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Kacper Mrowiec and Christof Grossegger will be among the top tower runners racing at the Pryramidenkogel Tower on 11 September.

Back for its third edition, the race at the distinctive 441-stair tower will be the first in Austria since pandemic-related restrictions were eased.

With the winners from the previous events, Tomas Celko (2018) and Jakob Meyer (2019), not racing, the door is open for the Austrian Grossegger to finally take first place.

Grossegger finished second at the event in 2018 and 2019, and is one of only four men to have run the course in under 2:10.

It will be his first race since lockdown restrictions were eased and he has played down his chances of going as fast as his previous two efforts, telling Tower Running UK:

“I didn’t do that much special stair running training this year. After the cancellation of the Eiffel Tower run at the beginning of March, I just did sports for fun. Did a lot of mountain biking – really a lot! I’ve tried to switch back to running the last three weeks

“This year’s edition of Pyramidenkogel for me is just for fun! No special goal – just enjoy racing – and go full speed up.”

Christof Grossegger diving for the finish at the 4Stairs event in Austria in 2019

Among Grossegger’s rivals will be Kacper Mrowiec, who will be making his debut.

The Polish newcomer is heading into the event race ready, having had two sprint races on the stairs in the past three weeks – in Warsaw, Poland and last weekend in Levoca, Slovakia.

He finished fourth in both, so will be eager to get a podium finish under his belt.

Favouring the longer courses, the additional step count plus an uphill pre-run into the tower should suit Mrowiec.

“I’m feeling better than before Leicester in March [Mrowiec took second at LOROS Tower Run],” he told us. “Training looks better, so I’ve got a hope for a high place. This distance will be better for me than my last two tower runs.”

Another Austrian athlete to keep an eye out for is Markus Karlin who took a surprising third place at last year’s event, with a 2:11.08 finish.

Expect Karlin to be firmly back in the mix for an even higher finish this time around.

After 2019’s star-studded competition, the hope was for a similar level of competition this year. Unfortunately, many of the big names on the start list will no longer be racing.

Mrowiec’s compatriot Mateusz Marunowski (4th in 2019) is now not expected to attend, despite being named on the start list. Likewise, the UK’s Laurence Ball has pulled out of the race. Stefan Stefina from Slovakia (5th in 2019) is also unlikely to compete.

Check out this excellent video from last year’s event:

Haus des Meeres Treppenlauf

Veronika Windish took victory at the Haus des Meeres Treppenlauf to make it four wins in a row at the Vienna aquarium.

The Austrian multi-athlete remains unbeaten at the 271-step building, where she set the course record in 2016.

Windisch has been in incredible form the last few months. On 31 August she won the UFO Vertical Sprint in Bratislava, then followed this up with a narrow win over world number one, Suzy Walsham, at the Pyramidenkogel on 13 September.

Veronika Windisch treppenlauf

Windisch on her way to a fourth straight win at the Haus des Meeres, Vienna

In the men’s division in Vienna, course record holder and 2018 winner Christof Grossegger returned to defend his crown.

Full results were unavailable at the time of writing. This article will be updated.

Part two of our delayed results catch up, and it’s onto mainland Europe for the two races that happened on 22 May 2015.

The popular Steffi Turnlauf saw a small field of select athletes taking on the 343 stairs of St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. One of the most visited sites in the city, the Cathedral stands on ground that has been used for worship since the mid-1100s. The tightly wound spiral staircase can be walked by the general public, but the crew from Towerrunning Austria turn the stairway to heaven into a stairway to hell once a year as they push their bodies to the limit and sprint all out for victory. We’ve been up the Cathedral’s stone stairwell many years ago, and as we remember it is not the most conducive to smooth climbing. The runners would really be pushed hard to clock fast times.

There were several familiar names in attendance at the event, but the focus was on the ongoing battle between “The Mauerbach Tornado” Klaus Hausleitner and Norbert “Hannibal” Lechner. These guys have been going head-to-head at all of Austria’s stair races for a while now. There most recent encounter was in late April at the Haus des Meeres race where Lechner took victory by less than half a second.

This time around the results were reversed. Hausleitner took the overall win in a time of 1.21, with Lechner in second (1.25). It was a long time coming for The Mauerbach Tornado who had finished 2nd and 3rd in the last two years, and since the race he has stated publicly that his aim for next year is the course record. Brash talk, which we’re sure Hannibal will have something to say about in 2016.

The victorious Hausleitner (centre) and female podium finishers with Lechner (l) and third place Artner (r).

The victorious Hausleitner (centre) and female podium finishers with Lechner (l) and third place Artner (r). Also some priests and a man in a long skirt?? Welcome to Vienna, people!!

In the women’s section, Austrian athlete Sandrina “The Crushing Fist of Severity” Illes took the win in a very fast sub-2 minute time. Her closest rival was Slovenia’s Jasmina “The Expeditious One” Klancnik who was nine seconds behind in 2.07. Congratulations to everyone at Towerrunning Austria for another successful event. They do a fantastic job of promoting the sport.

Over the border in Germany, a name known to many emerged from his self-imposed exile to take part in a race in a town called, wait for it, Bad Wildbad. Tripadvisor suggests that it’s actually rather good and more quaint than wild, but I guess the name was established in the days of expanding empires and served a defensive purpose. It certainly didn’t keep “The Eclipse” Christian Riedl away. After the Eiffel Tower race in March, where he finished 4th, Riedl took a mini-break from tower running to focus on other commitments. He returned to glory in this outdoor race, which follows the staircase alongside the track of the sommerbergbahn; a mountain railway that runs from the town up to one of the surrounding peaks.

The sommerbergbahn in Bad Wildbad

The sommerbergbahn in Bad Wildbad

Riedl covered the 1,987 steps in a time of 8.07.

A smiling Riedl celebrates victory with the fastest woman on the day, Claudia Waidelich

A smiling Riedl celebrates victory with the fastest woman on the day, Claudia Waidelich

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