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Empire State Building Run-Up

 

https://nycruns.com/race-results/?race=the-empire-state-building-run-up-presented-by-marmot

 

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!



FFA jacksonville

 

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 Terrace

 

( http://www.theracershub.com/results_view.php?id=2862&result_type=file )

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




Nashville

http://action.lung.org/site/DocServer/Single_Climb_Results.pdf?docID=41186

 

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

 

http://www.hallucinationsports.com/event/show/372337958#/results::14879302005360

 

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!



Hancock:

 

http://www.lungchicago.org/site/files/487/163670/539045/773537/94Overall.txt

 

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

https://goo.gl/kCgY4c

 

 

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
Evening race
12-03-16 Oklahoma City, OK Lower Midwest Leadership Square North Tower
Oklahoma 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
Stadium climb
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
Indianapolis, IN
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
WA 98104
 
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
Financial Center
Hub Tower
Ruan Center
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
Stadium climb
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
Hotel
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!

 

Single climb

 

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.  



Triple Climb

 

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

 

Seattle

 

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.

 

Portland

 

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.  



AON Chicago

 

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.

 

Building points:

 

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:

 

1st

100

2nd

83.33

3rd

71.42

4th

62.5

5th

55.55

6th

50.0

7th

45.45

8th

41.66

9th

38.46

10th

35.71



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.