Empire State Building Run-Up
In another spectacular year at one of the World’s banner staircimb events, there was speculation that the extremely strong field might mean a second person finally breaking the magical 10 minute barrier at Empire.
All eyes were on perennial world #10 Piotr Lobodzinski as he toed the line. He won, hitting the tape at 10:31. In second place, fresh off of crushing the record at Chicago’s Aon climb, was Darren Wilson, with a 10:43. Third was Canada’s Shaun Stephens-Whale with a 11:04.
For the American contingent, Sproule Love was fourth overall, with a time of 11:41. Second American was David Tromp with a 12:02. Third American male as David Roeske with a 12:23.
Winning for a record eighth time was Suzy Walsham with a 12:11. Second overall was the amazing Cindy Harris with a 13:15. Third overall and second american was newcomer Meg Santana with a 13:51. Third american and fourth overall was Shari Klarfeld with a 14:01
Congratulations to everyone who participated in this extremely tough elite field!
One of the premier SE events, FFA jacksonville always draws a strong field.
Winning overall was Troy Alston with a 4:19. Second was Thomas Scott with a 4:37. Third, from Illinois was John Osborn with a 4:41.
On the women’s side, US champ stephanie hucko won with a 5:21. Kate Mays was second with a 6:26. Susanne bergen was third was a 6:30.
Oakbrook 2017 was yet another banner year for this perenially strong event.
In the banner power hour event, there was a changing of the guard on the men’s side. When ten time participant, perenneial winner, and record holder Eric Leninger was forced to drop out due to injury, 14 year-old Bob Liking stepped up and won the event, the only person to post 12 climbs in the hour, with a 51:10 climb time. Strong local climber George Patterson III, the only climber with eleven ascents, was second with 52:00 total climb time. Robert Klinko was third, completing 10 climbs in 50:14.
On the women’s side, first was Denise Skweres with 9 climbs in 47:56, Olivia Bukowski
Completing 9 climbs, and Sheryl Leonard-Schneck completing 8 climbs in 49:44.
In the sprint (one lap) event, we saw the return of Jesse Berg, winning with a time of 3:05. Erig Leninger was second, completing his first power hour climb in 3:08. Robert Liking was third, his first power hour lap clocking in at 3:39.
First for women was Natalie Doolittle-Shadel, climbing the first tower in 4:28. Second was Jill Paha, completing her first ascent in 4:34. Third was 51 year old Lynn Degnan, climbing in 4:43
In an almost exclusively locals-only race, it was a sparse few out-of-town towerrunning veterans who took nearly all the top spots at the Feb. 18 Nashville Fight For Air climb. Troy Alston set a building record at downtown Nashville's Fifth Third Center, which saw participants scale 638 steps up to the 29th floor. The Jacksonville sprint specialist's time of 2:55.7 was more than a minute faster than Milwaukee-area climber Josh Jackett, who finished second in 3:58.4. On the women's side, Nashville's Amy Gardner took the top spot, finishing in 6:27.0. In its fifth year, the event did add a power hour, but it required participants to descend the steps back to the bottom rather than take the elevator back down. Only three people took part in the hour challenge, which was won by the Minneapolis-area's Brian Zamboni, who completed six up-plus-down laps in a total of 57:44.0. Nashville locals Matt Miller and Paul Morel each completed four laps during the hour.
Outclimb cancer: http://ftp.sportstats.ca/res2017/OCC/Climb_Count_Export.pdf
Single climb times: https://www.sportstats.us/display-results.xhtml?raceid=45037
Just as light snow started to fall during the late morning hours of the SLC climb, multiple records fell at the Outclimb Cancer Challenge. Local athlete John Tribbia broke the men’s single climb record, moving the bar from Dustin Kazmar’s 3:05.3 in 2014 with his 3:03.7 effort. Christine Soskins pushed the women’s record to 4:19.1, compared to Julie Bryan’s previous record of 4:43.7 set in 2015. Christine was just getting started, though, as she set a new women’s multiple climb record with 50 climbs completed in the 6 hour event. Christine’s effort beat both Susette Fisher’s 45 climbs in 2015, and the previous men’s record of 48 climbs set by Kevin Van Loon in 2015. She couldn’t quite catch Josh Duncan, though, as he pushed the men’s record to 52 climbs. Other notable performances were turned in by male competitors Charles Konopa with 50 climbs and Michael Caviston with 48 climbs, and Leslie Howlett chasing Christine in the women’s competition with 48 climbs and a 4:22.8 first climb effort.
The fire department portion of the climb saw similar intense competition, with the Hill AFB FD narrowly beating out the SLC City Fire team by a mere 2 second average per climber. Hill AFB FD’s effort was led by Chad Carrier, whose 4:42.6 effort while carrying full gear missed the building record by 22 seconds.
Scale the strat
The 2017 US championship at the Stratosphere was another spectacular event.
With a very strong field lining up for the race, the question on everyone’s mind was, would the course record on 7:05 be broken after years of assaults by the very best climbers?
Race fans were not disappointed, as canadian Shaun Stephens-Whale won, setting a new course record with a time of 7:03. Coming in second was US climber Justin Stewart with a 7:27, and rounding out the podium was Ralf Hascher with a 7:34.
Filling out the second men’s podium was world #8 Gustavo Isaac Mendoza with a 7:39, US points champion Alex Workman with a 7:45, and Florida powerhouse Thomas Scott with an 8:03.
On the women’s side, the astounding Cindy Harris continued her amazing year, cruising to victory with a 8:30. In second place, fresh off her incredible debut at empire was Meg Santanna with a 9:34. In third was Julie-Rae Steinmeyer with a 10:09.
In fourth place was Christine Soskins. Fresh off breaking the old men’s course record at Utah’s 6 hour climb less than a day earlier, she put down an excellent time of 10:30.
Finishing off the second podium was Seattle’s Amy Brown with a 10:35 and local Jessica Pickett with a 10:35.
With 617 finishers, the race set new records for number of participants and funds raised!
Someone looking at the race results early in the day could be forgiven for thinking they were seeig a race report from six years ago. For part of the day, first place was Terry Purcell(10:25), participating in his first race since retiring several years ago. Second only a second behind was Jesse Berg(10:26), also making a surprise return to racing after several years away. Very close behind in third place was Eric Leninger(10:34), in a position he might have occupied several years back before a string of victories at hancock.
This old-school triumverate was not to last, however; before the end of the day, firefighter and pro triathelete Andrew Drobeck weaved through the traffic of a crowded staircase and put down a very impressive 10:19. One could speculate that in a clear staircase, he would have been capable of breaking the magical 10 minute barrier.
Winning for women was local Climber Sheri Breese(12:54), second was Olga Starikova(13:21) and third was Jennifer Glenn with a 13:29.
Other notable February performances:
* Jacksonville towerrunner Jordan Brashears claimed his first-ever first-place finish with a time of 5:39 during the Feb. 12 Fight For Air Cincinnati at the 45-story, 804-step Carew Tower. His time was a 38-second win over second place.
* St. Louis-area towerrunner John Wilmas repeated as the Fight For Air Kansas City champion during the Feb. 26 event at the 42-story, 902-step One Kansas City Place building; his 5:21 finish was a 16-second improvement over his time at the event's inaugural 2016 climb. He also finished first with 7 laps during the event's first-ever power hour.
* Detroit-area triathlete Ryan Rivamonte smashed his own building record at Feb. 26’s Fight For Air Detroit, improving from 6:15.6 in 2016 to a ridiculous 6:03.2 at the 71-story, 1,050-step Renaissance Center. Prior to 2016, which was Rivamonte's first-ever stair race, the event ended one floor and 16 steps shorter, where the prior record was 6:21, held by former 8-time event champion George Hudock.
Towerrunning USA is pleased to announce that the 3rd annual Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb, held in the iconic One World Trade Center in New York City, is now accepting registrations for this year’s stairclimb event.
Many members of Towerrunning USA have participated in the climb in the two years since its inception, and have amazing stories of how challenging and meaningful the experience was. Racers enthusiastically describe how privileged and honored they were to climb the over 2000 steps to the top of One World Trade Center, a feat performed in memory of those first responders and others impacted on September 11, 2001.
This year, we will be joined in our race to the top by world class elite athletes from Towerrunning USA and the International Skyrunning Federation, which this year added the climb to its Vertical World Circuit. When we cross the finish line on the 102nd floor, the breathtaking view will provide yet another reward.
This year’s Tower Climb will be held on Sunday, June 4. Funds raised will go the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, established in memory of the fallen 9/11 firefighter. Tunnel to Towers will dedicate money raised towards building high-tech “smart homes” for catastrophically injured service members.
For Towerrunning USA ranking purposes, this will be a 150-point race. I look forward to seeing you at the Tower Climb. For more information and to register, visit oneworldclimb.org. For access to the Towerrunning USA hotel block for the climb, contact http://travelbypak.agenthub.net/about.php
|DATE||CITY/STATE||REGION||BUILDING||EVENT NAME||CHARITY||FLOORS||HEIGHT||STEPS||POINTS||EVENT WEBSITE||ADDRESS||ADDITIONAL INFORMATION|
|09-17-16||Greenville, SC||Southeast||The Landmark Building||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||22 floors (?)||305 feet||100||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALASE_Southeast?fr_id=14409&pg=entry||301 North Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601
|Power Hour option|
|09-24-16||Crystal City, VA||Square 4||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||14 or 18 stories||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAMA_Mid-Atlantic?fr_id=14239&pg=entry||241 18th Street S
Crystal City, VA 22202
|09-30-16||Los Angeles, CA||West||US Bank Tower||Stair Climb for Los Angeles||Ketchum-Downtwon YMCA||75 floors||1005 feet||1664 steps||200||http://www.ymcala.org/ketchum-downtown/pages/stair-climb-event||633 E 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013|
|10-02-16||Seattle, WA||Northwest||Space Needle||Base 2 Space||Fred Hutch (cancer research center)||52 stories||520 feet||832 steps||100||https://www.classy.org/seattle/events/base-2-space-2016/e77086||400 Broad Street Seattle, WA 98109|
|10-22-16||Rochester, NY||Northeast||Legacy Tower||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||20 floors (?)||401 feet||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALANE_Northeast?fr_id=14741&pg=entry||One Bausch & Lomb Place
Rochester, NY 14604
|11-06-16||Chicago, IL||Midwest||Willis/Sears Tower||Skyrise Chicago||Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago||103 floors||1353 feet||2115 steps||200||http://ric.convio.net/site/TR/SkyRise/General?pg=entry&fr_id=1130||233 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
|11-10-16||Milwaukee, WI||Midwest||US bank Milwaukee||CFF climb||Cystic Fibrosis Foundation||47 floors||550 feet||984 steps||50||http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR/Climb/138_Wisconsin_Milwaukee?pg=entry&fr_id=5693|
|11-13-16||Chicago, IL||Midwest||300 N LaSalle||CFF climb||Cystic Fibrosis Foundation||58 floors||715 feet||1276 steps||50||http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR/Climb/45_Greater_Illinois_Chicago?pg=entry&fr_id=5451||300 N LaSalle|
|12-01-16||Seattle, WA||Northwest||1201 Third Avenue (formerly Washington Mutal Tower)||Seattle StairClimb 2016||Cystic Fibrosis Foundation||56 floors||150||http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR/Climb/132_Washington_Seattle?fr_id=5861&pg=entry||1201 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
|12-03-16||Oklahoma City, OK||Lower Midwest||Leadership Square North Tower
Leadership Square South Tower
|Little Willie's Triple Dog Dare||Homeless Alliance
Sabar Youth Triathlon
|69 floors||150||http://www.littlewilliestripledogdare.com/||211 N. Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
|Run up AND down three buildings.
No fundraising minimum.
|12-10-16||Anaheim, CA||West||Angel Stadium||5th Annual Hike the Halo||Cystic Fibrosis Foundation||2000 steps||http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR/Climb/118_Orange_County?fr_id=5512&pg=entry||2000 E Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92806
|12-17-16||Los Angeles, CA||West||Los Angeles Memorial Colesium||Los Angeles CF Climb||Cystic Fibrosis Foundation||100||http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR/Climb/120_Southern_California_Los_Angeles?pg=entry&fr_id=5801||3911 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90037||Stadium climb|
|01-21-17||Indianapolis, IN||Lower Midwest||OneAmerica Building||Bop to the Top||Riley Children's Hospital||36 floors||500 feet||780 steps||https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=125360||One America Square
|Triple climb option|
|01-21-17||Seattle, WA||Northwest||Rainier Tower||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||40 floors||514 feet||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAMP_Mountain_Pacific?fr_id=14102&pg=entry||1301 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
|Option for 40, 80, 120 or 160 floor climb|
|01-22-17||Portland, OR||Northwest||US Bancorp Tower||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||42 floors||536 feet||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAMP_Mountain_Pacific?fr_id=14101&pg=entry||111 SW Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204 98101
|Elite Climber Division|
|01-28-17||Dallas, TX||Lower Midwest||Bank of America Plaza||Big D Climb||Leukemia & Lymphoma Society||70 floors||http://lls.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1060&pg=entry||901 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202
|01-28-17||San Antonio, TX||Lower Midwest||Tower of the Americas||32nd Annual Lone Star CF Tower Climb & Run||Cystic Fibrosis Foundation||750 feet||952 steps||http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR/Climb/67_Lone_Star_San_Antonio?fr_id=5892&pg=entry||739 E César E. Chávez Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78205
|1 mile run followed by 952 steps up the tower|
|01-29-17||Chicago, IL||Midwest||Aon Center||Aon Step of for Kids||Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital||80 floors||1076 feet||http://foundation.luriechildrens.org/site/TR?fr_id=1680&pg=entry||200 E Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601|
|02-01-17||New York, NY||Northeast||Empire State Building||Empire State Building Run Up||Challenged Athletes Foundation||86 floors||1576 steps||https://www.esbnyc.com/event/2015-empire-state-building-run-up-info||Wednesday evening race|
|02-04-17||Jacksonville, FL||Southeast||Bank of America Tower||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||42 floors||617 feet||150||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALASE_Southeast?fr_id=14902&pg=entry||50 North Laura St
Jacksonville, FL 32202
|Elite Climber Division comes with a Power Hour option in a separate stairwell in addition to the solo climb.|
|02-04-71||Louisville, KY||Lower Midwest||National City Tower||Fight for Air Climb||american Lung Associaion||38 floors||512 feet||780 steps||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAMS_MidlandStates?fr_id=15030&pg=entry||101 South 5th Street
Louisville, KY 40202
|Vertical Mile Option|
|02-04-17||Boston, MA||Northeast||One Boston Place||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||41 floors||601 feet||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALANE_Northeast?fr_id=14789&pg=entry||201 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
|02-11-17||Minneapolis, MN||Midwest||IDS Center||36th Annual Minnesota CF Tower Climb & Run||Cystic Fibrosis Foundation||52 floors||792 feet||1280 steps||http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR/Climb/80_Minnesota_Minneapolis?fr_id=5893&pg=entry||80 S 8th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
|02-12-17||Villa Park, IL||Midwest||Oakbrook Terrace Tower||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||31 floors||418 feet||681 steps||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAUM_Upper_Midwest?fr_id=15081&pg=entry||1 Tower Ln
Villa Park, IL 60181
|Climb 1X, 2X, 3X
Power Hour option
|02-12-17||Cincinnati, OH||Lower Midwest||Carew Tower||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||45 floors||804 steps||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAMS_MidlandStates?fr_id=15174&pg=entry||411 Vine St
Cincinnati OH 45202
|Vertical Mile option (up and down ten times)|
|02-18-16||Columbus, OH||Rhodes Tower||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||40 floors||880 steps||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAMS_MidlandStates?fr_id=15009&pg=entry||30 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43215
|Vertical Mile Option|
|02-18-17||Nashville, TN||Fifth Third Center||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||29 floors||460 feet||638 steps||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAMS_MidlandStates?fr_id=15241&pg=entry||424 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37219
|Power Hour option|
|02-25-17||Albany, NY||Northeast||Corning Tower||Albany CF Climb||Cystic Fibrosis Foundation||42 floors||589 feet||809 steps||http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR/Climb/94_Northeastern_New_York_Albany?fr_id=5904&pg=entry||304 Madison Ave.
Albany, NY 12210
|Team relay option|
|02-25-17||Dallas, TX||Lower Midwest||Renaissance Tower||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||56 floors||722 feet||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALASW_Southwest?fr_id=14885&pg=entry||1201 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75270
|02-25-17||Minneapolis, MN||Midwest||US Bank Plaza||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||31 floors||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAUM_Upper_Midwest?fr_id=14959&pg=entry||200 South 6th St #640
Minneapolis, MN 55402
|Power Hour option|
|02-25-17||Houston, TX||Lower Midwest||First City Tower||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||49 floors||662 feet||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALASW_Southwest?fr_id=14771&pg=entry||1001 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77002
|02-25-17||Salt Lake City, UT||Wells Fargo Center||OutClimb Cancer Challenge||Huntsman Cancer Foundation||24 floors||http://outclimbcancer.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1166685||299 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
|Single or multi-climb option.|
|02-26-17||Chicago, IL||Midwest||John Hancock Center||Hustle Up the Hancock||Respiratory Health Association||94 floors||1128 feet||1632 steps||http://www.hustleupthehancock.org/||875 N Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
|Half climb option (52 floors)|
|02-26-17||Denver, CO||Republic Plaza||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||56 floors||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALASW_Southwest?fr_id=14773&pg=entry||370 17th St
Denver, CO 80202
|Power Hour option|
|02-26-17||Detroit, MI||Midwest||Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||71 floors||1050 steps||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAMS_MidlandStates?fr_id=14892&pg=entry||400 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, MI 48243
|Half climb option|
|02-26-17||Kansas City, MO||Lower Midwest||One Kansas City Place||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||42 floors||624 feet||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAUM_Upper_Midwest?fr_id=14953&pg=entry||One Kansas City Place
Kansas City, MO 64105
|Power Hour option|
|02-26-17||Las Vegas, NV||Stratsosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower||Scale the Strat||American Lung Associaion||108 "floors"||808 feet||1391 steps||http://action.lung.org/site/TR?fr_id=14884&pg=entry||2000 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104
|Towerrunning USA Championship race|
|03-04-17||Boise, ID||Northwest||US Bank Plaza||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||16 floors X 2||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAMP_Mountain_Pacific?fr_id=14103&pg=entry||101 S Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702
|Must complete 1 circuit (2 laps of 32 floors) to be eligible for awards. Can complete the circuit (32 floors) 1, 2, 3, or 4 times.|
|03-04-17||Orlando, FL||Southeast||Bank of America Center||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||28 floors||404 feet||100||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALASE_Southeast?fr_id=14977&pg=entry||390 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
|Elite Climb division sounds like a Power Hour|
|03-04-17||Indianapolis, IN||Lower Midwest||Salesforce Tower||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||47 floors||1054 steps||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAUM_Upper_Midwest?fr_id=14610&pg=entry||Power Hour option|
|03-04-17||Cleveland, OH||Terminal Tower||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||42 floors||802 steps||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAMS_MidlandStates?fr_id=15422&pg=entry||50 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113
|03-04-17||Providence, RI||Northeast||Omni Providence Hotel||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||22 floors||348 steps||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALANE_Northeast?fr_id=14882&pg=entry||1 West Exchange Street Providence, RI 02903|
|03-05-17||Chicago, IL||Midwest||Presidential Towers||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||45 floors||585 steps||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAUM_Upper_Midwest?fr_id=14962&pg=entry||555 W Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60661
|Climb 1, 2, 3, or 4 towers|
|03-05-17||New York, NY||Northeast||Rockefeller Center||Climb to the Top New York City||National MS Society||66 floors||1215 steps||http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Special/NYNGeneralEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=28095||45 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10111
|03-11-17||Buffalo, NY||Northeast||Main Place Tower||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||26 floors||350 feet||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALANE_Northeast?fr_id=15091&pg=entry||350 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
|03-11-17||Tampa, FL||Southeast||Bank of America Plaza||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||41 floors||577 feet||150||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALASE_Southeast?fr_id=14849&pg=entry||101 East Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602
|03-12-17||Springfield, IL||Midwest||Wyndham Springfield City Centre||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||32 floors||532 steps||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAUM_Upper_Midwest?fr_id=14956&pg=entry||700 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701||Power Hour option|
|03-18-17||Milwaukee, WI||Midwest||US Bank Center||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||47 floors||1034 steps||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAUM_Upper_Midwest?fr_id=14964&pg=entry||777 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
|Ultimate Climb for 90 minutes|
|03-18-17||Miami, FL||Southeast||One Biscayne Tower||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||38 floors||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALASE_Southeast?fr_id=14891&pg=entryhttp://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALASE_Southeast?fr_id=15137&pg=entry||2 South Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33131
|03-25-17||Charlotte, NC||Southeast||The VUE Charlotte||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||50 floors||576 feet||100||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALASE_Southeast?fr_id=14891&pg=entry||215 N. Pine Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
|Power Hour option|
|03-25-17||Oklahoma City, OK||Lower Midwest||Leadership Square||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||35 floors total (two towers)||1540 steps||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALASW_Southwest?fr_id=14989&pg=entry||211 N. Robinson Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
|Climb consists of up and down the North and South towers.|
|03-25-17||Philadelphia, PA||Northeast||Three Logan Square||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||50 floors||739 feet||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAMA_Mid-Atlantic?fr_id=14911&pg=entry||1717 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
|03-25-17||Dallas, TX||Lower Midwest||Vertical Mile challenge||Independant||http://www.vertmile.com/||Reunion tower, Dallas||1,3,12 climb options. 12 is a vertical mile|
|03-26-17||Seattle, WA||Northwest||Columbia Center||Big Climb Seattle||Leukemia & Lymphoma Society||69 floors||788 feet||1311 steps||http://www.llswa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=bc_home||701 5th Ave, Seattle
|04-01-17||Jackson, MS||Lower Midwest||Regions Plaza||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||22 floors||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALASE_Southeast?fr_id=15291&pg=entry||210 E Capitol Street
Jackson, MS 39201
|04-01-17||St. Louis, MO||Metropolitan Square||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||40 floors||593 feet||856 steps||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAUM_Upper_Midwest?fr_id=14963&pg=entry||One Metropolitan Square
St. Louis, MO 63102
|Power Hour option|
|04-01-17||Albuquerque, NM||TBA||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||TBA||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALASW_Southwest?fr_id=15142&pg=entry||TBA|
|04-01-17||New York, NY||Northeast||One Penn Plaza||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||55 floors||750 feet||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALANE_Northeast?fr_id=14939&pg=entry||1 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY 10019
|04-08-17||Newark, NJ||Northeast||One Gateway Center||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||26 floors||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAMA_Mid-Atlantic?fr_id=14930&pg=entry||1 Gateway Center
Newark, NJ 07102
|04-08-17||Los Angeles, CA||West||Aon Center||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||62 floors||858 feet||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALACA_California?fr_id=14950&pg=entry||707 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017
|04-09-17||Des Moines, IA||EMC Insurance Companies
|Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAUM_Upper_Midwest?fr_id=14952&pg=entry||Climb 1, 2, 3, or 4 buildings|
|04-22-17||Hartford, CT||Northeast||Hartford 21||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||34 floors||440 feet||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALANE_Northeast?fr_id=14883&pg=entry||221 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103
|04-22-17||Atlanta, GA||Southeast||Bank of America Plaza||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||55 floors||1023 feet||0||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALASE_Southeast?fr_id=15602&pg=entry||600 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
|Difficult to race if competitive climber. Run like an event.|
|04-22-17||San Francisco, CA||West||101 California||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||48 floors||600 feet||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALACA_California?fr_id=14949&pg=entry||101 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
|04-29-17||Charlotte, NC||Southeast||Duke Energy Center||Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb||Tunnel to Towers Foundation||50 floors||150||https://www.crowdrise.com/T2TTowerClimbCharlotte|
|04-29-17||Raleigh, NC||Southeast||Wells Fargo Capitol Center||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||30 floors||400 feet||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALASE_Southeast?fr_id=15121&pg=entry||150 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
|04-29-17||Ft. Myers, FL||Southeast||Oasis Tower One||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||29 floors||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALASE_Southeast?fr_id=15421&pg=entry||3000 Oasis Grand Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33916
|TBD||New York, NY||Northeast||One World Trade Center||Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb||Stephen Sillers Tunnel to Towers Foundation||104 floors||1776 feet||TBA||285 Fulton St.
New York, NY 10007
|2016 information posted|
|05-06-17||Tampa, FL||Southeast||Tampa City Center||Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb||Stephen Sillers Tunnel to Towers Foundation||38 floors||537 feet||http://www.tampacitycenter.com/||201 N Franklin St
Tampa, FL 33602
|Registration website not yet available.|
|06-11-17||Chester, PA||Northeast||Talen Energy Stadium||Philadephia CF Climb||Cystic Fibrosis Foundation||1633 steps||http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR/Climb/141_Delaware_Valley_Philadelphia?fr_id=6401&pg=entry||1 Stadium Dr.
Chester, PA 19013
|06-17-17||San Diego, CA||West||550 Corporate Center||San Diego TOWERthon||Father Joe's Villages||20 floors||422 steps||http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1142749
||550 West C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
|sprint or 2-hour muticlimb option|
|06-24-17||Atlanta, GA||Southeast||Westin Peachtree Plaza||Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb||Tunnel to Towers Tower Foundation||73 floors||723 feet||100||http://www.westinpeachtreeplazaatlanta.com/
||210 Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA, 30303
Registration website not yet available.
|09-09-17||Bennington, VT||Northeast||Bennington Battle Monument||Fight for Air Climb||American Lung Associaion||306 feet||http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALANE_Northeast?fr_id=15451&pg=entry||15 Monument Circle
Bennington, VT 05201
|09-17-17||Albany, NY||Northeast||Empire State Plaza||Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb||Tunnel to Towers Tower Foundation||42 floors||http://www.ogs.ny.gov/ESP/Directions.asp||Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12242
|Registration website not yet available.|
Welcome to the first Towerrunning USA monthly newsletter, put out January, 2017.
Bop to the Top - Indianapolis, IN
The season started off strong with Bop to the Top in Indianapolis, a perennially strong race this is still somewhat out of the national spotlight. The lower-than-typical entry fee for this race and lack of a fundraising requirement tends to bring out a large field of competitors. 5-year age groups and awards to the top three in each category also encourage participation from everyone! The awards ceremony at the end with all the winners is always a highlight. This race is formatted as a single climb or a triple climb, with the triple climb being worth 100 TWUSA points.
The typical owner of this race, Eric Leninger was out due to injuries, but his vacuum was filled by Justin Stewart, returning to stairs while nursing a running injury!
Justin won the single with a very strong 3:38, a few seconds off his record climb. Local runner Caleb Wright was considerably behind with a 4:12, followed closely by US #3 Jason larson in 4:14.
On the women’s side, Cindy Harris won again by a large margin in 4:29. 13-year-old Madeleine Keller in 5:31 and 14-year-old Julia Falcone in 5:44 rounded out the podium. Quite an interesting age balance in the top 3!
The cutoff for bonus points in the single is 5:00. 16 people went under the bonus time, so this race with a base of 50 had 11 people add 55 points of bonus for 105 points total.
Justin Stewart won the triple as well, pacing himself to a slightly more comprehensible 13:00.9, for a 4:20 average across 3 climbs. A local took second place again - Mathew Shraders - following closely behind Justin with a 13:22 triple climb. Jason Larson finished third again, with a total triple-climb time of 14:02. Relatively new on the scene, Jordan Brashears was nipping on his heels with a 14:13 total triple-climb time.
On the woman’s side, Cindy Harris continued her remarkable string of victories with yet another win, completing her three climbs in 14:17. Carlyn Brown was second with a 17:02, and another youngster did well, 14 year old Kendall Mann placing third in 19:52.
The bonus cutoff for the triple climb is 17:20. 17 runners were in the bonus range, and 7 added points to the 100 base point event, making the race worth 135 points.
Northwest double header - Seattle/Portland
Starting just hours after Bop to the Top was another exciting and unique set of events, the ALA northwest doubleheader in Seattle on Saturday and Portland on Sunday
The action began with the race in Seattle, with 1,2,3 and 4x climb options. The single and quad climbs carried extra TWUSA bonus points, at 75 each
In the 40-floor sprint, Spencer Lazzar sprinted up the steps the fastest, winning with in 4:29. Greg Larabee was second with a 5:00 and Trevor Harris was third with a 5:13. On the women’s side Kacie Cleveland won with a 5:26, with Amy Brown literally on her heels with a 5:27, and Jamie Garland close behind with a 5:42. What an exciting and tight women’s podium!
With 75 base points and a bonus cutoff of 5:40, 6 people were in the bonus range, so the race remained at 75 points.
For the 4x climb 160 floor race, Canadian national mountain runner Shaun Stephens-Whale came from Vancouver and broke the single-climb course record (set by Joe Gray!) in his first rep, putting down a 3:37. He went on to win the 4x climb easily, putting down a total time of 17:19 for 160 floors! Tristan Roth was second, with a normally-winning-time of 19:31, and Nathan Spencer was third with a 19:59.
Samantha Parks was first female with a 25:03, Stacey Haveman was second with a 26:30, and Aglow Pauls was third with a 27:50.
Bonus cutoff for this event is a 25:20. Again, 6 people were in the bonus range, so the race remained a 75-pointer.
The next day the venue moved through the lovely Cascade scenery down to Portland. Many racers who participate in both events choose to take the 3 hour train ride from Seattle to Portland in advance of the event. Like Seattle, this event also featured single-climb and multi-climb options worth bonus TWUSA points. There was a single 40-story climb, and a 5x 200 story climb that were each 75 TWUSA points
In the 40 floor event, David Roeske came from New York to claim victory in 4:17, Riley Quinn was second with a 5:19, and Joe Dudman was third with a 5:27. On the women’s side, Julianna Villar won with a 6:08, Julee Ryan was second with a 7:27, and Marie Marjama with third with a 7:58
The bonus cutoff for this race was 5:40, and 5 were in that range this time, so the race remained at 75 points.
The multiclimb - a 200 floor 5 lap affair - was won by Tristan Roth in 24:46. James Hodgson was well back in second with 28:39, followed by Patrick Zahn with a 28:46.
Jacquelyn Rodgers was first female with a 37:46, followed by Kristin Abe with a 41:00 and Brenan Dwyer with a 43:13.
Bonus cutoff for this event was 31:20. 6 people were under the cutoff, so the race remained at 75 points.
The following weekend led off with a pair of races in Texas, followed by a Chicago event.
San Antonio Run & Climb
The San Antonio Run and Climb is a unique event, beginning with a mass start opening to a .8 mile run, then a 950-step tower climb. This event drew a cohort of national climbers despite falling on the same day as the high-point Dallas Big-D climb.
Coming in first with a total time of 11:53(5:02 run, 6:51 climb) was Robert Hernandez. Second was David Kelley with a 12:18 (5:04 run, 7:14 climb) and Dave Cauthon with 12:27 (5:19 run, 7:08 climb)
On the women’s side, Marissa Murillo won with a 13:18(4:58 run, 8:20 climb) followed by Andrea Holt Duke 14:20( 5:39 run, 7:41 climb) and Alexa Fisher 14:54 (6:08 run, 8:46 climb)
With a bonus cutoff of 15:50, 44(!!!) athletes were in the bonus range, so this race earned the maximum bonus of 100 points. With a base of 100, the race ended up as a 200 point event!
Dallas, Texas “Big D” climb
Late that same day was the “Big D” race in Dallas. This race brings in some of the best competition and numbers around, and thus was worth 200 points for the region.
Powerhouse Thomas Scott won with a 9:11, followed closely by quickly rising Mark Ewell with a 9:23, and Scott Stanley with a 10:05.
Anita Averill won for women with a 12:18, followed by Jackie Rust with a 12:44, and Sue Luck with a 13:06.
The bonus range for this race was under 12:00. Fewer than 20 racers beat that, so the race remained at 200 points.
Finally, the month wrapped up with the Aon race in Chicago, a large and well-run event with over 2100 climbers. This race was worth 150 points in the region, and competition is typically very strong. It lived up to the high expectations.
In town on layover while heading to New York, world elite and reigning Empire State building champion Darren Wilson won, shattering Terry Purcell’s long-standing 9:26 course record with a 9:01! Justin Stewart continued his return to climbing with a 10:05, and John Osborn was third with a 10:40. Fourteen-year-old phenom Bob Liking with close behind with a 10:56.
On the women’s side, Jennifer Glenn won with a 12:47, just edging out Sherri Breese who finished with a 12:50. 15 year old Gabrielle Reese finished in third with a 13:20
With a bonus cutoff of 13:20, 19 people were under, therefore 20 bonus points were added to this 150-base point race, for 170 points total.
The US point system for 2016 has some changes from previous years. This document describes the point system and the changes that have been made from previous years.
Races are worth a specific number of points. Athletes competing in these races win points based on their place. The athlete winning first place for each gender gets the full points. Second place’s points are ⅚ first, third is 5/7, fourth is ⅝ and so on, the denominator increasing by one for each place. This means everyone at a race gets points, even 4000th place.
Here is a table showing what the points for the places one through 10 for a 100 point race would be:
In order to award extra points for highly competitive events after they happen, we determine how competitive the event was by assessing how many athletes performed at an elite leve, increasing the points of races that are particularly competitive. We consider elite performances as ones that are faster than a race’s elite cutoff times.
We compute elite cutoff times for events as the event’s median winning time for the past 5 years times 1.333. So, for example, if the median winning time for the past 5 years is 9:32, the elite cutoff will be 12:43, and every athete that posts that time or faster cna potentailly add points to the race.
A race being worth 100 points then means that it is expected that ten of the athletes will finish with an elite time, i.e. each of those anticipated elites contribute 10 points to the race. Each athlete beyond that cutoff can add five points to the event.
So, if a race is worth 150 points, and 23 athletes score elite times, the first 15 fill out the elite quota. The remaining eight ( 23 -15 = 8 ) contribute 5 points each, for 40 bonus points, meaning the race will be scored as a 190 point race.
This hold true even for 50 point non-cup races. A 50 point race that draws in numerous elites can earn itself out to a high point race.
The cap for bonus points is 100. So a 100 point race where 30 people score elite times can go into the books as a 200, but additional elite times will have no effect.
The sporting director can determine the elite cutoff outside of the median of the last five winning times where appropriate. For example, a very small race that suddenly draws attention won’t suddenly be worth 150 points because all the new competitors easily beat the previous winning time for the next 2 years. The sporting director can use the speed of known competitors, the building height, course difficulty, etc, to compute elite cutoffs.
If an event has more than one option eligible for US points, athletes may score in as many of them as they want. However, only one of these (the highest scorer), will count as points in the athlete’s US ranking.
Previously, if a race was scored as 150 points, every event from that race was also scored as 150 points. This ended up unbalancing the system when races had many sub-events, each of which entered by competitive athletes. Now, every sub-event is treated as a separate race when the regional director distributes points.
An athlete’s total score at any given time is the sum of the five highest points they have scored in the preceding 365 days. Races scored and entered beyond 5 are displayed as part of the scoring system, but are not counted as part of the athlete’s points.
The point system is continuous, and ranking can change on a daily basis as races fall away and new ones are added. The rankings will be used at several points throughout the year, to choose who gets elite entries, such as at willis tower or stratosphere, and for the end of the year points champion ( this is the rankings on the last day of the year ).
If a race reoccurs in a shorter period of time, for example if a race happens in march of 2015 and again in february of 2016, both the 2016 and 2015 events may count for a climber at the same time. By the same token, if the race occurrs more than 365 days apart, there will be a period where the athlete will get no points for that race, even if they participate in both events.