Attention all ambitious stair-runners! On 15 September the German Towerrunning Championships will be held in Rottweil for the first time. Görge Heimann, President of Towerrunning Germany, is delighted with the venue. “We are really pleased to have found a fitting venue for the German Championships and are hoping for a good turn-out, including in the age-group categories.”
With top athletes already registered to take part in large numbers, an exciting battle for Germany's tower-running crown is in prospect. Defending champion and current overall World Cup Champion Christian Riedl will start as hot favourite for the men's event, while in the women's race, last year's winner and local hero Martina Nagel will be pulling out all the stops to repeat her victory and prevail over the assembled elite of the tower-running world.
“It is a great honour for us to have been chosen to host a championship just a year after the first run in the tower,” says Tower Manager Beate Höhnle. The feeling of sporting camaraderie associated with event has made a deep impression on her: “It was an exciting, emotional and moving experience to see about 700 runners conquering our research facility on foot last year,” she says. Planning for ‘round two’ in Rottweil in September is already under way.
While it is a great honour to have been chosen as the venue for the German Championships, the thyssenkrupp Towerrun is still very much intended as a fun event for amateur enthusiasts, ambitious athletes and professional stair-runners alike. The 1,390 steps up to Germany's highest viewing platform make the test tower a special venue even for experienced stair-runners, providing a stern test and an unforgettable experience for every starter. The first batch of entries for this second running sold out within ten hours.
The registration portal will reopen at 10 am sharp (Central European Time) on 15 March to allocate more entries. Speed is the name of the game here – last year's extra entries sold out within just five minutes.
Alongside the ‘civilian’ competitors, a large contingent of fire-fighters are also preparing to take on the challenge. The challenge for the uniformed rescuers is to conquer the thyssenkrupp test tower in teams of two, with entrants in the blue-riband category climbing the tower in full breathing apparatus – easily the toughest way of reaching the summit.
As well as hosting the German Championships for the first time, 15 September 2019 will see another first for the Towerrun. Given the numbers of police officers who competed in the ‘standard’ category in 2018, the event organisers have decided to add a separate category for servicing police staff this year.
With its 1,390 steps, the thyssenkrupp Towerrun is the highest stair-run in western Europe, leading to Germany's highest viewing platform at 232 metres (761ft) – and a stunning view over the Black Forest and the Alps. thyssenkrupp Elevator uses the Rottweil test tower, opened in 2017, to develop the world's only ropeless, multi-directional elevator and to test high-speed elevators for use in skyscrapers. The engineers can even make the building sway to simulate realistic wind conditions.
Anyone who makes the mighty effort to conquer the steps to top of the tower on 15 September will see modern elevator technology in a whole new light. More and more people are living in urban areas, which are in turn becoming more and more built-up and reaching ever further skywards. The kinds of forward-looking solutions being tested in the thyssenkrupp test tower are crucial to providing more and better mobility, as well as ensuring our safety, comfort and quality of life.