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Shari Klarfeld recorded her first major stair climb victory with a win at One World Trade Center in New York on Sunday.

The Long Island runner clocked 15:53 as she scaled the 2,226 steps of America’s tallest building.

Mexico’s Maria Elisa Lopez was second in 16:02, with Florida-based Filipino athlete Rosalyn Russell taking third spot some way back in 17:27.

It was a long overdue win for Klarfeld, who has finished in second or third place at every edition of the Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb since the inaugural event [on a shorter course] in 2015.

The tight race for top spot was a continuation of the battle Klarfeld and Lopez had for second place at last year’s Empire State Building Run-Up.

There, just three seconds separated the pair, with the Mexican managing to hold off the challenge of her American rival in a closely fought battle the whole way up 1,576 steps.

The two are likely to meet again at the ESBRU, which is expected to take place in October.

In the men’s division, Malaysia’s Soh Wai Ching picked up another straightforward win in the USA. His rapid 12:46 placed him way out in front of Roberto Velazquez (MEX) who finished in 16:52, while New York veteran Stephen ‘The Beast from the East’ Marsalese rounded out the podium in 17:07.

Tunnel to Tower One World Trade Center Climb results

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.

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.

However the organisers have now made the decision to cancel the event.

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


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 22 November.

However the organisers have now made the decision to cancel the event.

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 then shifted the race to Sunday 27 September.

Unfortunately, due to the remaining uncertainty surrounding sporting events, they’ve now taken the decision to cancel the 2020 edition.

We look forward to its return in 2021.

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

The last four months of 2020 will be action packed if all these races go ahead as planned. The travel schedule for the world’s top tower runners hoping to take part will also be hectic. Here’s hoping all the top athletes can compete at their best.