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Save the date!

National Take the Stairs Day (NTTSD) is held annually on the second Wednesday of January. It was created to encourage others to find the health benefits of taking the stairs. You are welcome to use the NTTSD Logo to encourage people to take the stairs on January 11th (and beyond) to help folks turn taking the stairs into a healthy habit!

For more information about this event, contact Mark Trahanovsky the creator and advocate of NTTSD. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Aon Chicago 2016 was a roaring success, drawing in just under 2000 climbers on a brisk and foggy chicago morning.
 
Winning yet again was Eric Leninger, with a smoking 9:51.  In second place was Springfield powerhouse Jon “OZ” Osbourn, with a 10:41.  Close behind in third, fresh off crushing the PNW doubleheader was Jason Larson with a 10:49.  
 
On the women’s side was Liz Ruvalcaba with a 11:32.  Close behind was 17 year old Kyleigh Spearing with  12:03.  In third was perennial Aon podium placer Jennifer Glenn with a 13:16. 
 
One of the nice things about this race is they welcome and encourage climbers to do extra laps! Many took advantage, knocking out 6 or more climbs, incluing Karen Geninatti, David Kestel, Tom McGee, James Downey, John Wilmas, and David Hanley. 
 
Another great feature is the finishing area up to.  You end up in a ballroom with tons of food and drink, space to stretch out, and great views of the city.  Unfortunately, this year, the clouds were lower than the race finish, so we could only imagine the city below. There is also a large food spread at the finish of the race, and a family area for people who need somewhere to entertain the kids while parents take turns climbing!

19 climbers finished under the 13:05 “golden time” cutoff ( 1.33 * median winning time ) resulting in a 20 point bonus, bringing the full climb to 170 points total.  

 

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Stephanie Hucko and Sproule Love defend their crowns at the 2016 US Stairclimbing Championship!

 

Stratosphere 2016 was once again an epic race and a grand spectacle.  The top 50 ranked towerrunners of each sex received invites to the special elite wave at the ALA stratosphere race to compete for the US championship.  With a clear fast stairwell and large 30 second start gaps, it was climber vs the stairs in an epic battle for the US championship. 

 

On the women’s side, Stephanie was favored to win and she delivered... dropping her winning time from last year by 4 seconds in the process, and winning by well over a minute. The race for 2nd place was much tighter, with the next four ladies all coming in under 11 minutes.

 

Here are the top 5 women:

Stephanie Hucko 8:48
Jordan Ciambrone  10:00
Amy Brown  10:11
Linda Viner   10:38
Christine Soskins 10:50

                            

On the men's side, Sproule also won handily, dropping his nearest rival by over 20 seconds, and exactly matching his time from the year before. The only real threat to his crown came from somebody who *didn't* race; unfortunately teen phenom Lucas Matison had to drop out at the last minute with a serious bout of poison oak and we'll have to wait another year to see these giants race head to head at the highest-profile race of the year.

 

Similar to the women's race, the race for the men’s 2nd place was fierce. There were at least half a dozen men all looking to climb under the coveted 8 minute mark. Two squeeked under and a few others were within spitting distance.

 

Here were the top 5 men:

Sproule Love  7:22
Alex Workman  7:46
Thomas Scott    7:55
Jason Larson       8:11
Adam Cellemme    8:16

                      

For those history buffs out there, here are the current course records:

Erika Aklufi (F)                   8:16 (2013)

Kevin Crossman (M)       7:05 (2012)

 

Will these records be broken any time soon? Let’s look forward to 2017 to find out!

Welcome to the home of Towerrunning USA!  Stairclimbing is becoming an increasingly popular sport with over 100 races held annually across the United States.

Towerrunning USA has two primary goals: 

1) To promote stairclimbing as a healthy form of exercise

 2) To promote stairclimbing as a competitive amateur sport

On this site you will find resources to help you climb stairs whether you are a competitive climber or a fitness enthusiast who just wants to know more about the benefits of stairclimbing.