12h Stair Climbing World Record Attempt by Christian Riedl

September 28, 2014

On September 28, German stair runner Christian Riedl, who is currently ranked 3rd in the Towerrunning World Cup ranking, will try to set a new world record in 12 hour stair climbing in Tower 185 in Frankfurt/Main (Germany). The current record, which is only nine months old, is held by Justin Stewart, one of the best American stair climbers and last year’s winner of the SkyRise in Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower. Last November, he climbed the Hilton Hotel in Springfield (USA) 116 times meaning 61,712 steps and a vertical height of 11.644,36 m.

With a height of 200 m Tower 185 is the fourth highest office building in Germany and represents the grand entrance to Frankfurt’s Europaviertel. Tower 185 has been built between 2008 and 2011 setting new benchmarks for high-rise construction in terms of eco-friendliness, energy efficiency and architectural design. During his record attempt, the 34 year old Riedl is running between ground floor and floor 50 at exactly 185 meters. Since only the upwards vertical meters will count for the world record, it is explicitly allowed and advisory to use the elevator for the way downwards back to the entry of the stairwell.

Christian Riedl is aware of the difficulty of setting a new world record: “Justin’s record is definitely hard to beat. He is one of very few tower runners, who are not only very good at running up skyscrapers once, but he is also excellent at long distance endurance sports events.” However, besides focusing on the Towerrunning World Cup over the last years, Riedl has always been active in different areas, among which last year’s Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kailua-Kona/Hawaii has definitely been a highlight. Nearly ten years ago he has already been age-group world champion in ultra bicycle marathon. Interestingly, Riedl’s first stair run has been the Mount Everest Stair Marathon near Dresden (Germany) ranging over 39,700 steps. Back in 2007, he became second behind the Swiss Kurt Hess, current world record holder for 24 hour stair climbing. At that time he was infected by the idea of setting a world record of his own.

For the past weeks, Riedl has been training intensively in Tower 185. His longest training session lasted eight hours. The average time for one complete lap on the racetrack, which was two floors shorter than on event day, was around ten minutes being fast enough to beat the record. Despite these good training results the winner of this year’s Premium Race in Almere is cautious: “I have already competed in many endurance events lasting over many hours. Anything can happen, especially in the last third of the race. However, if I am in good health at the starting line, I am confident to break the record.”

The start of the record attempt will be 07:00 a.m. at Tower 185, Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 35-37, Frankfurt/Main (Germany). Everyone interested in attending the event is cordially invited to get an accreditation by writing an e-mail to info@towerrunning-germany.de. — with Christian Riedl.

Photo: September 28, 2014
12h Stair Climbing World Record Attempt by Christian Riedl

On September 28, German stair runner Christian Riedl, who is currently ranked 3rd in the Towerrunning World Cup ranking, will try to set a new world record in 12 hour stair climbing in Tower 185 in Frankfurt/Main (Germany). The current record, which is only nine months old, is held by Justin Stewart, one of the best American stair climbers and last year’s winner of the SkyRise in Chicago's iconic Willis Tower. Last November, he climbed the Hilton Hotel in Springfield (USA) 116 times meaning 61,712 steps and a vertical height of 11.644,36 m.

With a height of 200 m Tower 185 is the fourth highest office building in Germany and represents the grand entrance to Frankfurt’s Europaviertel. Tower 185 has been built between 2008 and 2011 setting new benchmarks for high-rise construction in terms of eco-friendliness, energy efficiency and architectural design. During his record attempt, the 34 year old Riedl is running between ground floor and floor 50 at exactly 185 meters. Since only the upwards vertical meters will count for the world record, it is explicitly allowed and advisory to use the elevator for the way downwards back to the entry of the stairwell.

Christian Riedl is aware of the difficulty of setting a new world record: “Justin’s record is definitely hard to beat. He is one of very few tower runners, who are not only very good at running up skyscrapers once, but he is also excellent at long distance endurance sports events.” However, besides focusing on the Towerrunning World Cup over the last years, Riedl has always been active in different areas, among which last year’s Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kailua-Kona/Hawaii has definitely been a highlight. Nearly ten years ago he has already been age-group world champion in ultra bicycle marathon. Interestingly, Riedl’s first stair run has been the Mount Everest Stair Marathon near Dresden (Germany) ranging over 39,700 steps. Back in 2007, he became second behind the Swiss Kurt Hess, current world record holder for 24 hour stair climbing. At that time he was infected by the idea of setting a world record of his own.

For the past weeks, Riedl has been training intensively in Tower 185. His longest training session lasted eight hours. The average time for one complete lap on the racetrack, which was two floors shorter than on event day, was around ten minutes being fast enough to beat the record. Despite these good training results the winner of this year’s Premium Race in Almere is cautious: “I have already competed in many endurance events lasting over many hours. Anything can happen, especially in the last third of the race. However, if I am in good health at the starting line, I am confident to break the record.”

The start of the record attempt will be 07:00 a.m. at Tower 185, Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 35-37, Frankfurt/Main (Germany). Everyone being interested in attending the event is cordially invited to get an accreditation by writing an e-mail to info@towerrunning-germany.de.

 

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