55)
Runner-up: Piotr Lobodzinski (8:10)

2015
Winner: Piotr Lobodzinski (7:54)
Runner-up: Mark Bourne (8:22)

2016
Winner: Mark Bourne (7:42 – course record)
Runner-up: Piotr Lobodzinski (7:47)

2017
Winner: Mark Bourne (7:44)
Runner-up: Piotr Lobodzinski (7:53)

2018
Winner: Piotr Lobodzinski (7:43)
Runner-up: Mark Bourne (7:59)

Heading into Sunday’s clash, Lobodzinski is confident he can maintain his unbeaten run in 2019.

‘After my win last year here, I know I can break the course record now,’ said the world number one. ‘We will see, but it should be a fast and interesting battle like always. I can’t wait!’

After recently competing at the OCR World Championships – where his Team OCRA finished 5th – Lobodzinski is refocusing on the stairs.

Although Mark Bourne has been out of the stairwells since the Taipei 101 Run-Up in May (where he also finished as runner-up to Lobodzinski), he has competed in mountain running events since then. What sort of form he’ll be in on Sunday remains to be seen.

Check back on Sunday/Monday, as we’ll have all the news from the race as results come in.

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.

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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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Penang Top Komtar Towerrun 2019

Soh Wai Ching clocked 7:39 to take the win at the Penang Top International Tower Run on Sunday.

The world number two was the only athlete to go under eight minutes, taking victory ahead of Kenya’s Lel Kipchirchir who climbed the Komtar Tower’s 1,377 stairs in 8:17.

Mohd Saddam bin Mohd Pittli, winner of the R U Tough Enough? Southeast Asia competition in 2018, was third in 8:32.

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Great Day this morning at Penang Komtar Tower. Strong field on the first @mastowerrunning (Malaysia Towerrunning Association) sanctioned event. We have participants from 🇭🇰🇸🇬🇰🇪 and others who took part in the Tower Run. Overall the event was good but definitely more rooms to improve it. Glad to have a 3 days 2 nights short trip with family to Penang Island. Happy to have 4/8 committee from Malaysia Towerrunning Association to be here today taking part in the race. Well done to my training partner who did well in the race! Congratulations on everyone who completed the race, come back stronger in the next tower run! Keep going and see you all again! Next Sanctioned event will be at Yayasan TM Tower Run on 10th Nov 2019. #TheTopInternationalTowerRun #PenangKomtar #TowerRun #MalaysiaTowerrunningAssociation #MasTowerRunner

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The win caps a great few weeks for Wai Ching. Last month the Malaysian runner secured second place at the fiercely contested 200-point Ostankino Tower Run in Moscow.

In the women’s division on Sunday it was Michele Tan who came out on top. Tan finished in 10:58, a long way ahead of Stephanie Chong (12:15) in second place.