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VWC 2020

The first half of the 2020 tower running season has been completely halted by coronavirus restrictions and there hasn’t been a tower race anywhere since mid-March. Dozens of races, including big events such as the Empire State Building Run-Up and the TWA World Championship race at Taipei 101, have been postponed or cancelled outright. But what about the nine races that form the Vertical World Circuit?

Read on to find out about the postponements and new dates for the races in the Vertical World Circuit 2020.

Allianz Vertical Run – Allianz Tower, Milan, Italy

The race up the 1,027-step Allianz Tower was scheduled for 19 April, but even though the organisers waited until the end of March to officially announce its postponement, it was clear very early on in the ongoing coronavirus situation that this event wasn’t going to happen as planned.

Allianz Tower Run 2020

The organisers are hoping to reschedule within 2020 so it can still slot into this year’s Vertical World Circuit. There’s no fixed date yet, but July has been floated provisionally as the new month at least.

You can keep up to date with announcements on the Allianz Vertical Run Facebook page.

VertiGo – Tour First, Paris, France

Initially scheduled as the second race in the VWC 2020 to take place on May 14, VertiGO was rescheduled early on.

Competitors will now head to the tallest skyscraper in France to race up 954 steps on Thursday 24 September.

The event typically attracts top European tower runners, but with the new date so close to the rescheduled race at the Eiffel Tower (30 September) we may well see some international elites from further afield heading to France early to do the Parisian double.

Find out more details on the event at the VertiGO website.

Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb – One World Trade Center, New York, USA
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One World Trade Center in New York City

The tallest tower on the VWC, One World Trade Center was set to host a race on 14 June. With New York hit particularly hard by COVID-19, it was inevitable that this race wouldn’t be happening on the set date.

It was duly postponed and the race organisers have now said they are aiming for a date at the end of July.

The T2T NYC Tower Climb site or the general Tunnel to Towers FB page will be your best bet for the latest updates for when a specific date is in the books.

The Broadgate Tower Run Up – London, UK

The most competitive race on the UK tower running calendar, the Broadgate Tower Run Up was set to take place on 5 July.

The organisers have now shifted the race to Sunday 27 September.

The event already attracts a strong field of UK and international competitors year-on-year. But with the rescheduled race now sandwiched between VertiGO and La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel, could we see more big names in the capital come September?

Obviously Paris-London-Paris for three races in a week isn’t ideal. But some top athletes will be traveling in from South America and Asia for La Verticale anyway, so an extra bit of travel might not put them off. Hopefully some new big names will head to Broadgate Tower to try and break the course records set in 2019 by Japan’s Ryoji Watanabe (3:41) and the UK’s Sarah Frost (4:40).

The remaining races

The five remaining races in the VWC originally scheduled for the second half of 2020 are all still hoping to go ahead as planned:

  1. Beijing Vertical Run, China World Summit Wing – Beijing, China (29 August)
  2. Race to Shanghai IFC, Two Shanghai International Finance Centre – Shanghai, China (18 October)
  3. Dubai Holding SkyRun, Jumeirah Emirates Tower – Dubai, UAE (6 November)
  4. Harukas Skyrun, Abeno Harukas – Osaka, Japan (15 November)
  5. Race to Hong Kong ICC, International Commerce Centre – Hong Kong (6 December)

VWC2020

The nine races of the 2020 Vertical World Circuit have been announced today.

The series will kick off at the Allianz Tower in Milan on April 19th and finish at the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong on December 6th.

Vertical World Circuit 2020:

April 19 – Milan: Allianz Vertical Run (Allianz Tower, 1,027 steps)
May 14 – Paris: VertiGO (Tour First, 954 steps)
June 14 – New York: T2T Tower Climb (One World Trade Center, 2,226 steps)
July 5 – London: The Broadgate Tower Run Up (Broadgate Tower, 877 steps)
August 29 – Beijing: Beijing Vertical Run (China World Summit Wing, 2,041 steps)
October 18 – Shanghai: SHKP Vertical Run for Charity (Two Shanghai IFC, 1,460 steps)
November 6 – Dubai: Dubai Holding Skyrun (Jumeirah Emirates, 1,334 steps)
November 15 – Osaka: Harukas Skyrun (Abeno Harukas, 1,610 steps)
December 6 – Hong Kong: SHKP Vertical Run for Charity Race to Hong Kong (International Commerce Centre, 2,120 steps)

Defending champion Suzy Walsham (AUS) will be back in action, looking to win a ninth straight VWC title.

In the men’s division, six-time champion Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) will be aiming to keep Mark Bourne (AUS) at bay as he hopes to add a seventh VWC title to his record.

For more details on the 2020 series head to the Vertical World Circuit website.

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The 2020 UK stair racing season gets under way in February, and spaces at some of the key events are already beginning to fill up.

Unfortunately, there won’t be loads of opportunities to race up stairs in the UK in 2020, and with the bulk of the announced events crammed into a two-week period you’ll probably have to be a bit selective with which events you choose.

Here are three of the best UK tower running events we think you should consider signing up for in the coming months.

1. Barnardo’s Urban Summit

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What is it?

Held at the 1,250-step Leadenhall Building, this is the tallest stair run in the UK. There are options to do one climb, six climbs or 10 climbs. Entry fees start from £20 for a single climb and £30 for the multi options, with participants asked to commit to raise £250 sponsorship for Barnardo’s.

Why should I do it?

Firstly, it’s an excellent cause and charity that deserves support. Whether its placing children with foster families or adoptive parents, fighting tirelessly to combat child abuse or advocating at the highest levels for better child services, Barnardo’s are one of the leading charities in the UK working on behalf of vulnerable children. Donations will go to support all their far reaching projects around the country.

Secondly, The Leadenhall Building is a fantastic venue and, as things stand, you won’t get inside a taller tower in the UK for a stair race anytime soon. The Urban Summit in December, 2018 was a successful first event and the 2020 edition is sure to be bigger and better.

When is it?

Saturday 29th February 2019 at The Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall St, London EC3V 4AB

How do I sign up?

Barnardo’s Urban Summit registration

2. LOROS Tower Run

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What is it?

A sprint event up the 351-step St George’s Tower in central Leicester.

Why should I do it?

It’s cheap. Just £17 entry with no fundraising commitment, or free entry if you fundraise £50 or more for LOROS. With most UK races requiring you to raise sponsorship in excess of £100 on top of your entry fee, this friendly and very well-organised event is an absolute bargain.

The 351-step building is one of the the shortest courses in the UK, so is a great introductory climb for those who want to try out stair climbing but are maybe a bit daunted by the challenge of one of the bigger towers.

For more experienced climbers, it’s a rare opportunity to go all out in a sprint and throw off the shackles of pacing that is sometimes so hard to get right during climbs in taller buildings.

It’s seen some really close battles in the last couple of years, with course records falling, and 2020 promises to be just as competitive.

It could also be a nice little follow-up race for anyone that’s signed up for Shelter’s Vertical Rush in London on Thursday 12th March.

When is it?

Saturday 14th March 2020 at St George’s Tower, 1A St Georges Way, Leicester, LE1 1SH.

How do I sign up?

LOROS Tower Run registration

3. The Broadgate Tower Run Up

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What is it?

A challenging stair climb up the 877-step Broadgate Tower in the City of London.

Why should I do it?

It’s hard to get into one of the big London towers for a race without committing to fundraising a sizeable minimum amount of money for a charity. But this event is focused on tower running as a sporting challenge, meaning you can just pay to race without having to raise any money.

As part of the Vertical World Circuit, the race attracts a deep field of experienced stair runners. So, if you’re up for a challenge, you’ll have the chance to pit yourself against some of the best in the world.

But there’ll be plenty of newcomers at this welcoming event, too, making it an excellent choice if you’re keen to try a stair climb for the first time.

In addition to the traditional single-climb event, there will also be the option of doing a 1/4, 1/2 or Full Vertical Mile, which involve multiple climbs up the building’s 877 steps.

Broadgate Tower is one of the big London towers and is a great venue to climb.

When is it?

Sunday 5th July 2020 at Broadgate Tower, 201 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3AB.

How do I sign up?

The Broadgate Tower Run Up registration

For a full list of upcoming stair races in the UK check out our regularly updated 2020 race calendar.

You might also be interested in finding out how to sign up for the Empire State Building Run-Up 2020.