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The Empire State Building Run-Up is just a few days away. Here’s a rundown of the men on the start list for the 44th edition of the event.

Wai Ching Soh (Malaysia)
Soh Wai Ching wins the Empire State Building Run Up 2021

The reigning champ is back to defend the title he won last year with a 10:46 finish. He’s spent the last week warming up with wins at the US Bank Tower in LA and the Space Needle in Seattle, while the earlier part of the year has also been full of victories and new course records at events in Europe, Asia and the USA. Far and away the most active tower runner in this line up, so anything other than a faster win than last year will be a big upset.

Ryoji Watanabe (Japan)
Ryoji Watanabe at Tokyo Tower race 2018

Third in the Vertical World Circuit in 2019, Watanabe is making his debut at the ESBRU. Throughout the VWC he showed himself capable of getting reasonably close to two former ESBRU champions Piotr Lobodzinski and Mark Bourne, so should give a good account of himself.

The last time Soh and Watanabe squared off in the same event was at the 3,398-step Shanghai Tower International Vertical Marathon in November 2019. The Malaysian finished 28 seconds – and one position – ahead of Watanabe in that event to take fifth. Both men have made significant improvements since then, with Watanabe chalking up numerous wins in Japan this year. This really is the clash of the night. Watanabe is well fired up, telling Soh in an Instagram exchange earlier in the week, ‘I’ve been waiting for the day to fight you again!’. Here’s hoping for a close race.

Fabio Ruga (Italy)

The Italian won the European Tower Running Championship in Poland earlier this year and will be making his fourth ESBRU appearance (if he makes it to the start line – TBC). Ruga’s best time at the Empire State Building is the 11:18 that earned him third in 2019, when he was just four seconds behind Wai Ching Soh. He’ll almost certainly need a sub 11-minute finish to win. Although constantly racing in the mountains, Ruga hasn’t had many outings in 1,000+ step buildings lately and that stairwell rust is probably going to have an impact. Hope to see him back on the podium but top spot might be a stretch.

Sproule Love (USA)

One of the all-time great American stair climbers, Love made his debut at the ESBRU all the way back in 1999. He’s been on the podium in New York a number of times over the years, most recently finishing third in 2018. His times at the ESBRU have varied quite a lot recently, ranging from a blistering 11.15 in 2016 to a 12.35 last year that was good enough to earn him fourth.

If he can bring back that sub 12-minute form this year, we might see an American on the podium again. But keeping up with the top visiting international athletes all the way to the 86th floor will be a tall order for The Ghost. Chance of a top five finish again for Love this year we reckon, but he’ll have to be on top of his game to ensure he holds off enough of the European challengers.

Görge Heimann (Germany)

Heimann made his one and only ESBRU appearance back in 2016, where he clocked a very respectable 12:20 to finish sixth. He won the German Tower Running Cup this year so is evidently in good shape. Imagine he’ll be hoping to finish around the lower 12-minute mark again this time and fingers crossed he manages it and it’s enough for another top-six finish.

Omar Bekkali (Belgium)

The Belgian policeman has raced three times at the ESBRU and has a PB of 11:53, which earned him second place in 2018 behind Frank Nicolas Carreno. He was a bit slower in 2019 (fifth in 12:12) and then couldn’t make the 2020 race. Highly active in years gone by, but has been largely absent from the scene this year. Not had his attendance confirmed, but if he does race it will be a case of wait and see what sort of shape he’s in once the race is over. Would be good to see some Euro athletes in the top five, so we’ll have fingers crossed Bekkali comes in fit.

David Roeske (USA)

Roeske has made six ESBRU appearances, debuting in 2015. His time each year has hovered around the 12 and a half minute mark, although last year he clocked a slightly slower 12:44 to take fifth. If everyone on the start list turns up, that sort of time probably won’t be fast enough to earn fifth again.

Best of the rest

Troy Alston – a spread of wins in the US saw Alston surge to third in the world rankings earlier this year. Highly accomplished at sprint and long-distance climbs, he’ll be looking to make an impact on his ESBRU debut.

Josh Duncan – the 2018 USA Stair Climbing Champion is well familiar with the 1,576 steps of the Empire State Building. He ran 13.31 at the 2019 event but an understandably slower 14:21 last year.

Mark Ewell – another successful American tower runner, with a good 13.26 PB at the ESBRU.

Mark Henderson – finished in an impressive 12.52 in 2019 and will surely be happy to chop any time off that this year.

Cole Hetzel – he’ll be the youngest man in the lobby of the Empire State Building but definitely one to watch. He debuted at the ESBRU last year after bagging a lottery entry and finished in 14:37. He subsequently went on to win Bop to Top in Indianapolis in January and then came second (third overall, with Wai Ching Soh winning the race) at the USA Stairclimbing Champs at Scale the Strat, Las Vegas a few weeks later. He’ll be looking to clock something much faster than last year’s time.

Josh Jackett – making his long overdue ESBRU debut this year, Jackett is the man behind the excellent Stair Life, the leading website for all things stair climbing related in the USA. A handy tower runner himself, he’s had a win and podium finish this year. No idea how he’ll fair in NYC, but hoping he has a great race.

Jason Larson – a strong athlete with tons of stair racing experience and wins around the States. Has dipped under the 13 minute mark a couple of times at the ESBRU and will be looking for more of the same tonight.

Stephen Marsalese – The Beast from the East made his ESBRU debut way back in 1996 and has clocked up 25 appearances in total. He’ll be looking to chop some time off the 14:40 he posted last year and get his finishing time back down closer to 14:00. He’ll no doubt be bolstered by the win he secured at the Corning Tower in Albany, NY last month.

Martin Pederson – the Danish athlete had to skip the Elite race last year due to travel restrictions. This year his Elite invite was pulled but he’s bagged a place in the Open. If he doesn’t get bumped up to the Elite wave, hopefully he’ll get a clear run in the Open. He clocked 13:11 in his debut in 2019, but admits to not being as good shape this year so will probably be very happy with a sub 14-minute finish.

The European Tower Running Championship takes place tomorrow (21 May) at the Rondo 1 tower in Warsaw, Poland.

It’s the fourth edition of the championship and 2016 champions Christian Riedl and Anna Ficner are both returning to defend their titles.

The Championship format involves two runs up the 38 floors of Rondo 1, in a time-trial format. The athlete with the fastest combined time will win.

The who’s who of European tower running will be in attendance, but disappointingly the anticipated return of Piotr Lobodzinski will no longer happen, after the Polish athlete had to withdraw due to injury.

Men’s Elite

Görge Heimann (Germany)
Fabio Ruga (Italy)
Stefan Stefina (Slovakia)
Jakob Mayer (Austria)
Christian Riedl (Germany)
Tomáš Maceček (Czech Republic)
Tomas Celko (Slovakia)
Sebastien De Castro (France)
Daniel Koszykowski (Poland)
Krzysztof Gawlas (Poland)
Gerko Floor (Netherlands)
Pawel Ruszala (Poland)
Lukáš Mlýnek (Czech Republic)
Siegfried Flor (Germany)
David Leitheiser (Germany)
Mateusz Marunowski (Poland)
Kacper Mrowiec (Poland)
Matthias Gall (Germany)
Marlo Post (Netherlands)
Andreas Fruhmann (Germany)
Pavel Holec (Czech Republic)
Pawel Zakowicz (Poland)
Lars Migge (Germany)
Rauno Tiits (Estonia)
Božidar Deodat Krešić (Croatia)
Adrian Hebda (Poland)
Jindrich Schick (Czech Republic)
Nishad Manerikar (UK)
Roberto Toffano (Italy)
Irakli Chubinashvili (Georgia)
Wai Ching Soh (Malaysia)

Women’s Elite

Iwona Wicha (Poland)
Piret Põldsaar (Estonia)
Verena Schmitz (Germany)
Kamila Chomaničová (Slovakia)
Adéla Voráčková (Czech Republic)
Dominika Stelmach (Poland)
Anna Ficner (Poland)
Anna Żółtak (Poland)
Alessandra Valgoi (Italy)
Anzhela Fibikh (Russia)
Iwona Januszyk (Poland)
Chiara Cristoni (Italy)

Follow the live results of the European Towerrunning Championship 2022

Carrera Vertical Torre Latino 2020

Colombia’s Frank Carreño won the Carrera Vertical Torre Latino in Mexico City for a fifth straight time on Sunday.

The course record holder held off a strong challenge from Mexico’s Alexis Trujillo to reach the top of the 720 steps in 3:22.

The venue, the oldest skyscraper in Mexico City, has become a stronghold for Carreño since he debuted there in 2016. He set the stunning course record of 3:17 at last year’s event.

Torre Latinoamericana

Torre Latino, Mexico City

There was a lot of anticipation heading into the race that Alexis Trujillo might finally be able to put an end to Carreño’s winning run at the tower. Trujillo was coming into the event off the back of a record breaking run at The Strat in Las Vegas, USA the previous weekend.

Trujillo’s impressive form so early in the season continued on Sunday, but even a personal best time of 3:25 wasn’t enough to unseat Carreño, and he was forced to settle for second place for the second year in a row.

The pair will meet again in Paris on 11th March when they compete at La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel 2020.

Germany’s Görge Heimann took third spot in 3:40, continuing his excellent form from last season. He will also be competing at La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel.


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.

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).

Hemeraner Treppenlauf

The outdoor staircase leading up to the Jübergturm

With Riedl already top of the rankings with an unassailable lead of 382 points, only the remaining two podium places were still up for grabs. Riedl’s dominance in earlier races had earned him his sixth German Towerrunning Cup title.

With his win in Hemer, Sturm was able to jump up the ladder into second place, finishing the series on 370 points, while Andreas Fruhmann finished the series in third on 340 points.

Full details and rankings can be found on the Towerrunning Germany website.

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


The Jübergturm observation tower in Hemer

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

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.


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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