thyssenkrupp Towerrun 2018

Test tower hosts first thyssenkrupp Elevator Towerrun in 2018

In 2018, the European tower-running scene welcomed a new highlight to its calendar. On Sunday 16 September, the very first thyssenkrupp Elevator Towerrun was held in Rottweil, in Germany's Black Forest. And this wasn't just any staircase. Competitors were faced with Europe's highest stair-running venue in the shape of thyssenkrupp's elevator test tower, which was opened in 2017. Athletes in a variety of disciplines tackled almost 1,400 steps and a vertical climb of over 230 metres (670 feet). The initial complement of entries for the inaugural event was snapped up within a few days, and when a further 100 places on the start line were released, they disappeared in five minutes flat. Christian Dillschnitter, Project Director for the Towerrun, was very pleased with the level of interest in the event “We're delighted that the 700 starting places are in such high demand for the first event. We will have competitors from all over Germany and 12 other European countries.” Alongside the ‘civilian’ competitors, a large contingent of fire-fighters were also preparing to take on the challenge. The uniformed rescuers conquered the thyssenkrupp test tower in teams of two, with entrants in the blue-riband category climbing the tower in full breathing apparatus. Police officers from across Germany and representing all branches of the force had similarly high hopes. Indeed, the Rottweil Police Academy registered almost 40 of its officers for the event as part of a training and recruitment drive. The police contingent spanned every level of the force, with everyone from Deputy Commissioners to firearms officers taking on the challenge.

Towerrun 2018 at a glance

  • Runners have to climb 1,390 steps.
  • Winner Christian Riedl raced up the 1,390 steps in just 6 minutes, 56 seconds.
  • The finish is at 232 metres (671 feet)
  • The oldest competitor was born in 1942 and came from just around the corner in Rottweil, while our youngest stair-runner, from Zimmern Ob Rottweil, was only born in 2010, and took on the challenge with his mum.

Pictures from the inaugural event

Around 700 people took part in the first running, impressing organisers with their fitness and stamina.

Categories in the Towerrun 2018

  • Individual
  • Pairs race
  • Pairs relay
  • Fire brigade pairs race with breathing apparatus
  • Fire brigade pairs race without breathing apparatus

You can see full results for all the participants in the 2018 race on the official website,