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Yo, what’s up fellow tower running results geeks? It’s been a busy few weeks at Tower Running UK HQ and so we haven’t had the chance to review recent races. But we are back now and are gonna fly through all the action of the last few weeks, over the course of a few posts, where there have been some big races all over the world.

In the words of the Wu Tang Clan, “let’s take it back to ’79”, or more accurately to May 17th, when three races took place. One of these was in Warsaw, Poland where the slayer of the barbarian hordes, the defender of chastity, the Bull of Bielsk Podlaski, Piotr “Showtime” Lobodzinski extended his winning streak with a comfortable victory up the 959 steps of the Hotel Intercontinental in a time of 4.43. Fastest woman on the day was Iwona “The Shredded Siren” Wicha, who also bagged a ninth place overall finish. Zoooooom!!!!

Piotr Lobodzinski in full flight at the Intercontinental Tower Run (©Andrzej Chomczyk -

Piotr Lobodzinski in full flight at the Intercontinental Tower Run (©Andrzej Chomczyk –

Over in New York there was, by all accounts, a great event held at One World Trade Center One for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. As the first fully public stair climb at the building, which has been open for about six months, it attracted a deep field of some of the best climbers from across the USA and beyond. The gruelling race covered 90 floors, with 1,970 stairs.

One World Trade Center in New York City

One World Trade Center, pride of place on the New York City skyline

At the top end of the leader board was the stair climbing triumvirate of the East Coast, who were battling for top honors against some of Europe’s leading stars. Coming out victorious was Tim “The Scarlet Pimpernel” Donahue aka Don Juanahue (11.38) who battled for first place with “The Ghost” aka Sproule ‘Tough” Love aka Viscount Greystoke (11.58). Donahue had already won the inaugural run at Four World Trade Center last year so looks like he is on a mission to collect the whole set.

The Champion Arrives: Tim Donahue taking victory at Four World Trade Center in 2014

The Champion Arrives: Tim Donahue taking victory at Four World Trade Center in 2014

The final podium spot went to “The Wanderer” Rolf Majcen from Austria (12.14), who was coming off the back of a solid win in Hanoi. He narrowly edged out The Schenectady Express (12.20) to scupper an all New York one, two, three.

The ladies section of the race was equally exciting with two of the best stair climbers in the States going head-to-head once more in New York. Back in February at ESBRU, “The Oracle” Stephanie Hucko battled closely for second place with Shari “You Just Got Chicked” Klarfeld aka “The Plainview Panther”, with Hucko nicking the silver spot then by just five seconds.

The battle this time around was just as tightly fought, with The Oracle once again holding off the ever-strong Klarfeld to take the win in a time of 13.57. Klarfeld finished just 11 seconds behind her in 14.08. Tricia “The Triumph” O’Hara aka “San Fran Damn!!” took a well-earned third place.

Congratulations to all who took part in the event. Special mention to the West Coast Labels team who not only dominated the top spots but also took the Top Fundraising team spot, by raising an incredible $26,010.

Over in Malaysia there was a massive turn out for the 14th International Towerthon in Kuala Lumpur. The race took place at the city’s Menara Tower, with competitors tasked with climbing 2,058 stairs.

The Menara Tower in Kuala Lumpur

The Menara Tower in Kuala Lumpur

The top three spots were all taken by Kenyans, with overall victory there going to Enock Kipchirchir Kigen. We gave a knowing nod when we saw that the Kenyans had arrived on the scene. With that country’s rich athletic heritage, especially in the steeplechase and the 5000m, it will be exciting to see if their athletes can make a solid transition into the sport of tower running. Just one of the many things to watch out for as this sport continues to grow in popularity.

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This weekend had us hyped with some huge races and big names all gunning for victory. There’s a lot to get through so we’ll jump straight into it with Saturday’s results.

It might be a bit early to start referring to it as “The Streak”, but Troy “The Future” Alston certainly seems to be on his way to creating something special down in Florida. It is now four comprehensive wins in a row for Alston in 2015. He took victory on Saturday at the Bank of America Plaza in Tampa, scaling the 892 stairs in 4:57. He was the only person on the day to go sub-five minutes. The fastest lady on the day in Tampa was Lindsey “Cheetara” Kelly, finishing in 6:24.


“The Future” taking the first steps to victory at a race earlier this year!

Over in Milwaukee, WI, they were taking on the Power Hour challenge on the U.S. Bank Center‘s 1,034 stairs. “The Punisher” Liz Ruvalcaba proved her impressive speed is equally matched by her endurance as she managed seven climbs to take overall victory on the day. Taking second place with six climbs was Josh “Oh Captain, My Captain” Duncan, which follows on from an impressive third place at the Presidential Towers event a couple of weeks back. A mere 14 seconds separated him from “The Steel Oath” Jason Larson who finished third, also with six climbs. Larson is having a brilliant run of performances lately, especially given that he has been doubling up with races on Saturdays and Sundays.

In New York city, climbers were at One Penn Plaza for the 5th Fight For Air Climb. “The Schenectady Express” Alex Workman chalked up another impressive victory, with Brooklynite David “Personal Trainer to the Gods” Roeske coming in second. Roeske was first in Denver about a month ago, so is looking strong this year. Taking third place and making sure it was an all New York podium was “The Beast from the East” Stephen Marsalese. The Beast held off a strong push from “The Emperor” Paul Curley to earn his medal, which must have felt great after Curley pipped him to victory in last years’ event.


Some of the Tower Masters team from the race at One Penn Plaza. Workman (front left) with “The Beast from the East” behind him (centre left).

Well done to all who braved the stairs this Saturday.

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Another global affair this Saturday gone with races throughout the United States and in Mexico. We will cover the main event in Mexico City in a separate post.

Our round up starts in Orlando, Florida where it was back to “The Future” as stand-out Troy Alston added another victory to his hegemonic ambitions in the Sunshine State. We asked last week if anything could stop him and on Saturday he answered with a resounding no, blitzing the 512 steps of the Bank of America Center (funnily looking like a mini-set of stairs on the Orlando skyline) in a time of 2:37. *Meep meep!!* In second place was Chris “Son of Apollo” Van Glahn in 2:53, with Thomas “Molten Puma” Scott taking the third place spot in 2:55. Solid times there guys; impressive stuff!

Fastest woman down there in Florida, by quite a bit, was Brianna “Afterburners” Burnett who claimed victory in 3:34. She is only 16 so that’s excellent work from the young winner representing the “Dixie’s Chix” team. Love me them Dixie Chicks (probably the greatest ever rendition of the American national anthem can be seen here from them. Hope they played that when she collected her Fight For Air medal. Those harmonies!!).

But back to business. There was a race in Salt Lake City, Utah but we can’t see the results for that yet. That included a 6-hour climb challenge so respect to all who beasted themselves with that one.

Up in Cleveland, Ohio there were just over 500 runners taking on the unique and distinctive 42 floor Terminal Tower.

Cleveland's Terminal Tower

Cleveland’s Terminal Tower

Overall victory went to Mick “The Nuke” Lucas who exploded up the stairwell in 5:36. Hot on his tail was Chris “I am Spartacus” Humphrey in 5:46, with third place going to Chris “The Serpent’s Dagger” Buhove. We have to mention Alan “The Hero” Zaffiro who was in the mix again after a win a few weeks back. He is keeping it real for the 50-59 aged guys up in Ohio, taking a very respectable sub-6 minute fourth place.

Fastest woman in Cleveland, and also winner of nicest name of the day, was Blondell “The Bladed Ninja” Hinton. Her time was 7:18 and she is in the 50-59 age cat too. Inspirational stuff right there.

Staying in Ohio, but heading south-west to Columbus now, we come to the 5th Fight For Air Climb at the 880 step Rhodes Tower. Winner was Chris “Summer” Hayes in 4:49, the only sub-5 minute time of the day. Raising the sweet fist of victory in the women’s section was “The Colossus” Jeanine Kissinger in 7:10.

The Rhodes Tower in Columbus, Ohio

The Rhodes Tower in Columbus, Ohio

As we know, the east coast of the USA is home to some real speedsters and we were hoping to see fireworks in the results from Boston’s Climb to the Top at the John Hancock Tower. Just under 650 people braved the futuristic looking building’s 1220 stairs and there was a big battle for the top spots.

The John Hancock Tower in Boston

The John Hancock Tower in Boston

In the preliminary results here the top spot is taken by a nameless, elusive, Scarlet Pimpernel of the stairs, identified only by the bib number 345. Whoever it was was fast, as they finished in 7:02. Anybody know who it was? Did “The Schenectady Express” roll the Pain Train back into Boston?

Second place was taken by Andrew “The Shadow” Beck (7:15), who was the winner at One Boston Place in 2014. Third place was Adam “The Stringer of Orpheus’ Harp” Cellemme, who was coming off the back of a solid win last weekend in New Haven, and had finished second at One Boston Place three weeks before that. A great start to the season for Adam.

Fastest woman on the day, and 12th overall, was Zuzana “The Boston Rose” Trnovcova in 9:23.

Congratulations to all those who took part.

Keep climbing!

There is a touch of the enigmatic about Sproule Love. “The Ghost” often just appears, taking a win here and a course record there, haunting the ranks of stair climbers in the USA.

His dominant streak continued on Sunday morning as he finished first in a field that contained some of the strongest and fastest climbers in America.

1,391 steps stood between climbers and the coveted title of USA Stair Climbing Champion. With 2014 champ Alex “The Schenectady Express” Workman in attendance it was clear that claimants to the crown were going to have to really earn it. Sproule Love certainly did that, as he bounded up in a time of 7:22.


“The Ghost” on his way to victory

Here is a great mini-doc on Sproule Love that includes clips of him training (with a cameo from Tim Donahue).

Workman managed to take five seconds off his time from last year and finished in second place, crossing the mat in 7:51. The year-on-year consistency of The Express is so impressive. We recommend all readers to follow his blog, where you will find insights into the world of elite level stair climbing, as well as some of the most comprehensive stair climb-specific training advice available anywhere on the internet. Trust us, we’ve looked.

Going one better than his fourth place finish last year, and shaving off 12 seconds from that race, was 3rd place John “Renegade” Osborn in a time of 7:56 (his strong finish can be seen here in the first 10 seconds of this news piece on the event). We have to mention “The Steel Oath” Jason Larson who came in a speedy 4th place, after taking a win up in Minneapolis the morning before. What an absolute machine!!!

In the women’s division “The Oracle” Stephanie Hucko followed up on her second place finish at ESBRU to take the honors in a time of 8:52. As a highly successful triathlete, and it seems complete all round sportswoman, she has transitioned seamlessly into stair running and has made a massive impression already this year. We look forward to following her progress in 2015. Second place went to Evelyn “The Dream Catcher” Wisniewski in 10:02, with “The Bellingham Bullet” Kacie Cleveland storming to third place, just a second behind, in 10:03.

The West Coast Labels team took group honors, with most of the fastest climbers on the day wearing the team’s colours.


A selection of the West Coast Label athletes who took part in Scale the Strat

A special mention has to go to an incredibly inspirational climber in Las Vegas on Sunday. New Zealander Jordon “Auckland Fury” Milroy has cerebral palsy, which impairs his movement, but has evidently had zero impact on his courage and endurance. He is on a mission to climb the world’s tallest towers in a bid to raise awareness about disability. You can follow his progress and offer your support by liking his Facebook page.

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