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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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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

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Piotr ‘Showtime’ Lobodzinski stormed to victory at Taipei 101 on Saturday to secure his second consecutive tower running world title.

In a dominant performance, the 32-year-old Polish star won both races in the two-part championship format to finish well clear of second-placed rival Christian Riedl.

The championship event began with a ‘sprint’ up the first 35 floors of Taipei 101. Although Lobodzinski was a clear pre-race favourite, it was in this shorter race that he was expected to face his toughest test. But in the end it wasn’t nearly as close as some had anticipated.

Setting off first at just before 7.30am local time, Lobodzinski powered up 824 steps in just 3.39. He was followed into the stairwell by known speedster Frank Carreno, who some had anticipated winning the sprint event.

However, the Colombian athlete, who won the Empire State Building Run Up 2018 back in February, was some way off the blistering pace set by Showtime. Carreno finished in 3.50, with Germany’s Riedl third in 3.55.

Less than 90 minutes later the athletes were back at the start line ready for the second race of the day. This time they would be going up 2,046 stairs to the 91st floor of Taipei 101.

With Lobodzinski undefeated in 2018, and rarely beaten in longer races, he was largely expected to take the win in the longer race. Pre-race speculation had considered the chances of Mark Bourne, one of the only men to have beaten Lobodzinski in a tall tower in recent years, presenting a challenge, but it wasn’t to be.

Lobodzinski reached the 91st floor in 11.11, with Riedl just behind in second (11.15) and Japan’s Riyoji Watanabe in third (11.48). Carreno was fourth in 11.49 and Bourne fifth, just a few hundredths of a second behind the Colombian.

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The top six men at the tower running World Championship 2018: (l-r) Riyoji Watanabe, Christian Riedl, Piotr Lobodzinski, Frank Carreno, Mark Bourne, Gorge Heimann.

With maximum points from both races, Lobodzinski was crowned World Champion. A third-place and second-place finish across both races secured Christian Riedl second place overall, while Frank Carreno did enough in both races to take third place.

With his win in Taipei, Lobodzinski adds a second world title to the one he won in 2015 in Doha.

What next for the Polish superstar? The nine-event Vertical World Circuit (VWC) begins next week in Seoul at the Lotte Tower. Lobodzinski was beaten there last year by Mark Bourne, so will be expected to return to Korea to exact revenge and set himself up on the way to another VWC title. In this sort of form, who would bet against him?

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The Future is here, the future is now. We have written numerous times now about the talents of Troy “The Future” Alston. We have asked, “can he be beaten in Florida?” With four straight back-to-back wins in his home state, including two over the current highest ranked male stair climber in the USA, Thomas Scott, he answered that question unequivocally. Last weekend, in a move that should make stair climbers along the east coast sit up and take notice, The Future began his march out of Florida as he headed north into Georgia. It was a race in Atlanta that drew the aspiring Olympian out of home territory, with climbers gathering at One Ninety One Peachtree Tower to take on its 1,050 stairs for the ALA.

It was a two-horse race on the day with Alston winning in 6:45; pushed hard by “The Monk” Victor Serrano, who finished just five seconds behind. This is Alston’s fifth win of the season, which is a very impressive record. We look forward to seeing him heading further up the country, or out west, to take on some of the other top ranked climbers in the States.

Alston wasn’t the only one maintaining form last weekend. In Minneapolis, The Steel Oath added another win to his incredible 2015 record of podium places. He was taking part in the two-climb event at Capella Towers, where competitors covered a total of 95 floors and 2,280 stairs. With a total time of 13:22, Larson demonstrated his elite status by being the only athlete to go sub-14minutes. Taking silver on the day was “Chiseled” Christopher Pfarr in 15:22. Third place was taken by Larson’s “Broken Elevator” team mate, David “Relentless Fury” Hanley. His is a performance worthy of note. Hanley narrowly missed out on qualification for the World Championship final in Doha last month, while racing against the world’s elite. To bounce back right away and get a podium spot is what champions do. Awesome job by the Relentless one!!

The winning Broken Elevator team (from L-R: Jason Larson, Nam Truong, Brent Larson, David Hanley)

The winning Broken Elevator team (from L-R: Jason Larson, Nam Truong, Brent Larson, David Hanley)

The fastest lady up in Minneapolis was Kari “The Garden of Turbulence” Lundberg, who earned an overall top ten spot in the process! Boom!!

Arguably the biggest race of last weekend’s spread of North American events was the Power Hour challenge at the Climb for Wilderness event at Calgary Tower in Canada. This event attracted international athletes and some elite climbers from the USA also headed north to see how many climbs they could manage up and down the building’s 802 steps. The winner on the day was Germany’s Görge “der Stufe Zerstörer” Heimann who managed five climbs in 49:54. Also completing five climbs were Jonathan “Jonny the Jaw” Heinz (58:39) and “The Schenectady Express” Alex Workman (59:57). In the women’s section the win was taken by in-form athlete Veronica “The Claw” Stocker who managed four climbs in 55:12. Shannon “Red River” Magee came second, also with four climbs, in 58:26. Madeleine “Silken Vengeance” Fontillas Ronk maintained her excellent form in 2015 by taking third place.

The elite climbers who took on the Calgary Tower Power Hour (L-R Veronica Stocker, Görge Heimann, Napoleon Woo,  Zivadin Zivkovic, Alex Workman, Madeleine Fontillas Ronk)

The elite climbers who took on the Calgary Tower Power Hour (L-R Veronica Stocker, Görge Heimann, Napoleon Woo, Zivadin Zivkovic, Alex Workman, Madeleine Fontillas Ronk)

Well done to all who climbed last weekend, and best of luck to every one racing this coming weekend.

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