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As lockdown restrictions start to ease in some countries, we’re finally beginning to see tower running emerge out of its forced hiatus.

With the back end of 2020 packed full of scheduled international races, there’s still lots to (potentially) look forward to.

Here’s the news from all the post-lockdown races that have happened so far.

Europe
Wildbad345 Treppenlauf, Germany

With racing having ground to a halt globally, it was the Germans who got things moving again back in June with the Wildbad345 outdoor event in Rothenberg.

The top end of the typical route was out of bounds due to ongoing restrictions, so athletes took on 310 steps instead of the usual 345.

Some big names were in attendance, including reigning German tower running champion Christian Riedl, two-time ESBRU champion Rudy Reitberger and Towerrunning Germany’s Lars Migge.

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A runner sets off at the Wildbad345 Treppenlauf in June, 2020 (image: www.joergbehrendt.de/)

It was Riedl who took the spoils, completing the outdoor course in 1:20. He was followed by Jürgen Schmidt in 1:23, with Lars Migge taking third in 1:25.

Linda Schmid was the fastest woman in 2:13. Second was Karina Schmidt (2:17) and Gertrud Blumenschein (2:20) took third.

See the full Wildbad345 Treppenlauf 2020 race results.

Tallinn TV Tower Run, Estonia

At the start of August the Estonian capital Tallinn hosted the first indoor stair race to take place for months, with the 870-step TV Tower serving as venue.

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Tallinn TV Tower

In the men’s race the podium was an all Estonian affair.

Rimo Timm came out victorious with a finishing time of 4:43.9. For the second year in a row, the 2018 champion Rauno Tiits was pushed into second as he finished in 4:46.5. Tiits’ teammate Lauri Ulm took third in 5:00, taking a massive nine seconds off his time from 2019.

The women’s division saw an even closer battle for top spot as international athletes competed against local talent.

The experienced Estonian tower runner Piret Põldsaar repeated the 5:55 that earned her third place at the event in 2019. That was fast enough to earn top spot this time around…just.

Finnish track athlete Linnea Harala pushed Põldsaar hard, reaching the top of the tower in 5:56.1.

Slovakia’s Kamila Chomanicova took third in 6:00.3.

Tallinn TV Tower Run 2020 results.

Asia
Hangzhou International Towerrunning Race, China

The popular Chinese tower running circuit got back up and running on August 8th at Raffles City Tower in Hangzhou.

Raffles City Tower

Le Qinghua (CHN) was the fastest woman up the 1,647 stairs, taking a comfortable victory in 11:11.

Zhang Mufang (CHN) was next over the line finishing a split-second ahead of Christy Kalksma (NZL), with both women clocking in at 11:46.

The top end of the men’s event was devoid of close battles, with the podium finishers well spread out.

The all-Chinese top three was Wang Guolong (8:51), Zang Yunhai (9:23) and Chen Jianfeng (9:39).

Hangzhou International Towerrunning Race 2020 men

So we are officially back up and running people.

The next scheduled race is set for 6th September in Levoca, Slovakia. It looks like some races in the USA may be going ahead next month, too.

Then on 30th September the rescheduled La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel will take place.

Lots to look forward to. It’s good to be back.

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Towerrun Berlin 2020

Kacper Mrowiec and Karena Liebenowand took victories at the first race of the 2020 tower running season yesterday (Jan. 12), at the 29-floor Ideal-Hochhaus in Berlin.

Poland’s Mrowiec came out on top among a strong field of athletes that included leading German tower runners, Andreas Fruhmann, Lars Migge and Matthias Gall.

The race, in its 20th edition, began with a mass start pre-run of around 400m into the 465-step tower.

Mrowiec reached the top in 3:37, followed by Fruhmann (3:43) and Blazey Wytwer (3:53).

In the women’s division, Karena Liebenow came out on top with a winning time of 4:49. In second place was Magdalena Hopp in 4:56, with Claudia Becker taking third in 5:07.

Scroll down to see footage from the event.

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Action from the 2020 Tower Run Berlin


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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.

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The Jübergturm observation tower in Hemer

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

Last weekend Piotr “Showtime” Lobodzinski, the reigning Towerrunning World Champion and 2014 Towerrunning World Cup winner, took another step on the path to an unbeaten season with a win at the SkyRun race in Frankfurt.

MesseTurm in Frankfurt; venue for the SkyRun event on June 14th

MesseTurm in Frankfurt; venue for the SkyRun event on June 14th

The event, which also doubled up as the Towerrunning Germany national championship, attracted a stellar line up that included some of Europe’s top stair climbers. In the mix were well-known Germans Ralf “The Natural” Hascher, Görge “der Stufe Zerstörer” Heimann and Christian “The Flying Doctor” Riedl aka “The Eclipse”. They were joined by Klaus “The Mauerbach Tornado” Hausleitner from Austria, Tomas “The Zilina Avalanche” Celko from Slovakia and “The Sheriff” Omar Bekkali from Belgium.

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The Bull of Bielsk Podlaski blasts over the starting mat on his way to victory in Frankfurt

The day, however, belonged to the Bull of Bielsk Podlaski who powered to the top of the 1,202 steps at the MesseTurm to take his tenth win from ten starts in 2015. His fast time of 6.38 was a little off his own course record of 6.27, but it was just enough to take the win from a resurgent Christian Riedl, who crossed the mat in 6.40. It was the third year in a row that Showtime had taken victory at this event, on a course that really suits him. The third spot was taken by Tomas Celko, who was the last athlete to go under 7 minutes (6.53). A solid race by Hausleitner secured him an impressive fourth spot (7.14), with Bekkali, again showing he is still a force to be reckoned with, sealing the top five (7.19).

The men's podium with Riedl, Lobodzinski and Celko

The men’s podium with Riedl, Lobodzinski and Celko

It was great to see that London-based stair climber Nishad “Big Trek” Manerikar aka “The Maharajah” aka “Jai Manerikar” aka “Perpetual Navigator” was in attendance. Big Trek is from India but lives in London and is arguably the most dedicated stair climber we have here in the UK. He is a regular at the big London races, but also travels extensively and makes sure to factor in some of the European races when he gets a chance. He was at the Towerrunning World Cup final in Vienna at the start of this year, while last year he took part in the three races that made up the European Grand Prix. We had missed him at some of the smaller UK races last year so are pleased to see he is still competing.

A relaxed looking Nishad Manerikar explodes around a corner on his way up the MesseTurm

A relaxed looking Nishad Manerikar explodes around a corner on his way up the MesseTurm

In the ladies section of the race, it was a straightforward enough win for the incredible Suzy “The Lawmaker” Walsham aka “The Title Magnate” aka “Beyond Time”.

A focused Walsham calls forth the strength of ten tigers

A focused Walsham calls forth the strength of ten tigers

Coming off the back of a strong win in Singapore at the end of last month, Walsham dominated a relatively small field of fellow climbers in Frankfurt. She took the win in a time of 7.46, with her nearest rival Iwona “Pole Position” Wicha aka “The Shredded Siren” finishing behind her in 9.09. Manuela “Venom” Hartl (9.19) took third place and, as the first German finisher, the title of Towerrunning Germany champion 2015.

Wicha, Walsham and Hartl with trophies on the podium

Wicha, Walsham and Hartl with trophies on the podium

The question we are all asking is can anybody stop Showtime in 2015? He has taken his performances up a level this season, and though Riedl pushed him close in Frankfurt he is quickly taking on an air of invincibility. We are not yet half way through the year though and there are a lot of buildings still to be climbed. The upcoming European Grand Prix (19-21 June) is going to be very exciting, with the continent’s best all vying to topple the Polish champion.

Last year Lobodzinski won two of the three European Grand Prix races, and finished third in the race up UFO in Bratislava. The UFO building is a short 430 steps, so maybe the sprint format doesn’t suit him as much, but undoubtedly he will be determined to take the clean sweep of victories this year. Celko (winner in Bratislava last year) and Riedl (less than a second behind Showtime in Brno last year) will not let him have it easy, that is for sure.

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