The fourth stage of the 2015 Vertical World Circuit took off May 29 with the VertiGo up France’s tallest building. Nearly 2,000 participants raced up the 954 steps and 48 floors where ranking leader Piotr Lobodzinski from Poland set a new record in 4’43” – shaving 9 seconds off his 2014 winning time.
The women’s winner was Czech Lenka Svabikova, who closed in 6’10”.
Lobodzinski maintains the 2015 VWC ranking lead while Svabikova holds 2nd place after her win in London. Italy’s Cristina Bonacina still leads the ranking after scoring points in the New York, London and Tapei VWC stages.
Second man summiting the Tour First tower was Spaniard David Robles Tapia in 5’01”, followed by Belgian Omar Bekkali in 5’07”.
The VertiGo race, now in its 3rd year, is organised by PL4Y International (formerly Sport Without Borders).
About PL4Y International
The money raised will help PL4Y International to develop its programmes across the globe. Since 1999, the NGO has used sports as powerful leverage for social change and has showed that innovation through sports favours social cohesion. The objective of this third edition is to collect € 200,000 and allow 25,000 children to learn and grow through sport.
Tower: Tour First
Race floors: 48
Race records: Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) 4’43”. Suzy Walsham (AUS) 5’43”
1. Piotr Lobodzinksi (POL) – 4’43”
2. David Robles Tapia (ESP) – 5’01”
3. Omar Bekalli (BEL) – 5’07”
4. Rolf Majcen (AUT) – 5’14”
5. Ralf Hascher (GER) – 5’25”
1. Lenka Svabikova (CZE) – 6’10”
2. Elodie Bernascon (FRA) – 9’08”
3. Laetitia Personnaz (FRA) 12’04”
VWC Ranking extract
1. Piotr Lobodzinski - 300 points
2. David Robles Tapia - 228
3. Emanuele Manzi – 156 points
1. Cristina Bonacina – 224 points
2nd equal: Lenka Svabikova – 200 points - Suzy Walsham – 200 points
The VWC ranking is based on the best results of four out of eight races. The World Champions will be crowned in Hong Kong which once again will host the grand finale at the SHKP Vertical Run: Race to Hong Kong ICC on December 6.
High altitude, whether in the mountains or the city, is the arena of the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF), which governs, promotes and sanctions skyrunning (high altitude mountain running) and skyscraper racing worldwide.
Race website: www.course-vertigo.org
VertiGo post race round-up - numbers, photos, video
- Lobodzinski & Walsham win Taipei 101
- VWC heads for Taipei 101
- Majcen and Reid Climb to Victory at Hanoi Vertical Run
- Vertical World Circuit heads to Hanoi Exhibition Race
- Top skyscraper racers ascend London’s Tower 42
- It's a Vertical Rush up Tower 42
- Riedl and Walsham winners in New York
- 2015 Vertical World Circuit announced
- Walsham & Lobodzinski world champions at Hong Kong final
- Skyscraper racers head for VWC grand finale
- Walsham and Bourne fly in Shanghai
- Victory goes to Lobodzinski and Hahner in Brazil's Corrida Vertical
- Western China’s tallest tower race - Dold and Xue winners
- Walsham and Lobodzinski winners in Beijing
- Beijing is back - China World Summit Wing
- Men’s record falls in Benidorm - siblings Llorens winners
- VertiGO victory for Walsham and Lobodzinski - records tumble
- Ready for VertiGO?
- Taipei 101 – Bourne and Belotti repeat last year’s win
- VWC heads for Taipei
- Walsham takes fifth NY win - Norwegian Ludvigsen wins men's title
- 2014 VWC announced
- Australians Walsham and Bourne are VWC World Champions
- Countdown to VWC final on Hong Kong’s ICC Tower
- Suzy Walsham & Mark Bourne winners in Singapore
- Vertical World Circuit heads for Singapore
- VWC final announced on Hong Kong’s ICC Tower
- World Champions win 2nd Hanoi Vertical Run
- Star-studded Hanoi Vertical Run
- Dold and Walsham triumph on Beijing’s tallest tower
- World class line-up for Beijing’s first tower race
- Bourne and Belotti winners at Taipei
- Walsham and Lobodzinski Basel winners
- VWC - New York victory is all-Australian
- New York kicks off 2013 Vertical World Circuit