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Adrian Bednarski finished less than half a second faster than Rafal Hazan at Red Tower in Lodz to level the score in the three-race Globitel Tower Run series.

Bednarski scaled the building’s 408 steps in 1:15.96 while Hazan clocked 1:16.26.

The race was the second of the three-race series in Lodz, Poland, with the first event having taken place back in June at the 320-step Orion Business Tower.

Rafal Hazan took the win there, with Bednarski finishing just a second slower.

The series is now primed for an exciting finish on 20 November when it concludes in a final 421-step sprint at a yet to be disclosed tower in Lodz.

Globitel Tower Run pt.2 results

Globitel Tower Run gallery

Rafal Hazan won the 14-floor sprint race at the Orion Business Tower in Lodz, Poland on Sunday.

Hazan narrowly edged out sprint rival Adrian Bednarski, racing up 320 steps in 56 seconds, to finish one second ahead of his fellow Pole.

Tomasz Jozefiak took third in 58 seconds, with Pawel Ruszala (1:00) and Mateusz Marunowski (1:01) rounding out the top five men.

It’s Hazan’s second sprint win this year after he blitzed to victory at the LOROS Tower Run in Leicester, UK back in March.

Rafal Hazan being congratulated by Piotr Lobodzinski (photo: Jack Placek)

Hazan and Bednarski have established themselves as sprint specialists on the European tower running scene. In recent years they’ve swapped wins at the nine-floor Bieg Zdobycia PAST-y (The Conquest Run at the PAST building) in Warsaw. Bednarski has also secured multiple win at short course events in Germany, including three wins at the 180-step Senftenberger See Turmlauf.

Sunday’s close battle between the pair sets the scene nicely for the remaining two races that complete the three-race Globitel Tower Run series in Lodz.

In September runners will compete over a 264-step course, and then up 421 steps in November.

PAST building warsaw

The Polish tower running season gets back underway tomorrow (Saturday 22 August) with a highly-anticipated sprint clash at the PAST building in Warsaw involving some of the country’s best stair runners.

It’s the seventh edition of ‘The Conquest Run’, which is held as part of commemoration events to remember the heroes of the Polish resistance that took part in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.

At just nine floors, the race is one of the shortest tower runs in the world. The course record is a mere 34 seconds.

The event begins with a qualifying round, after which the top 10 fastest men and women compete in a final round to determine the winner.

Two-time winner (2017-18) and course record holder Adrian Bednarski will be racing. He’s never finished lower than second place in the four times he’s competed at PAST, so will be among the key men to watch on Saturday.

Adrian Bednarski towerrunning

Adrian Bednarski celebrates his win at the Reichenbacher Treppenlauf in 2019

Bednarski is a sprint specialist with multiple short-course wins under his belt. These include three wins at the 180-step Senftenberger See Turmlauf, plus victory in 2019 at the 190-step Reichenbacher Treppenlauf, both in Germany.

Expect to see Bednarksi back on the podium again.

Among those looking to defeat Bednarski will be one of the emerging stars of Polish tower running, Kacper Mrowiec, who will be making his debut at the race.

Mrowiec took an impressive second at the 351-step LOROS Tower Run in Leicester back in March, so it will be interesting to see if he’s been able to maintain tower running form and fitness during the lockdown despite limited access to stairs.

‘It’s the shortest tower run race I will have ever run’, said Mrowiec. ‘I feel my preparation is really good, but because of the short distance, just 9 floors, it’s not sure that the winner will be a tower runner.’

‘The winner could be a sprinter from track like Daniel Żochowski, who last time ran 15:03 for 5km and will take part in this competition. In a longer race – e.g 20 or 30 floors – probably I and Mateusz Marunowski should fight for the win, but the short distance makes the situation less obvious.’

‘Last time I competed with Matuesz on Oliva Star in Gdańsk when he won by just 0.15s on 34 floors! Before it, at Rondo 1, he beat me with an advantage of only 0.72s. I hope that tomorrow will be my first victory against him.’

‘After this race I will start preparing for autumn starts – stairs and track. I hope so that Bieg Zdobycia Past-y wont be my only tower run race – I have plans to race at Pyramidekogel [in Austria] and in Cologne.’

Another debutant hoping to be in among the podium finishers is Mateusz Marunowski.

The firefighter from Jaworzno should be a familiar name to tower running fans. He has achieved multiple wins and podium placings over the last few years, including back-to-back wins at the competitive SkyRun Munster in Germany (2017-2018), as well as taking second behind Piotr Lobodzinski at the Intercontinental Tower Run in Warsaw last September.

Mateusz-Marunowski

Mateusz Marunowski

Marunowski’s pedigree over slightly longer courses is well established, but how he will fare in a flat out sprint is yet to be seen.

Another name you can expect to see in the mix on Saturday is Daniel Koszykowski.

Seventh in the Polish championships last year and third behind Lobodzinski and Marunowski at the Intercontinental Tower Run, Koszykowski is an emerging talent.

The super-short race distance levels things out massively, so expect Koszykowski to launch a more formidable challenge than he might over a longer race.

He gave an interview back in March to Telewizja Echo24 (in Polish), which you can watch below. A written interview in English is available here.

2019 champion Rafal Hazan is not expected to be in attendance (although may be a late entry).

It’s an exciting line up and guranteed to be the most competitive race since tower running started back up again earlier this month.

You can follow the results of Bieg Zdobycia PAST-y as they come in via this link.

Bieg Zdobycia PAST-y winners (men)

2014  Hubert Kulik 34:83

2015 Rafał Krzeszewski 36:47

2016  Rafał Krzeszewski 38:00

2017 Adrian Bednarski 37:78

2018 Adrian Bednarski 34:65 (course record)

2019 Rafał  Hazan 36:24